Bunka Black Damascus 165mm (6.5") [Saya Included]
Bunka Black Damascus is the second knife we designed. We've learned many intricate little details about Japanese knives and the people who love using them, so designing a new knife felt like a natural progression for us. Handing over our new knife idea to a skilled Japanese blacksmith was a no brainer - nothing can beat the centuries-old experience of forging swords and knives, so Bunka Black Damascus, like all knives in our shop, is made in Japan.
Bunka Black Damascus embodies all of our knowledge and years of experience presenting Japanese kitchen knives to knife lovers around the world. She already has a special place in our kitchen (and in our hearts 😍), and we hope it will soon find a special place in your kitchen too.
Bunka Black Damascus is a multi-purpose knife, suitable for cutting veggies, meat and fish. Primarily designed for use in home kitchens, although we are sure it will be wielded by many professional chefs that want to have a shorter, more agile multi-purpose knife at hand.
VG-10 (V for Vanadium, G for "gold" as in "gold standard") is made by Takefu Special Steel Company, a relatively small steel company that around 60 years ago managed to find just the right balance of different elements to create the most popular Japanese knife making steel today. VG-10 steel is stainless steel with relatively high Carbon (C) content (1%), 15% Chromium (Cr), 1% Molybdenum (Mo), 0.3% Vanadium (V) and 1.5% Cobalt (Co). The combination of Cr, Mo, and V forms a lot of hard carbides, making the steel abrasion resistant which translates to long-lasting, smooth sharpness. Heat treated to the hardness of 60-61 HRC.
The excellent VG-10 steel with the hardness of 60-61 HRC is clad into 32 layers of softer stainless steel (san-mai damascus).
Bunka Black Damascus features a 165mm (6.5") long blade, clad in what is called Black Damascus. A 33-layered Damascus cladding means every piece has a unique pattern on the blade, making every knife one-of-a-kind.
It has a double bevel (50/50 symmetrical) blade. The extremely thin profile of the blade (spine thickness at 1.8mm) and hard Japanese steel will deliver a smooth and long-lasting sharpness.
The handle attached to the knife followed the same logic as the blade - universal and easy to maintain. A beautiful, dark brown, octagonal-shaped Pakka wood handle sits well in your hands regardless if you are left- or right-handed. Pakka wood is a mixture of laminated wood and epoxy resin which is highly durable and will not get stained easily.
ABOUT THE BLACKSMITH:
Suncraft is a family company spanning four generations and specializing in the production of kitchen tools. The smithy was founded in 1948 and is located in a thriving manufacturing area of Seki in Gifu prefecture, where steelwork dates back to the times of the Samurai warriors.
We also made a custom-fit saya (knife sheath) which is included in the price! Sayas are hand-made from walnut wood, so the pattern and colors are slightly different with every piece, as it can be seen on the photos.
Blade shape: Bunka
Steel type: VG-10
Blade construction: San-mai / full hamaguri convex / damask
Hardness (HRC scale): 60-61
Overall length: 300mm (11.8")
Blade length: 165mm (6.5")
Blade height: 45mm (1.8")
Spine thickness: 1.8mm (0.07")
Weight: 150g (5.3 oz)
Handle length: 125mm (4.9")
Handle type / wood: Japanese / Pakka wood
Kanji on the blade:
Location of the smithy: Seki / Gifu Prefecture / Japan
☝️ Japanese kitchen knives in our store are handmade from natural materials. Slight variations in color, texture, weight and other dimensions are possible. We try to give a good photographic representation of our products, however computer screen resolution and colors do vary, so products might not look exactly as they are seen on screen.
Blade wear depends on the quality of steel, usage and maintenance of the blade. Japanese knives are made of high-quality steels. Follow these tips to keep your Japanese knife in top-notch shape:
✔ Use a wooden, plastic or rubber cutting board.
✔ After use, wash the knives and wipe them dry.
✔ Use a magnetic rack, knife blocks, or use protective knife sheath (saya).
✔ A good cutting technique is your best bet to prolong sharpness.
✔ Use sharpening stones to sharpen the knife.
❗️Don’t leave the knife in the sink. Wash it by hand.
❗️Don’t wash the knife in the dishwasher.
❗️Don’t use the knife on glass, ceramics, marble or steel surfaces.
❗️Don’t scrape the food off the cutting board with the edge of the blade. Use the spine of the knife instead.
❗️Knife is a tool intended for specific use - cutting food. It is not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc.
→ For more details, read our guide
on Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.
🤙 Contact us if you need some help. We reply within 1 business day.
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DUTIES AND IMPORT TAXES:
We ship all orders DDP (duties & taxes paid). This means you will not be charged for any import fees and taxes (including VAT). All our prices are final. The price you see at checkout is the final price, no hidden costs.
- Europe: 1-2 business days
- US & Canada: 2-4 business days
- Rest of the World: 3-5 business days
Our return policy lasts 30 days. If more than 30 days have gone by since the day you received your order, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.
Each knife comes with:
✔️ Instructions and knife care leaflet.
✔️ A preventive Band-Aid – the knives are very sharp! 😉
✔️ Original box from the blacksmith, which we wrap in an old Japanese newspaper sheet – so every knife is ready to be passed on as a gift as soon as it hits your doorstep!
✔️ We also offer a special gift wrapping option with the traditional Japanese washi paper.
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