SharpEdge - Yoshida Hamono ZDP-189 Bunka Black 190mm (7.5")
With its typical functionality, Bunka design is intended for versatile use in Western cuisine. It has a flexible profile that is wide enough at the handle, a gently designed belly of the blade suitable for making either long or short cuts, a flat back side of the blade, and a thin tip for precise work with food.
The knife is manufactured at the smithery of Yoshida Hamono in Japan, a family company with an age-long tradition in manufacturing state-of-the-art tools and Japanese swords (katanas) by hand. Yoshida Hamono has a great deal of experience forging ZDP-189 steel in the traditional manner.
The heart of the knife is made of ZDP-189 steel, which was selected because systematic testing has proven its superior qualities and long-lasting sharpness. The steel is laminated, meaning that the core is made of very strong steel covered with an external layer of softer stainless steel - also known as san-mai clad. The softer external layer protects the core steel from external factors.
Kuro-uchi finish, the unprocessed (black) part on the top side of the blade has already developed a dark patina, which protects the blade and gives it a traditional Japanese look. The knife bears visible impressions of the hand-forging process (round hammer dents on the blade), which gives it a beautiful finish and also prevents food from sticking to the blade.
Bunka Black was fitted with a traditional Japanese wooden handle, called Wa handle. The wooden handle is made of walnut wood with an octagonal shape, so it will fit equally well into the hands of right- or left-handed users.
- Blade shape: Bunka
- Steel type: ZDP-189
- Hardness (HRC scale): 65-67
- Overall length: 325mm (12.8")
- Blade length: 190mm (7.5")
- Blade height: 52mm (2.0")
- Spine thickness: 2.0mm (0.08")
- Weight: 155g (5.5 oz)
- Handle length: 125mm (4.9")
- Handle type / wood: Japanese / Walnut
- Blacksmith: Yoshida Hamono
Use and 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
Ships in 2-4 business days from order date.