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Style : Bunka Knife
Length : 170mm (6.7")
Weight : 5.26 oz
Special Feature : Stainless Kurouchi / Carbon Steel Core, San Mai
Blade Steel Type : Aogami (Blue) Super / AS
Handle material : Rosewood with Pakkawood ferrule
HRC : 64
Bevel Angle Ratio : 50/50
Cover : Not included
Kintarō knives are hand forged, ground and finished in Takefu in Fukui, Japan by Yoshimi Kato who has been licensed as a certified craftsman. All aogami super knives in this line are clad in a mild stainless steel, which helps to mitigate reactivity with food. The alloying elements found in aogami super further reduce its reactivity compared to the simpler white and yellow steels. These knives are ideal for anyone who is enticed by the idea of carbon steel knives but is wary of the maintenance requirement.
All Kintarō knives have a rounded choil for a more comfortable grip, a nice distal taper with a thin tip for precision cuts and an excellent grind. We recommend thinning and treating the bevels on each side of the knife as you would a single bevel; sharpening them as you go to maintain the knife's geometry over time.
San-mai (lit. three sheets) is a style of manufacture common for Japanese knives. A more practical translation is "three layers", referring to the core hardened steel being jacketed with soft steel. These style of knives may seen being referred to as "clad" or "kasumi", which has some overlap with a similar style of manufacture called Ni-mai or "two layers". Ni-mai is commonly found in single bevel knives where the soft steel is only on one side of the knife with a small portion spilling over to the other side.
Kintarō knives are produced in Takefu knife village in Fukui Japan by a blacksmith collective headed by Yoshimi Kato, the son-in-law of Hiroshi Kato. Yoshimi Kato has stepped in to fill his father-in-law's shoes and has done so admirably, producing knives with a high level of attention to detail. Kintarō produces some of the most desirable carbon steel knives available in the United States today and we're excited to be carrying them.
The Bunka knife is a general purpose knife similar to the Santoku. Its profile allows for much the same usage as a Santoku (meats, vegetables and fish) while having a finer, more pointed tip that aids in precision cutting such as mukimono or fine cuts such as brunoise and julienne.