Bunka (Chef's Knife) with Amboyna Burl -- 7-1/2 in.

Product Description for Bunka (Chef's Knife) with Amboyna Burl -- 7-1/2 in.

Maker: Justin Chenault, J.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $575.00
Item num: 106245
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 8.25 in.
Cutting edge length: 7.50 in.
Total length: 13.40 in.
Blade height (at heel): 2.20 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.10 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.10 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 7.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 15.8 oz.
Blade: Hand forged 1095 carbon steel with a clay zone heat treatment
Bolster: Anodized titanium
Handle: Stabilized amboyna burl
Description: This exceptional honyaki chef's knife was made by Ohio bladesmith Justin Chenault. Justin started making knives in 2005. His first foray into smithing was in a high school class where he was tasked with forging a hatchet for camping. After graduating high school, Justin assembled the basics of his own blacksmith's shop. He quickly joined the Southern Ohio Forge Associate (SOFA) which helped him connect with other smiths. Justin is a journeyman smith with the American Bladesmith Society. He won Season 7, Episode 6 of Forged in Fire, proving his skills on national television. This Mosaic Damascus Bunka Chef's Knife is among his master works to date!
A bunka is a Japanese general purpose chef's knife. Like the santoku, a bunka is a knife of many talents that can easily handle all the basic kitchen cutting tasks. Slightly shorter than the standard chef's knife, the bunka is light, agile, and very easy to maneuver. There's plenty belly curve to enable rocking cuts, which just adds to the bunka's versatility.
The 7-1/2 inch blade was hand forged from 1095 carbon steel. Chenault borrowed a technique from the world of Japanese swords when he heat treated the blade. The spine was coated with clay insulation prior to quenching. This results in a softer, more supportive spine, with a keen, long lasting edge. The undualting line shows the transition between the soft spine and harder edge. The flat ground blade provides excellent chip resistance and is razor sharp. Justin's mark is on the left side of the blade.
The Japanese-inspired handle is hand contoured amboyna burl. This Indonesian wood is among the most expensive and sought-after of all burls. Anodized titanium bolsters are nicely sculpted to comfortably accommodate a pinch grip. This knife is sure to become a kitchen favorite. You won't want to put it down!
Excellent work throughout!


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