Hatsukokoro Kumokage Blue #2 Kurouchi Damascus 180mm Bunka
These stunning knives from Hatsukokoro are some of the most beautiful we have on offer. With their combination of a dark, almost matt finish, down through the damascus layers to a superb shine against the cutting edge, the appearance is influenced by lightning.
Aside from beauty, the performance is awesome too. Blue 2 steel is used in this range which is a superb performing steel favoured in Japanese knife manufacture. As a carbon steel it can corrode, so a little extra maintenance to keep it clean and dry is required, but for that small additional effort you unlock the true potential of the incredible sharpness of this steel. Not only can Blue 2 achieve a sharp edge, but it retains that sharpness superbly while also being easy to sharpen when needed.
Bunka knives are similar to a Santoku in blade proportions, but have a more angular tip, often referred to as a K tip, or Kiritsuke.
They make excellent all round knives as they are versatile due to their curved cutting edge and shorter blade length. They are an excellent alternative to the more common Gyuto, chef's knife shape if you prefer a shorter blade.
Do not use the knife to chop hard materials such as bones or frozen items unless the knife is made for that specific purpose. Always ensure you keep your knife clean and dry, and sharpen it as required to prevent a dull edge.
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