Shunsuke Manaka is a 5th generation blacksmith from Kasukabe city (Saitama prefecture) and the man behind the Kisuke brand. He started making knives  10 years ago and now is considered one of the most talented and upcoming young blacksmiths.

A multi-purpose knife and similar to Nakiri with usually a slightly different nose shape. Recommended mainly for push cut, slice and chopping cutting techniques. The Bunka was developed as an evolution to Nakiri with a more pointed nose for more delicate cuts.

Manaka’s 165 Bunka features an amazing Kurouchi / hammered finish and it is made from Aogami 1 steel which is one of the best steels for extreme sharpness. It’s fitted with a beautiful octagonal rosewood handle that fits well on all hands, large or small. Suitable for use by both home cooks and professionals and ideal size for those quick preparation meals or for small ingredient preparation.

Brand / Blacksmith: Kisuke Manaka
Series: Honwarikomi Tsuchime Hongasumi
Knife type: Bunka
Blade Length / Total length (mm): 170 / 315
Grind: 50 / 50
Finish: Kurouchi Hammered
Steel type: Aogami 1 (Non stainless)
Forging method: Warikomi(Iron clad)
HRC hardness: 61 – 63
Handle type / Material / Ferrule: Octagonal / Rosewood / black Pakka
Spine Thickness at heel / tip (mm): 3,2 / 0,3
Blade height at heel (mm): 55
Weight (gr): 163

Important Note: This is a Carbon Steel knife and not a stainless one. Requires attention and care in its maintenance like quick washing and drying after use, storing in low humidity area and application of mineral oil if not used for some time.

Over time it will form a patina that will protect it from rust. In case rust appears, use baking soda on wet blade, leave it for 10 mins and rub carefully with your finger or a soft sponge. In case rust is not removed, contact us for further instructions.