Yoshikane Hamono White #2 Bunka

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Looking for a high quality and trusty sidekick for every job then this definitely fits the bill! The bunka is well balanced and nimble with excellent sharpness right of the box.

First Impressions

An excellent sharpness out of the box and is nimble in hand thanks to the reasonably thick tapered blade and well finished white #2 core.

Yoshikane knives are widely regarded as having some of the best geometry and performance and it's entirely justified.


The nashiji finish on the stainless cladding paired with the high polish of the white #2 core really is stunning. It's subtle and understated which we love and contrasted with a range of handles (the standard is wenge and black buffalo) we think it looks wonderful.

As the core steel develops a patina over time and darkens it will continue to provide a lovely contrast with the stainless cladding.

In Hand

The comfortable workhorse profile and relatively thick spine above the heel is good in hand and gives a substantial feel without being over heavy and is nimble in use.


White #2 clad in stainless is a popular combination for a good reason - it's easy to sharpen and retains an edge well and with minimal extra care it's going to last you a lifetime. 

Ease of Care

It's a reactive core steel so will develop a patina over time but simple care and maintenance of rinse and dry after use and you'll have no problems. 

We recommend using our carbon steel care kit to keep the knife in top condition.

Our Verdict

For the money you're definitely getting a great knife, it's very well made and finished and looks superb. Yoshikane Hamono have a long established and worthy reputation for creating high quality knives and this is one of them.

The White #2 is one of our most popular workhorse profile knives and from home cooks to professional chefs, our customers always give this collection a glowing review.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 170mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 320mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 49.1mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 3.79mm (Spine width above the heel) 2.36mm (Measured halfway along spine) 1.44mm (Measured 15mm from tip)
  • Total Weight: 156 grams
  • Core Steel: White #2
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 62-63 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Various
  • Handle Material: Various
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: YOS-0043-##

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

Both the bunka and santoku magnolia saya fit this knife as does the bunka size (22x5cm) blade guard.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Meet the maker

Yoshikane Hamono

Established in 1919 in the city of Sanjo, Yoshikane Hamono have a well deserved reputation for their high quality craftsmanship and finishing and this range of knives are forged by the 4th generation head of the factory Kazuomi Yamamoto.

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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