We usually do not recommend buying knife sets. We recommend buying one multi-purpose knife first, figure out what you are missing and then getting yourself another knife, usually a smaller petty/paring knife.
Well, with these two knives we couldn't help ourselves but to pair them up 😌. ZDP-189 Bunka Black was our first knife we designed and had it made by skillful hands of Yoshida Hamono blacksmiths. Bunka was accepted so well that we wanted to have a smaller petty knife that would complement the larger, multi-purpose bunka. ZDP-189 Petty Black follows a similar shape than its bigger relative, but it is more nimble and designed for all those tasks where bunka feels too big and clumsy.
For a home cook, these two knives will very likely cover all the needs your cooking dictates. Professional chefs will likely need some additional, more task-specific knives, but this ZDP-189 knife set is a great start regardless of your skills and profession.
ZDP-189 steel is one of the hardest steels available for kitchen knife production. Due to its hardness (HRC 65-67) you will enjoy an insanely long edge-retention of smooth, fine sharpness. A smooth edge means less damage to the cells of ingredients which translates that your (raw) food will stay fresh for longer and preserve more taste when cooking. ZDP-189 steel is stain-resistant, so these knives are low maintenance (we still advise to wash and wipe them dry after every use, and no dishwasher - that's just bad knife care). Since ZDP-189 is so hard, it will need some extra effort to be sharpened, and with improper use, the blade can chip, so stay away from hitting bones, cutting frozen foods or using the knife as a screwdriver (yes, that still happens 😳).
Blade shape: Bunka / Petty
Steel type: ZDP-189
Blade construction: Warikomi / convex v-edge / kuro-uchi
Hardness (HRC scale): 65-67
Overall length: 325mm (12.8") / 255mm (10.0")
Blade length: 190mm (7.5") / 135mm (5.3")
Blade height: 52mm (2.0") / 30mm (1.2")
Spine thickness: 2mm (0.08")
Weight: 155g (5.5 oz) / 70g (2.5 oz)
Handle length: 125mm (4.9") / 115mm (4.5")
Handle type / wood: Japanese / Walnut
Kanji on the blade:
Blacksmith: Yoshida Hamono
Location of the smithy: SAGA / Saga Prefektura / 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.
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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.
Still doubting which type of Japanese knife should best fit your needs?
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