Ittetsu X-Hammer line is made for us by a group of talented blacksmiths in the Sanjo region of Japan. These knives fit the bill of what you can expect from Sanjo, with a thick tang and nice distil taper towards the tip, and not quite in laser territory but very thin behind the edge.
These knives are made of out SLD steel, which is a favorite at the shop. This makes these knives a great option for people wary to dive right into carbon steel, but maintain some of the benefits (easy sharpening, more reactive to a honing rod) carbon steel options. The thick tang and heavy distil taper gives a confident feeling in hand, but the high bevels make sure it still has a great cutting feel and high performance!
The Bunka is to the santoku, what the kiritsuke is the the gyuto. Featuring a more aggressive k-tip or reverse tanto tip, these knives excel at intricate tip work. A super capable mid sized knife that would be a great workhorse paired with a petty for a complete kit, or great slotted in between a petty and a larger gyuto for a professional looking for something to reduce fatigue of long prep shifts or fly through more intricate prep!