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Kisuke x Zahocho tsuchime kurouchi aogami #2 180mm bunka (2020)

Kisuke x Zahocho tsuchime kurouchi aogami #2 180mm bunka (2020)

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Zahocho Custom

This is a collaboration between Zahocho Knives Tokyo and Kisuke Manaka Hamono. We've been wanting a great all-around knife that is not too long but still a very versatile performer. The aogami#2 core with stainless clad will allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds: the sharpness and edge retention of carbon steel (aogami#2) and the easy maintenance brought about by the stainless clad. 

The 180x50mm is a perfect dimension for such a knife. With its good heftiness and excellent geometry, the knife just glides through food without exerting much effort even on dense ingredients such as carrots. Regardless of the grip style, it is also comfortable to hold. The spine that is "thick enough" gives that stable feel while using it.  

And of course, this bunka rocks aesthetically! Great performer, for sure, and a subtle rockstar in your kitchen. 

We are lucky that Kisuke-san allowed us to create this bunka based on our preferences. It's perfect both for home cooks as well as pro chefs. 

(Limited stocks available) 

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Brand: ZKT Original (Zahocho Knives Tokyo)
Maker: Kisuke Manaka
Location: Saitama, Japan
Knife type: bunka (ktip santoku)
Finish: tsuchime kurouchi

Construction type: honwarikomi | stainless clad
Steel type: Hitachi aogami#2
Rockwell hardness: 63HRC

Total length: 337mm
Blade length: 183mm
Blade height at heel: 51.5mm
Spine thickness at handle: 3.6mm
Spine thickness at heel: 3.1mm
Spine thickness at middle: 2.2mm
Spine thickness 1cm from the tip: 1.3mm
Weight: 181g

Edge/bevel: 50:50
Handle: octagonal walnut
Hand orientation: ambidextrous

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Care Guide
  • Use a whetstone to maintain sharpness. Avoid electric sharpeners and pull-through sharpeners, as they are not suitable for Japanese kitchen knives. Honing rods, typically used for western-style knives, may potentially damage the edge.
  • Choose a wooden or rubber cutting board instead of bamboo or poly boards to preserve the knife's edge.
  • Keep the knife clean and dry, especially if it is made of carbon steel. Carbon knives are prone to rusting.
  • Avoid using the knife to cut through bones or frozen foods. It's best to use a separate knife specifically designed for these tasks.
  • When cutting, use a smooth and fluid motion, avoid twisting or torquing the blade. This technique helps maintain control and minimizes the risk of damage.
  • Never put Japanese kitchen knives in the dishwasher. Instead, hand wash them with mild soap, ensuring thorough cleaning, and then dry them completely before storing.
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1. How long does shipping take?
We ship from Tokyo, Japan to different countries via DHL or EMS. Please find the estimated shipping times below:

US, Canada, Australia, Europe: 3-5 days
Middle East: 5-10 days
Asia: 2-5 days

For the Philippines:
Manila and nearby cities: 2-5 days
rest of Luzon: 5-7 days
Visayas/Mindanao: 10-12 days

Please note that actual delivery times may vary due to factors beyond our control.

2. Are taxes included in the price?
Please note that taxes are not included in the prices listed on our website. If you would like your order to be sent as a "gift" or if you have other requests, please let us know.

(Note: For customers in the Philippines, there are no import taxes regardless of the order value. You will only pay 112 PHP for the Presentation to Customs Charge (PTCC) fee.)

3. How can I track my order?
Once shipped, we'll send a tracking link via email.

4. Is it door-to-door delivery?
Yes, DHL and EMS provide convenient door-to-door delivery.

Return Policy
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  • To be eligible for return, the product must be unused, in the same condition as when you received it, and in the original packaging.
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Please note:

  • Knives damaged due to misuse, improper care, poor technique, mistakes in use or sharpening, or any other type of damage resulting from user error are not eligible for return, exchange, or refund.


  • We will notify you by email once we receive and inspect your returned item.
  • If approved, a credit will be applied to your original method of payment within a certain amount of days.
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