Nakagawa Satoshi B#1 Bunka 170 mm

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Product Information

Blade Length  170 mm
Total Length  315 mm
Steel  Aogami (Blue #1)
Handle  Mono Ebony
Ferrule N/A
Rockwell 63-64
Height Spine to heel  53 mm
Width at Spine  3.35 mm
Weight  155 grams
Double (50/50)

The Blacksmith

Satoshi Nakagawa is an up and coming blacksmith based out of Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Before launching his own workshop in 2021, Nakagawa-san trained under Kenichi Shiraki, who was a master craftsman, known for his Honyaki knives. Although Nakagawa-san works primarily with Ginsan, and Blue # 1 / 2, he has a wide breadth, given sixteen years of training at Shiraki hamono, he too, possesses the coveted skill of producing Honyaki knives, now under his own name. Nakagawa-san’s blades are characterized by their clearly defined bevels, thinness behind the edge, thin tip, nice balance/weight in hand, and smooth fit/finish (chamfered spine, smooth choil). These knives are quite versatile profile wise, with a nice flat spot, and a gentle curve towards the k-tip, making them great for precise detail work!


The Knife

The Bunka can be thought of as a cross between a gyuto and a nakiri and features a reverse tanto or "k-tip" which makes it adept at more intricate tasks like brunoise shallow and garlic. It is an extremely versatile shape and because it's a touch shorter than a typical chef's knife or gyuto, it is a great option for both home cooks who find larger knives difficult to use or for the professional looking for something compact, nimble and capable or who might be working in a small, tight kitchen.


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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