Nigara Tsuchime Damascus VG10 bunka 170mm EN


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Nigara Tsuchime Damascus VG10 bunka 170mm

The bunka is a versatile blade, just like the santoku. The beveled tip is an asset for the bunka because it allows delicate tasks to be carried out with more precision.

History and curiosity

There is something that sets Nigara Hamono apart from other knife-making families in Japan. We could first point out that it is 350 years of history, starting with the making of swords for the Tsugaru clan at the beginning of the Edo period. The passing down of know-how and skills over eight generations has undoubtedly given Nigara knives their cultural DNA, but the long history is not unique to Nigara.

It could be said that having a legendary fifth-generation blacksmith – Japan’s national treasure Mr. Kunitoshi Nigara (二唐國俊) – gives the family brand an elevated status. The best way to understand why Nigara stands out in the eyes of the current (8th) generation blacksmith – Mr. Tsuyoshi Yoshizawa (吉澤剛). As he stands in the family business workshop, with his younger brother and two young artisans, feeling inspired to create the most remarkable knives in the world.

The Nigara family has expanded since the days of swordsmithing – into construction steelworks, steel beam technologies, as well as restorations of historic metal structures. In a word, Nigara is the steel guru.

Nigara Hamono has many ranges of very identifiable knives. From the swirling pattern of the Anmon Kurozome to the sought-after Troll Killers, to the flagship SG2 kurouchi tsuchime line. This new Tsuchime damascus series in vG10 steel promises just as much.

The handle

Designed entirely by hand, the handle is made of amboyna burl with marbled spacer.

Technical sheet

Brand: Nigara Hamono

Blacksmith: Tsuyoshi Yoshizawa

Series: Tsuchime Damascus

Steel: VG10

Hardness: 61-62 HRC

Type: bunka

Blade length: 16.7 cm

Heel height: 4.43 cm

Heel thickness: 1.9 mm

Thickness at the tip: 0.5 mm

Weight: 137g

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg


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