Miyazaki Kajiya Tsubaki Aogami Wrought Iron Clad Hakata Bunka 180mm
About the Shape - The Bunka is a bonafide badass, like a kitchen knife in a leather jacket. It is a multi-purpose knife akin to the Santoku. “Bunka” translates to “culture". This multi-purpose kitchen knife is great for dicing, slicing or mincing. Like a santoku, it's a cross between the nakiri and a gyuto, just a little more badass looking.
About the Maker - Haruki Miyazaki-san is a 35-year-old blacksmith in Goto islands in Nagasaki prefecture. He decided to become a blacksmith and apprentice under Ooba-san in Fukuoka after he graduated high school, and after 5 years of apprenticeship, he moved back to Goto islands and opened his own workshop. His knife style is called “Hakata”, which is another name for Fukuoka and when people say Hakata ramen, that refers to typical Tonkotsu ramen from Fukuoka.
This particular knife is made with Aogami #2 and wrought iron on the outside. The wrought iron cladding gives it a very unique pattern on the outside that almost looks like Damascus steel.