Koutetsu knives take their name from Japan’s first ironclad ship. They are manufactured by Takayuki Shibata and Takumi Ikeda, each doing what he’s best at: Ikeda as the forger and Shibata as the grinder and sharpener, something he is famous for around the world.

These knives are forged by SG-2 powder steel (R2) and they are some of the thinner, lighter, sharpest knives in the Japanese knives world. Their special profile with the K-tip makes them distinctive and resembling the destroyer vessel they got their name from.

The Bunka is a multi-purpose knife, similar to Nakiri, with usually a higher profile and a slightly different nose shape. Recommended mainly for push cut, slice and chopping cutting techniques.

Brand / Blacksmith: Koutetsu
Series: SG2
Knife type: Bunka 180mm
Blade Length / Total length (mm): 183/330
Grind: 50/50
Finish: Polished
Steel type: SG2
Forging method: San Mai
HRC hardness: 62-63
Handle type / Material / Ferrule: Octagonal / Rosewood / Black Pakka
Spine Thickness at heel / tip (mm): 1,6/0,3
Blade height at heel (mm): 51
Weight (gr): 132