Yoshimune Kurouchi Blue #2 15cm Bunka

Designer: Yoshimune

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Yoshimune knives are crafted by Ishizuchi 石鎚 smiths in the Tosa region of Japan. This small team of blacksmiths follow the region’s rich 400 year history of crafting edged tools. These blades are a workhorse for home and pro chefs alike. They have great balance and feel, and feature the traditional rustic blue/black kurouchi or blacksmith's finish. Yoshimune blade smiths use Blue & White high-carbon steels made by Hitachi Metals Ltd. These are popular among knife makers and chefs in Japan and globally due to it’s fantastic edge retention, toughness, and ease of sharpening. It contains few stainless elements, meaning the blade develops a patina, and is prone to rust spots if left wet after use. 

Bunka translates to culture and sometimes to improved. It is said that the Bunka knife was developed and named about 100 years ago because it was improved from the Santoku or Gyuto. They are exceptional at slicing, dicing, chopping, mincing, drag cutting, push forward cutting, and pull back cutting. 

  • Knife TypeBunka
  • Bevel Type Double-Bevel
  • Grind - Half Flat Grind
  • Material Blue #2 Aogami
  • Forging Construction Sanmai
  • Method Hammer Forge
  • Handle Type - Hidden Tang Octagon 
  • Handle Material - Walnut (Kurumi)
  • Bolster Ø
  • Ferrule Pakkawood
  • Sheath/Guard/Saya Ø
  • Blade length - 15cm
  • Overall Length 30cm
  • Spine Thickness 3mm at handle
  • Blade Height 45cm
  • Weight -
  • HRC Rockwell 62
  • Maker Yoshimune
  • Origin or Country of Origin Tosa, Japan