Takeo Murata Buho Ko-Bocho

Regular price £80.00
/

Currently out of stock

Takeo Murata Buho Ko-Bocho Purchase options

Like a cross between a small Santoku and a Petty knife, the Ko-Bocho is ideally suited to a range of intricate roles primarily working with vegetables and foods that, as a general guide, you can hold in your hand while working.

If you don't have a small prep knife in your kitchen we think you should consider this one. All those intricate jobs will be a doddle!

Whilst it is the same size as the Sabaki in this range their uses are very different, the Ko-Bocho has a higher clearance perfect for veg chopping and has a thinner spine.

First Impressions

While not quite matching up to some of our other ranges for out the box sharpness, the finish of the cutting edge is excellent for such an affordable knife and with a top up sharpen it will be screamingly sharp.

You will need to take care of it while cutting and we do recommend the use a sharpening rod every few weeks just to keep the edge in best condition.

It will of course dull eventually because the steel used is not quite of the hardness of our higher cost knives but this knife truly excels itself in the kitchen!

Beauty

One of the aims of the Buho range is to give a feel for Japanese knife construction techniques and styling without breaking the bank.

The hammered finish on the blades and the choice of dark octagonal wood or d-shaped oval magnolia wood handles are certainly in keeping with Japanese style.

In Hand

Lightweight thanks to their half tang construction, we find working with the Buho for short or extended periods is very comfortable indeed.

Durability

The steel used in the blade is not quite to the hardness of Aogami super steel for example but this is the compromise reached to deliver a great Japanese knife experience at a significantly lower cost to many other ranges.

The blade will happily keep an edge and is still very sharp but you may wish to consider using a sharpening rod or stone every few weeks to maintain the edge. It's very much a working kitchen tool but one that might require handling with a little more care than a typical Western chopper.

Ease of Care

It is important to note that the blades of the Buho knives are fully reactive which means both the core steel and soft iron cladding will develop a patina and can also  develop rust spots when exposed to moisture. 

That is entirely normal and it's easy to scrub this off with a rust eraser but if you're looking for a low maintenance knife then this may not be best option and we recommend checking out a stainless steel or at least one with stainless cladding. 

We're happy with the quality and durability of the blade in care terms but we do always recommend washing and drying by hand immediately after use to keep the knife in best condition. Do not put this knife in a dishwasher.

Our Verdict

The Buho is exceptional value for money.

It's got the looks, it's got many of the properties and a great level of sharpness on the cutting edge but gives those who are considering investing in Japanese knives a real chance to do so without breaking the bank.

Product details

  • Blade Length: 120mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 250mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 3mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 38mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 72 grams
  • Steel Type - Cladding: Soft Iron
  • Steel Type - Core: Blue Steel #1
  • This knife is made from a reactive steel that has some special care instructions and properties – learn more.

  • Left or Right handed: Either
  • Hardness: 61-63 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Magnolia (light) with plastic bolster or octagonal (dark) pakka
  • Restock Time: Up to 6 months Approximate timescale for restocking this knife if stock levels are low

Product SKU: 1205

Our aim is to measure and photograph all our products as accurately as possible but due to the handmade nature of many items, please be aware that there may be some variance in the measurements and that things such as blade and knife handle patterns can vary and presentation boxes may differ from those shown but we will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

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

Blacksmith Profile

Takeo Murata

Takeo Murata is a blacksmith from Kochi Japan who began his apprenticeship at 16 in 1965 and is famed for his craftsmanship and the balance of his knives.

View all Takeo Murata knives

You might also like these

Helping you find the perfect knife

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

Since 2011 we've helped thousands of happy customers find the perfect knife for their cooking and hope to serve you soon.

Ally & James

About us  |  Our promise  |  Contact us