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  • Ikenami Hamono stainless-clad HAP40 bunka-bocho | 170mm・6.7" | Knife Japan
  • Ikenami Hamono stainless-clad HAP40 bunka-bocho | 170mm・6.7" | Knife Japan
  • Ikenami Hamono stainless-clad HAP40 bunka-bocho | 170mm・6.7" | Knife Japan
  • Ikenami Hamono stainless-clad HAP40 bunka-bocho | 170mm・6.7" | Knife Japan
  • Ikenami Hamono stainless-clad HAP40 bunka-bocho | 170mm・6.7" | Knife Japan
  • Ikenami Hamono stainless-clad HAP40 bunka-bocho | 170mm・6.7" | Knife Japan

Ikenami Hamono HSS Bunka-bocho 170mm

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The bunka-bōcho is a general purpose chef's knife for vegetables, meat and fish.

The Ikenami Hamono bunka has a lot going for it. The high-quality sculpted sandalwood handle is comfortable and durable. Stainless cladding means low maintenance. The blade is HAP40 high speed 'tool' steel, offering high wear resistance and superior edge retention. In the hands of Ikenami Hamono all this adds up to traditional Japanese cutting feel in a western-style knife that in a home kitchen may need sharpening only once a year, even with daily use.

For the length this is a light knife in hand - well balanced, and light. The blade is much thinner than a Japanese-style knife of the same length, hence the difference in weight. Heat treatment applied to this blade on Tanegashima island results in a very hard steel that will be slow to sharpen but that can be made razor sharp, so lightness shouldn't mean extra effort. Quite the opposite.

The bunka knife is essentially the same knife as a santoku, or a bannou. While this knife looks much like a miniature version of Ikenami Hamono's excellent 210mm gyuto from the same 'haisu' range it's safe to say that the 170mm bunka is a better choice for most family cooking.

Blade steel: HAP40 high speed steel | stainless steel
Bevel: Ryoba double bevel
Blade construction: Warikomi
Left-handed available: Handle and blade suit both hands
Handle: Sandalwood
Ferrule: n/a
Blade length: 170mm
Blade width: 39mm
Blade spine: 1.5mm
Handle length: 122mm
Handle thickness: 26mm at centre point
Weight in hand: 132g

 

Ikenami Hamono, Tanegashima Island

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