Kagemitsu ZDP-189 bunka (universal knife), octagonal handle
Osafune Kagemitsu ZDP-189 Bunka, Magnolia (Honoki) handle,
Double-sided ground and laminated (Sanmai) blade of stainless steel with a core of the very special Japanese ZDP-189 steel. The blade is extremely thin and manually sharpened and has no thickenings, which makes sharpening on Japanese water stones very easy. A Bunka style knife can be used as a universal knife and can be used for meat, fish and vegetables.
ZDP-189 is known as the hardest stainless powder steel available today. The steel contains very large amounts of alloy material (no less than 20% chrome and 3% carbon!). ZDP-189 is extremely hard and wear resistant, but more sensitive to corrosion and break-out of pieces than, for example, SG2, VG-10, SLD or SKD11. In addition, ZDP-189 is difficult to sharpen and therefore difficult to process by manufacturers, it is therefore very difficult to find kitchen knives made with this steel. Due to our unique cooperation with a well-known knife blacksmith in Japan, we can now offer this Osafune Kagemitsu ZDP line.
ZDP-189 steel is also used in the Miyabi 7000 knives from Zwilling J.A. Henckels, they call this MC66 steel.
- Blade length: 190 mm
- Total length: 325 mm
- Weight: 140-150 grams
- Blade thickness: 2 mm
- Blade height: 48 mm
- Steel type: core steel: Japanese ZDP-189 stainless steel with 2 layers of SUS310 steel (Sanmai forged) with black Kurochi forging layer.
- Hardness: 66 (Rockwell C)
- Handle: Traditional octagonal handle of Japanese Magnolia wood with black buffalo horn bolster. The handle is suitable for both right and left-handed use.
- Special Features: Traditional octagonal handle with a double-sided sharpened blade of Sanmai forged ZDP-189 steel. Blade is provided with a black forging layer for extra protection and for a beautiful authentic look.
Like all Japanese knives, the Kagemitsu knives are not dishwasher safe, cleaning and drying after each use is the best treatment for these exclusive products.