Stunningly beautiful bunka.
Made by veteran blacksmith Hiroshi Kato San this nakiri is a real beauty. Kiri means mist in Japanese and this is perfectly portrayed by the damascus stainless cladding that protects the VG10 core steel. This is a low maintenance knife due to being completely stainless, cuts well and will stay sharp for a long time thanks to the qualities of the VG10 core.
At a glance
We have personally tested and reviewed this knife to give you an honest and personal opinion about it and this is how it rates.
The technical bits
- Blade length 171 mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
- Total length 316 mm (Blade + Handle)
- Blade width 3 mm (Measured where blade enters handle)
- Blade height 47 mm Heel to spine
- Total weight 111 grams
- Blade Material VG10 cutting edge, laminated in Stainless
- Hardness 60-62 HRC
- Style Japanese
- Handle Style Japanese
- Tang Style Half
- Left or right handed Both
- Type Bunka
Our aim is to measure everything as accurately as possible but some specifications (such as hardness for example) are provided by the manufacturer and therefore should be used as a guide only.
What You Get
Beautiful blue fibre boxes with the Masakage logo and name in silver foil on the lid. On the inside you will find a blue stepped inlay and your beautiful knife of course, wrapped in Japanese newspaper by the craftsmen who made it. So while you're not working on your knife skills you can catch up your Japanese language skills. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving...
What is a Bunka knife?
A good general purpose knife that's a similar to a santoku or gyuto but with a more pronounced tip for intricate work.