Takeo Murata Buho Sabaki 165mm

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Sabaki means 'handling' in Japanese and in this case the Sabaki knife is used primarily for handling and removing the meat from bones (but not cutting through them) easily and quickly.

Its sturdy construction and varied lengths make it a very useful addition to the kitchen if you are regularly working with meat. You can get in and around the carcass with ease and accuracy.

First Impressions

While not quite matching up to some of our other ranges for out the box sharpness, the finish of the cutting edge is excellent for such an affordable knife and with a top up sharpen it will be screamingly sharp.

You will need to take care of it while cutting and we do recommend the use a sharpening rod every few weeks just to keep the edge in best condition.

It will of course dull eventually because the steel used is not quite of the hardness of our higher cost knives but this knife truly excels itself in the kitchen!

Beauty

One of the aims of the Buho range is to give a feel for Japanese knife construction techniques and styling without breaking the bank.

The hammered finish on the blades and the choice of dark octagonal wood or d-shaped oval magnolia wood handles are certainly in keeping with Japanese style.

In Hand

Lightweight thanks to their half tang construction, we find working with the Buho for short or extended periods is very comfortable indeed.

Durability

The steel used in the blade is not quite to the hardness of Aogami super steel for example but this is the compromise reached to deliver a great Japanese knife experience at a significantly lower cost to many other ranges.

The blade will happily keep an edge and is still very sharp but you may wish to consider using a sharpening rod or stone every few weeks to maintain the edge. It's very much a working kitchen tool but one that might require handling with a little more care than a typical Western chopper.

Ease of Care

It is important to note that the blades of the Buho knives are fully reactive which means both the core steel and soft iron cladding will develop a patina and can also  develop rust spots when exposed to moisture. 

That is entirely normal and it's easy to scrub this off with a rust eraser but if you're looking for a low maintenance knife then this may not be best option and we recommend checking out a stainless steel or at least one with stainless cladding. 

We're happy with the quality and durability of the blade in care terms but we do always recommend washing and drying by hand immediately after use to keep the knife in best condition. Do not put this knife in a dishwasher.

Our Verdict

The Buho is exceptional value for money.

It's got the looks, it's got many of the properties and a great level of sharpness on the cutting edge but gives those who are considering investing in Japanese knives a real chance to do so without breaking the bank.

Product details

Product SKU: 1208

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.

Compatable saya or guard

Due to the thickness of the sabaki, we recommend a santoku size blade guard.

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Blacksmith Profile

Takeo Murata

Takeo Murata is a blacksmith from Kochi Japan who began his apprenticeship at 16 in 1965 and is famed for his craftsmanship and the balance of his knives.

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