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Motokyuuichi nashiji ginsan 180mm bunka
Motokyuuichi nashiji ginsan 180mm bunka
Motokyuuichi nashiji ginsan 180mm bunka
Motokyuuichi nashiji ginsan 180mm bunka
Motokyuuichi nashiji ginsan 180mm bunka
Motokyuuichi nashiji ginsan 180mm bunka
Motokyuuichi nashiji ginsan 180mm bunka
Motokyuuichi nashiji ginsan 180mm bunka
Motokyuuichi nashiji ginsan 180mm bunka
Motokyuuichi nashiji ginsan 180mm bunka

Motokyuuichi nashiji ginsan 180mm bunka

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Motokyuuchi, founded in 1895, is a small forge in Shimabara, Nagasaki, Japan. It is currently led by 5th generation blacksmith, Yasuhide Maeda, with his father and master, Kiyonori Maeda, the 4th generation.

This is their 180mm nashiji ginsanko bunka. Ginsanko or Hitachi Silver#3 is our favorite stainless steel. It sharpens like a carbon and becomes scary sharp like a carbon; it's a joy to use. (Carbon steel has a reputation of being able to be sharpened very easily and has a higher peak sharpness compared to stainless; this is why veteran knife enthusiasts love carbon steel in general or carbon-like stainless steels like Ginsanko).

We have tested sharpening our demo knife and it's definitely one of the easiest stainless steel to sharpen. It can get scary sharp, too, even with just a quick session on a medium stone. This is on par with our reference knife, a Kagekiyo ginsanko santoku (Kagekiyo is one of the premium brands in Sakai). 

Brand/ maker: Motokyuuchi
Location: Nagasaki, Japan
Knife type: bunka
Finish: nashiji

Construction type: warikomi
Steel category: stainless
Steel type: Hitachi Silver#3 (Ginsan)

Total length: 329mm
Blade length: 180mm
Blade height at heel: 53mm
Spine thickness at handle: 3.3mm
Spine thickness at heel: 2.8mm
Spine thickness at middle: 2.5mm
Spine thickness 1cm from the tip: 0.9mm
Weight: 158g

Edge/bevel: 50:50
Handle: octagonal wenge wood*
Ferrule: buffalo horn
Hand orientation: ambidextrous

*Each wenge handle is unique so the wood pattern will vary from knife to knife.
**Each knife is a handmade product so there will be variations in terms of profile and dimensions.


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