Kyohei Shindou Kurouchi Bunka 165 mm

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Product Information

Blade Length 165 mm
Total Length 310 mm
Steel Aogami (blue) #2
Handle Walnut 
Ferrule Rosewood W/Maple 
Rockwell 61-62
Height Spine to heel 52 mm
Width at Spine 2.5 mm
Weight 163 grams
Bevel  Double 


The Blacksmith 

Shindou-san is a young blacksmith with a ton of promise. He works out of the Tosa region and while building his workshop, worked as a sales associate for a company that sold knives from this region. At the moment, he is only comfortable making Nakiri and Bunka shapes but we expect he will broaden his range in the near future. His knives feature an iron cladding overtop of aogami #2 steel and features a beautiful clad line separating the core steel from the iron cladding. His knives are quite light and are nice and thin behind the edge providing a fantastic cutting feel. For the price, it's hard to beat these knives.

The Shape 

The Bunka is an all purpose shape that is very similar to the ever versatile santoku. With its more aggressive K-tip, or reverse tanto tip, these guys can do everything the santoku can, but excel in finer tip work for things like brunoise shallots and garlic. 

Knife Care (Iron Clad)

  • This Knife is made from 3 layers of material; A layer of iron on each side protecting a layer of carbon steel at the core, in a process referred to as Sanmai or forge welding. Iron and carbon steel are both susceptible to rust and must be kept dry and clean at all time’s to avoid oxidation and discolouration.
  • Simply wipe the knife with a damp cloth immediately after use.
  • Wash with regular dish soap and warm water using a none abrasive sponge or cloth.
  • Never put your knife in the dishwasher! The extreme heat will ruin the wooden handle.
  • Highly acidic ingredients (Onions, Tomatoes, Citrus) Will cause rust and oxidation to happen faster, thus the user must ensure the knife is wiped clean immediately after working with such an ingredient.
  • Should any rust form it can be removed using a rust eraser or a mixture of Baking soda and water to simply scrub it clean.
  • Avoid Bones, Frozen foods, nuts and hard candies or anything other than fruits, vegetables and proteins.

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