Katsushige Anryu Aogami Bunka

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A delightful, nimble bunka perfect for every day use and the tip is ideally suited to very intricate tasks too.

Made of Aogami blue #2 steel and clad in stainless steel this is knife that has the best of both worlds, the joy of carbon but with the easy to care for addition of stainless cladding.

This is hand-made knife therefore each one is unique, the hammered finish really is a sight to behold, you can really get a sense of the fact that it was hand-made in a forge. Very thin behind the edge with an excellent grind, but that's what you get from a blacksmith with over 50 years experience!

First Impressions

Aogami blue #2 steel, is considered a very tough steel, not quite as hard as super blue but not as brittle which gives you the perfect knife if you don't want to spend a long time sharpening it.

These are very sharp out of the box for the average user but if you want to take them to the stones you can achieve a sharper edge still.

Beauty

They are beautiful. The hammer marks really give a sense of how the knife was made, in a hot forge by a blacksmith rather than a pristine machine. The handles are quite understated leaving all the cooing to be done over the blade!

Please note that newer knives in the range have an octagonal shaped handle not an oval one.

In Hand

A classic walnut and black buffalo wa handle offers a light and comfortable grip making for a nimble and well balanced knife.

Please note: These knives are supplied with either an oval or octagonal shaped handle and availability of a specific shape isn't possible to guarantee so the handle fitted is what is available at the time.

Durability

Aogami blue #2 is considered a very tough and durable steel, the steel doesn't get as hard as super blue so not as brittle. As is normal with all our knives, treat it with care and it will last a lifetime.

Ease of Care

The core steel in these knives is carbon which is reactive but with the stainless steel cladding you don't need to worry much. The only part of the carbon core that is exposed is on the edge of the blade. This will patina over time but gives the knife a lovely unique look and in our eyes, becomes part of its history.

All you need to do is wipe, dry and store, don't put it in the dishwasher and don't leave it sat around in the wet. Keep the edge in tip top condition with a go on the ceramic rod every few weeks and every now and again take it to the stones.

Our Verdict

The blue #2 steel coupled with the great fit and finish makes these knives absolute winners in our eyes. The reputation regarding performance that goes before them makes the price hard to believe.

Product details

  • Blade Length: 168mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 314mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 3.1mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 45.1mm (Heel to spine)
  • Steel Type - Cladding: Stainless
  • Steel Type - Core: Blue Steel #2
  • This knife is made from a reactive steel that has some special care instructions and properties – learn more.

  • Left or Right handed: Either
  • Hardness: 62 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Walnut with black buffalo ferrule (Oval or octagonal - see comfort section above)
  • Restock Time: 3-6 months Approximate timescale for restocking this knife if stock levels are low

Product SKU: 1112

Our aim is to measure and photograph all our products as accurately as possible but due to the handmade nature of many items, please be aware that there may be some variance in the measurements and that things such as blade and knife handle patterns can vary and presentation boxes may differ from those shown but we will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

Some measurements such as HRC are provided by the manufacturer and should therefore be used as a guide.

Blacksmith Profile

Takumi Ikeda / Katsushige Anryu

The aogami range has been made for many years by master blacksmith Anryu san but with his retirement at the start of 2021, production of this line has passed to his nephew and apprentice and highly skilled blacksmith Takumi Ikeda who continues to make the knives in the same way.

View all Takumi Ikeda / Katsushige Anryu knives

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