Kyohei Shindo Aogami Kurouchi Bunka

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Thin, light and a classic construction. If you're wanting to experience carbon steel at an excellent price then the versatile bunka is a great choice.

First Impressions

This is an impressive knife. Out of the box, it's got a good thin edge that's ready to go but there's definitely scope to refine and polish it a little more with minimal effort on your whetstone.

At this price point, it's quite the knife and an easy entry point into learning about just how sharp and fun Japanese knives are.


There are lots of different looks, styles and finishes for Japanese knives and the kurouchi (blacksmith) finish you see here is one of the most common, it's a traditional looking knife you'd see in many Japanese homes. 

In Hand

Light and well balanced, and exceptional value for money if you're happy to accept that there might not be quite consistency of grind and overall shape to match more expensive knives then this is both fun and great value for money without doubt!

As you might expect at this price point, the handle is very much secondary to the blade and there is a small ridge/gap  where the black plastic ferrule meets the handle. This is quite typical for cheaper handles which are often used because this is where blacksmiths can save money which is better invested in the steel.

If you were minded, it's easy to replace handles on Japanese knives and we offer a range of alternative handle options should you wish.


Blue #2 and soft iron cladding is widely used because it's robust and retains an edge well and at this price point it's a great pairing that's going to serve you well.

Ease of Care

This is a fully reactive knife so both the core steel and soft iron cladding will react with food and moisture as you work so you will need to follow our normal care instructions as well as learn a little more about carbon steel care too.

Our Verdict

If you're looking to jump into the world of Japanese knives and carbon steel, this range offers an excellent introduction combining traditional construction and an impressive finish and edge right out of the box at a price tag that's extremely competitive.

Obviously there must be compromise to reach such a great price point and the handle is an obivous one but this is also a knife that unsurprisingly doesn't have the exacting consistency of grind you'd find on more expensive knives or knives from more senior blacksmiths. 

The edge however is very thin and well done and it's undoubtedly a great value and sharp knife that's fun to use!

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 170mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 310mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 45.5mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 4.5mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 121 grams
  • Core Steel: Blue Steel #2
  • Cladding Steel: Soft Iron
  • Hardness: 62 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Keyaki with black plastic bolster
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: KYO-0001

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

You can protect this knife with a bunka (22x5cm) sized blade guard.

Due to the variable thickness of the spine, there are no wooden saya that fit this knife.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Meet the maker

Kyohei Shindo

A young emerging blacksmith from Tosa, Shindo san already had several years experience in blade making before working independently and is undoubtedly one of the new wave of Japanese blacksmiths you'll hear more about in future.

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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