Masakage Yuki - Bunka

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Beautiful and elegant looks with a lovely feel and balance to this knife make it a great choice for an all round chef knife and a great addition to the ever popular Yuki range.

First Impressions

The widely used and popular white #2 core steel has been sharpened and finished by one of Japan's best sharpeners, Shibata san so boasts an excellent edge right out of the box.

This one is ready to work and perform the moment you get it out of the box.

Beauty

The blade is mottled with marks and flecks from the manufacturing process, when you look at it you instantly can imagine the craftsman working this in his forge. It is obvious that this is a hand worked steel and it looks beautiful as a result.

The reactive steel core will develop a patina along the cutting edge as it reacts with your ingredients and moisture which adds to the look and part of owning a unique knife.

The handle is a beautiful white magnolia which adds to the wintery feel of this knife and the red pakka wood end cap really sets this knife off well.

In Hand

The handle is light and beautifully smooth. The blade is comfortable in the hand particularly when held with a pinch grip. The sharpness of the blade though means this knife is a joy to use as it just falls through food when chopping. Puts a smile on your face when using it.

Durability

The blade will last you a lifetime. The handle looks a little odd to us Westerners with its half tang just stuck into the handle but trust us that handle is going nowhere and is secure as a rock and suitable for its purpose.

White #2 is used in many Japanese knives because it's durable, easy to sharpen and retains its edge well.

Ease of Care

This core steel in this knife is carbon steel which if not looked after will rust along its edge. Easy to prevent, wipe and dry after each use, don't leave it sat in water. If you do find a spot of rust on the blade you can remove it with a plastic scrubber and some hot water.

The edge will gain a patina as you use it which will add to its unique character, this is caused by oxidation of the steel when moist. It's the trade off for fabulous sharpness and one worth paying.

Our Verdict

Exceptional quality at the price point - Masakage knives and the Yuki range here offer a great quality blade and sharpness out of the box. 

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 175mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 321mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 47.8mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 3.42mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Core Steel: White #2
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 61-63 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Oval magnolia with red pakka wood bolster
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: MASA-007

Our aim is to measure and photograph our products as accurately as possible but due to many items being handmade, finished or using natural materials, there can be minor variance in measurements and things such as blade or wood finishes can vary. We will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

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

Protection & care for this knife

We recommend the magnolia bunka saya or bunka size (22x5cm) blade guard for this knife.

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Meet the maker

Yoshimi Kato

Yoshimi Kato is a highly skilled blacksmith working at the Takefu knife village and makes a number of different knife ranges under his own name and for other brands such as Masakage.

Helping you find the perfect knives & accessories

Cutting Edge Knives is a family run business established in 2011 and based in the picturesque town of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. We love the history and craftsmanship that goes into making Japanese chef knives and accessories and the excitement and enjoyment you experience when using a truly sharp knife in the kitchen.

Over many years we've helped thousands of happy customers find their dream knife and look forward to helping you too.

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