Konosuke Madei Sumiiro Bunka 165mm Burnt Chestnut Handle
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*This knife does not come with a wooden cover. It can be purchased separately here.
The Madei (meaning 'carefully/politely' in the smith's regional dialect) line from Konosuke is done by a talented smith Takahiro Nihei-san from Fukushima. The Sumiiro (meaning 'india ink' from Japanese calligraphy) inspired finish is a rustic yet beautiful technique that Nihei had to earn from his master during his apprenticeship. We find it to be a great contrast to the highly polished bevel, where you can see the ripples on the cladding.
In addition to the excellence in making of the blade, the engraving is also done by the smith himself (a rarity). Nihei-san's incredible calligraphy skills can be seen in the expert chisel blows on each curves of the kakunin "Konosuke" on the right side of the blade.
The Madei line features a wonderful cutting feel thanks to the thinness of the edge, with the spine thickness offering a balanced/hefty feeling in hand. While using a gentle cutting technique is always a good idea when using a high-performance knives, we recommend the Madei knives to any cooks who are looking to invest in a tool that is easy to maintain (SLD steel is almost fully stainless), with a killer edge retention.
A Bunka is a Santoku (an all-purpose knife) with a kiritsuke-tip. The accentuated tip is great for delicate work, whilst sharing the same versatility as the Santoku. It is a great knife as an addition to an existing all-purpose blade or as a first all-purpose knife for any cook.
Brand: Konosuke 幸之祐
Blacksmith: Nihei Blacksmith
Producing Area: Fukushima/ Japan
Steel Type: Semi Stainless Steel
Steel: SLD, Soft Stainless Clad
Handle: Burnt Chestnut & Buffalo Horn Ferrule Half Octagonal
Total Length: 307mm
Edge Length: 169mm
Handle to Tip Length: 186mm
Blade Height: 50.5mm
Handle Length: 123mm
Hand Orientation: Ambidextrous