Yoshida Hamono ZDP-189 Kurouchi Bunka

Incredibly sharp and good looking, this is a beautiful example of a bunka.

*Please note: the handle is now walnut octagonal with a black pakka ferrule, not oval rosewood*

The unique shape of the bunka knife means that it is perfect for veg prep and for intricate tip work.

The knife is made from a core steel of ZDP-189, a very hard steel (66-67 HRC), which means it can achieve and hold an incredibly sharp edge.

Laminated steelΒ - the core is made of very hard steel, dressed in an outer layer of softer stainless steel.Β Such a blade remains sharp for a very long time, and because of the softened external steel it is easier to grind and at the same time protect the centre steel from external factors.

Kurouchi finished blade, which is in the upper part of the knife, untreated and has already developed a dark patina.Β This protects the blade while giving it a traditional Japanese look.Β On the hand-wrought-iron knife, we have left visible fingerprints for a wonderful appearance, which at the same time prevents the food sticking.

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.

5 / 5 Performance

We have had the bunka version in this range in our kitchen for the last year and it performs beautifully. It is incredibly sharp and simply glides through vegetable, it's a joy to use.

4 / 5 Beauty

These are very good looking knives, you can see the journey they have been on through the process in the steel itself. If you are looking for a knife that tells a story then look no further.

4 / 5 Comfort

Overall these knives are very comfortable to use, the lack of a finger notch at the heel could be a downside to some and it is a little weightier than some of our other knives.

5 / 5 Durability

This steel is very durable, avoid the usual bones and don't go anywhere near a dishwasher and you'll be rewarded.

4 / 5 Ease of Care

ZDP 189 can be difficult to sharpen but you shouldn't have to do it very often, a few strokes with a ceramic sharpening rod will keep it in tip top condition between sharpens.

4 / 5 Value for money

These knives represent good value for money, the craftsmanship and style make this knife a great investment.

The technical bits

  • Blade length 188 mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total length 322 mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade width 2 mm (Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height 51 mm Heel to spine
  • Total weight 148 grams
  • Blade Material cutting edge, laminated in Stainless

    This knife steel has some special care instructions, learn more.

  • Hardness 66:67 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

A textured shiny black box, lined with black card and the knife name in Japanese along the top. The blade is encased in a plastic sheath for protection.

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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