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  • Unshu Chuzen Hamono bannou-bocho | 125mm・4.9" | Shirogami #1 with Stainless Tang | Knife Japan
  • Unshu Chuzen Hamono bannou-bocho | 125mm・4.9" | Shirogami #1 with Stainless Tang | Knife Japan
  • Unshu Chuzen Hamono bannou-bocho | 125mm・4.9" | Shirogami #1 with Stainless Tang | Knife Japan

Unshu Chuzen Hamono Bannou 125mm Shirogami #1

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This modestly proportioned knife is unusual in a couple of ways. Length, for one - it's at the very starting point for what we'd call a bannou. Blade height is another - it's not tall and that makes it surprisingly light for its length.  

Another point of difference: look closely at our photographs and you'll see a material line on the blade neck a couple of centimetres from the handle. That's where the warikomi blade meets a stainless steel neck and tang.

The reason for this is that over time the tang inside the handle can be a point of hidden rust. A handle is easily replaced but a blade that breaks off at the handle will need some serious attention. We're talking long time frames here, this calamity may only happen after many years of use, but it's a mark of the maker that Unshu Chuzen Hamono cares to future-proof knives in this way. The underlying philosophy is 'naga-mochi', of making use of their product for a very long time. We like that.

Presentation is unpretentious; this knife is not a polished jewel but it is very comfortable in hand and the waxed magnolia handle is smooth and grippy. The blade is stout enough for fish and at the same time thin enough to slice through crisp root vegetables without splitting them. 

Blade steel: YSS Shirogami#1 | nantetsu | stainless
Bevel: Ryōba double bevel
Blade construction: Warikomi
Left-handed available: Handle and blade suit both hands
Handle: Robiki Hounoki (Waxed Magnolia)
Ferrule: Plastic
Blade length: 125mm
Blade height: 34mm
Blade spine: 3mm at neck 
Handle length: 115mm
Handle thickness: 25x19mm
Weight in hand: 82g

Unshu Chuzen Hamono, Shimane Prefecture

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