Miscellaneous One offs Zakuri Bunka

Aogami blue #1 steel makes this knife a great value purchase!

Hand-made by blacksmith Michikuni Tokaji in Tosa, Japan, this bunka punches way above its price point. Blue #1 steel (approx 60:61 HRC) sandwiched between a reactive carbon cladding means that this knife will take and hold a great edge. 

This bunka unlike others we sell has more belly towards the tip meaning you can get a lot of use out of that part of the knife and also good rocking action when cutting. There's also a good knuckle clearance due to the height.

We have ordered these knives with new handles that, in our opinion really enhance the knife, gone are the plastic ferrules, instead you have an octagonal one piece in a mid brown wood.

Sharpness out of the box is OK but give it a go on the stones before using it and you'll be able to achieve a screamingly sharp edge, it will hold it too.

All in all a cracking knife for the price, just be aware of the extra care a carbon knife requires.

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.

4 / 5 Performance

A solid performer at the price and a good level of sharpness out of the box too. 

The technical bits

  • Blade length 170 mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total length 310 mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade width 3 mm (Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Total weight 115 grams
  • 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

Depending on the knife and blacksmith the packaging may vary so check on the knife you're buying and we'll try and include a photo or description of everything that comes with it. Rest assured, as with all our knives, we'll still send out some plasters and a knife care tips card with your purchase.

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.

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