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Burja [pronounced as 'booryah'] is a prosciutto knife. Burja is a knife of our own creation - we love good knives, we love good prosciutto, and good prosciutto should be sliced by hand using the sharpest knife around. Burja is the first Japanese-made prosciutto knife. Designed by SharpEdge, forged by Japanese smithery Suncraft, based in the famous blacksmith town of Seki, made of Japanese steel and optimized for cutting prosciutto. No one has ever paid so much attention to making a knife that will meet all the needs of cutting prosciutto. It is especially difficult to make a universal knife since there are a lot of different types of prosciutto, as well as there are many cutting techniques to slice it.
But no worries - Burja is not just a knife for cutting prosciutto. Because of its harder, but still flexible blade, it can be used for cutting other dry meats as well. And due to its thin and long blade profile, it will perform well as a slicer for larger pieces of meat and fish.
Burja will be delivered in a beautiful wooden storage box, as seen in the product photos.
You can also add a Burja leather saya to your order, a knife sheath that we specifically designed for Burja. Saya will protect Burja and yourself whenever you are not using the knife.
What does Burja mean?
Burja is a Slovenian name of the local wind, in English known under the name Bora. Burja wind is typical for the Adriatic region. It is a cold, dry, strong and gusty northeast wind without which no prosciutto would ever be produced, no matter where in the world it is dried. With all the characteristics, Burja immediately felt like the perfect name for our prosciutto knife. Three engraved symbols can be seen on the left side of the blade. These symbols are called wind barbs, they indicate wind direction and wind speed. The three engraved wind barbs represent Burja wind with three different wind speeds, as Burja is a gusty and very strong wind.
Burja knife is a combination of the rich culinary tradition of prosciutto ham with the Japanese tradition of forging knives. Since Japanese blacksmiths are the best blacksmiths in the world, possessing centuries of knowledge and experience of forging steel, it made perfect sense to make our prosciutto knife in Japan. From idea to design, after many conversations with knife makers, trial&errors, finding the right steel and handles, many sliced (and eaten) prosciuttos, visits to Japan, the process finally ended after a good two years. Burja knife will slice into prosciuttos around the world this fall!
Burja knife is made of Japanese Aichi steel 1K6M VM which will take care of the long edge retention and will be easy to sharpen. Only one layer of steel is used for the knife to be flexible. When deciding on the steels we wanted to make a knife from, we weigh the characteristics such as hardness, sharpness, ease of maintenance, graininess and ease of sharpening. The biggest challenge was to make the blade flexible enough while keeping the hardness at 58 HRC.
The shape of Burja is unique, although at first sight resembles other prosciutto knives. It has an extremely thin spine of the blade at 1.8mm. The slightly concave secondary grind helps the knife to glide smoothly when making longer cuts. For the same purpose the hammer's imprints, called Tsuchime, were left on the top part of the blade. This keeps the air in the dents, which helps the knife sliding smoothly through prosciutto. The blade is 300mm (11.8") long and finishes with a thin, pointy tip, revealing its origins and traditions of blacksmiths that were once forging katanas. The profile of the blade is not completely straight. The slight curvature of the sharp edge reduces the point of contact, which greatly eases the cutting. Flexibility is necessary to some extent, but we have opted for somewhat more rigid flexibility with Burja since this makes it more versatile and suitable for many different types of prosciutto, and at the same time excels when cutting other large pieces of dried meats and other proteins.
Burja was fitted a black handle made of pakka wood with a decorative red ring and a stainless bolster for a comfortable grip. Pakka wood is laminated wood, consisting of 70% wood and 30% resin, which makes the handle extremely durable and resistant to humidity, plus it is easy to maintain.
[Custom handles available!] The handle is an integral part of any knife. With our Burja knife we want to keep things a bit more funky by experimenting with unique, custom-made handles. While the standard version was fitted the black pakka wood handle, custom handles are also available, inspired by designers, artists and woodworkers that we got to know along the way. If you would like your Burja with a unique handle, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ethos of Burja knife
The invisible presence of the wind, this great architect of nature who bends mighty trees, invigorates sea waves and creates magical dunes, is also a key component of some of the most distinctive flavors that have accompanied us for millennia. Many times when we look at the beautiful landscapes created by the wind, or at the delicious plates of wind-dried delicacies that melt in your mouth, we are reminded of this humble but undisputed king of natural beauty. Prosciutto makers don't forget to mention their beloved wind - without it, they wouldn't be able to serve their dried delicacies. It is the sharpness of the northeast wind that cuts through the pores of the meat and slowly, with precision, squeezes out the juices and dries the meat until we can call it prosciutto crudo.
Homo Habilis was the first to use (stone) knives as tools for preparing and sharing food with others. Today, the knife still defines the essence of modern humans, but has changed dramatically since its stone beginnings. The prosciutto knife embodies this ancient essence of a rudimentary knife when we cut a dried piece of meat and share it with friends.
|Steel type:||1K6M VM|
|Hardness (HRC scale):||58|
|Overall length:||430mm (16.9")|
|Blade length:||300mm (11.8")|
|Spine thickness:||1.8mm (0.07")|
|Weight:||170g (6.0 oz)|
|Handle length:||125mm (4.9")|
|Handle type / wood:||Japanese / Pakka wood|
Use & Care:
- Handwash in warm water and towel dry
- Use a sharpening stone (not a honing steel!) to sharpen your knife
- Do not cut frozen foods and meat bones
- Do not put the knife in a dishwasher
- Read our comprehensive guide on proper Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.
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