|Blade Length||135 mm|
|Blade Height||44.5 mm|
|Blade Thickness Above Heel||2 mm|
|Steel Type|| SLD Semi-Stainless Steel
with Stainless Steel Cladding
Rust Prone ⓘ This knife can rust, click to learn more.
|Handle||Wa (Japanese) Handle - Octagon Red Ebony Water Buffalo Horn Collar|
|Knife Line||Masashi Kokuen|
|Made in||Tsubame-Sanjo, Niigata, Japan|
A note about measurements: Handmade Japanese knives can vary in their dimensions, so these measurements are only an example.
About the Shape - The Ko Bunka is a smaller version of a Bunka. Any guesses on what “Ko” means in Japanese? You nailed it! It translates to “small.” This little knife is awesome because it still gives you knuckle clearance on the cutting board. Making sure you can mince garlic and comfortably chop veggies. A badass love child of the Bunka and Petty knife, it works for smaller jobs in the hand or as an all-purpose blade.
About Masashi Kokuen - Masashi-san started his own workshop in 2013, after learning the family trade alongside his older brother Kazuomi at Yoshikane Hamono. Despite his young age, Masashi makes a beautifully polished and crazy sharp blade and is able to make his steel harder than other makers through special heat-treating processes.
‘Kokuen’ 黒煙 translates to ‘black smoke' references to the smoke and ash from his forge, in addition to the tobacco smoke and ash from Masashi-san’s trademark cigarettes, always present in his mouth while forging. This knife is also made, Masashi's consistently favourite steel SLD, which he takes to an extreme 63-64 Rockwell hardness.
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