Nigara Hamono have over 350 years of family expertise in knife making. Now in their 8th generation, the masterful craftsmanship of their knives puts them in the Premier league for quality and performance. A Nigara knife is a knife for life. Made with the utmost attention to quality, detail and performance, Nigara knives are very hard to beat.
R2 steel is a hard stainless steel used by leading blacksmiths to provide some of the best sharpness and retention specifications that can be achieved from stainless steel. It makes for a superbly sharp knife that lasts a long time but can require a little more elbow grease when sharpening due to being a harder steel.
These traditional 'Wa' handles are handmade in Sheffield, UK, using UK Walnut and Oak. Created by hand, with love and care by the truly passionate Scott at Sheffield Knife Sharpening, the stunning pairing with these beautiful knives is one of a kind.
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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Please read our guidance pages below to help you make the right choice and make the most of the knives you choose: