Bunka knife, VG10 stainless steel, Fujin Damascus 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: VG10. A premium high carbon Japanese Stainless steel capable of impressive hardness.
FINISH: Kurosaki’s unique scratch pattern finish is named after the Japanese wind gods (Fuji’s). Damascus or Suminigashi. This type of finish is made by repeatedly folding two different steels until they create the twisted and folded pattern. Generally speaking this is then used as a cladding so doesn’t affect the knife physically except for the looks
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.