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Yoshikane Hamono White #2 Kurouchi 165mm bunka


The Knives in this line are hand made and may vary slightly in size, weight and color. Please feel free to contact us for photos of a specific knife. 

Total Knife Length:


Blade Length Tip to Heel:


Blade Height:


Blade Width at spine:

1.1mm distal taper to 3.4mm

Total Weight:

150 grams / 5.33 ounces

Steel Type:

White #2 w/ Stainless Cladding

Rockwell Hardness:


Handle Materials:

Japanese Pagoda Wood


The new kurouchi line from Yoshikane Hamono are true beauties. With a light Kurouchi finish and unique hand hammed pattern these knives really impressed us. This 165mm Bunka is constructed from White #2 steel with stainless cladding. White #2 is one of the most popular Japanese steels known for excellent performance and edge retention. It is a reactive steel core which will patina and need to be cared for but the stainless cladding makes it much more forgiving than mono steel.  These knives are thick at the base of the spine but quickly move into a nice distal taper making them strong and robust yet still nimble with great cutting performance. It has a Japanese Pagoda wood handle. This is a fantastic all around knife that can do just about anything. 

*The Bunka Bocho (meaning "three Virtues" or "Three uses") is like the lesser known brother to the Santoku. similar in many ways but with a few differences. The Bunka Features a "K-tip" blade design. This creates a much sharper point capable of more fine tip work then its brother the santoku. Some would argue the Bunka is more versatile than the santoku because of its tip. Use the more acute tip to easily brunoise small shallots or slip it under silverskin on a tenderloin. Like the Santoku it has great versatility and an ability to tackle a wide range of tasks. They typically range in size from 130mm to 200mm and have a flat edge with little to no belly. Bunkas and Santokus are very popular among home cooks due to their versatility and to them having a slightly smaller size than a gyuto. Because a home cook tends to have a smaller space available to them and is prepping less quantity than in a professional the smaller size of a Bunka or Santoku makes them an excellent choice for a general purpose knife for a home cook. The smaller size also makes for a great "line knife" for a professional chef or cook when space is limited during service.* 

Knife Care Tips

    • Never use this knife to cut through frozen foods, bones or other hard items. 
    • After use be sure to wash using warm water, dish soap and a soft non-abrasive cloth or sponge. 
    • Dry knife immediately after washing to avoid corrosion.
    • If storing for an extended period of time use a knife oil like the one found here
    • For edge maintenance and sharpening use whetstones, strops, or a fine ceramic honing rod. Avoid oil stones, diamond stones and steel rods
    • Some high carbon knives will need to be wiped  dry periodically during use if cutting highly acidic foods to avoid corrosion.