Bunka knife, Aogami 2, stainless clad, tsuchime finish - Matsubara
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Matsubara Hamono is now run by Master Katsuto Tanaka who has now been making knives for almost 40 years. They still use traditional forge welding techniques and are able to produce excellent hardness from their steels. We are very excited to sell these knives.
SHAPE: Bunka. A small knife very similar in stature and use to the Santoku. The main difference is the slopping tip or k tip. This is often used for fine intricate work and looks badass.
STEEL: Aogami (blue paper) 2 steel. This is very similar to white paper steel but with tungsten and chromium added to it which helps with edge retention and slows down rusting. This steels differs from Blue 1 in its carbon content, Blue 2 being slightly less. Due to the non stainless nature of this steel care must be taken to dry the knives properly after use. It is worth noting that this knife has been clad in stainless steel meaning this discolouration will only happen along the exposed edge making maintenance much easier.
FINISH: Tsuchime. This is a hand hammered finish that is not only beautiful but also functional. The small depressions stop food sticking to the knife. This finishes comes in many different forms from the traditional round hammer marks to more modern patterns.
HANDLE: Octagonal Rosewood handle with pakka wood ferrule suitable for both lefties and righties.
MAKER: Matsubara - Omura city, Japan
BEST FOR: Imagine a cross between a nakiri and a santoku.
SAUNDERS SAYS: “Wow. This whole range is really tall which is something I love.”
These knives are hand-forged so there may be slight variations in measurements and finishes.