Bunka knife, SG2 powder steel, tsuchime finish - Yu Kurosaki *
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Yu Kurosaki is a young blacksmith based in Takefu, Echizen. He started his blacksmithing career in 2002 appetising under Hiroshi Kato the then owner of Kanehiro. In 2018 he was given the award of Traditional Japanese Craftsman, a very high accolade. We are very proud to sell his knives and think he is a real one to watch in the future.
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: SG2 or R2. These are modern powder steels and as the name suggested are formed from mixture of powdered elements heated and pressed together. This allows for very precise recipes to be followed. The steels themselves have the ability to be hardened to above 65 on the Rockwell scale giving them excellent edge retention. This does come at a slight cost in that they can be slightly difficult to sharpen.
FINISH: Tsuchime. This is a hand hammered finish that helps with food release.
HANDLE: Octagonal rosewood handle with a black pakkawood ferrule
LENGTH: 165mm in length.
MAKER: Yu Kurosaki - Takefu, Japan.
BEST FOR: Those looking for a range of knives that is as functional as it is beautiful.
SAUNDERS SAYS: “We met Kurosaki San last time we were in Japan and we both immediately knew we wanted to sell his knives."
These knives are hand-forged so there may be slight variations in measurements and finishes.