Takeshi Saji is now 72 years old and has become one of the most well-known and experienced forge smiths in Japan. Just as the sun is vital for life on earth, Takeshi Saji’s existence is very important to many young forge smiths and customers.
Takeshi Saji’s new “Ocean Sunshine” series of knives once again reminded me of his importance as a craftsman and his powerful, beautiful, wild spirit.
Beautifully mirror polished, these shinning VG-10 blades have an attractive Wavy Damascus pattern and a unique Tsuchime Hammered Texture. Heat treated to HRc. 62, these hammer-forged blades feature a stainless VG-10 core, outer layers of custom forged Nickel Stainless Damascus steel and a traditional Japanese Hamaguri-Ba (Convex) blade grind that provides a remarkable combination of cutting performance and edge retention.
You can truly sense that Master Saji’s vitality and powerful spirit are present in these blades.
Master Saji chose layered black Linen Micarta® for the handle scales because it is durable, water-resistant and resists shrinkage very well. We think the aesthetic contrast between these simple, practical Linen Micarta® Handles and the beautiful Sunshine Damascus blade is perfect.
The Bunka is a general-purpose kitchen knife that used to be just as popular as the Santoku, but has become less commonplace in recent years. With its tall blade, the Bunka knife is particularly suitable for cutting vegetables or fruit and the triangular tip area is particularly useful for detailed work and cutting fish or meat.
Knife Model: “Ocean Sunshine”: Takeshi Saji VG-10 Hammered Damascus Series Bunka
Blade Material: VG-10 Nickel Damascus Blade
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62
Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Black Linen Micarta Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster
Saya Included: No.
Bunka 175mm (6.8")
Cutting edge length: 175mm
Total Length: 305mm
Blade Thickness: 2.4mm
Blade Width: 51mm
Handle Length: 120mm
Total Weight: 235ｇ
This knife comes with 50/50 double bevel edge geometry for both right and left handed use.
For your information, Japanese Kitchen knives are generally designed for right hand use with a slightly thicker and rounded grinding on the right side blade and a less rounded (almost straight flat) grinding on the left side blade. However, both right and left hander can use the knives that have double bevel edge sharpened 50/50 without problems.
We believe the quality and cutting performance of Japanese knives are the best in the world, and hope you enjoy fine craftsmanship and sharp edge with your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for long times.
This is the Stainless steel blade kitchen knife that has a good rust resistance for easy maintenance. However, it may get rust, if kept in wet condition.
This is a beautiful and impressive knife with great balance, weight and looks. The spirit of the sun reflected on water is present in every hammered contour of the blade and the handle is dark as night. Solid and hefty its muscled appearance is still elegant and good looking. I'm very happy with this Saji piece of art, it is a bunka with unmistakeable character. Would especially recommend to those who find a 210mm too long. This hocho can handle any home cooking task.