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The Takayuki Iwai factory was started by Mr. Genmatsu Iwai, the father of Mr. Takayuki Iwai and the first-generation head in 1961. Genmatsu opened a small studio in Echizen, a well-known knife making prefecture of Japan, and began crafting his own kitchen knives employing traditional Japanese techniques – entirely by hand. He conducts every aspect of the knifemaking process, from forging the steel by hand (layering steel and soft iron that becomes the blade), the blade finish, right up to the fitment of the handle.
This Bunka has been crafted from Blue 2 Steel, sandwiched between 2 layers of softer stainless steel in a kurouchi black cladding to prevent rust. However, the core steel must be kept dry and wiped after use as rust spots may develop due to it’s lack of stainless elements.
These knives are incredibly sharp, and as such have a very thin edge. Cut on wood chopping boards only, and do not hit/cut/chop frozen vegetables, bones, or hard objects, as the blade can chip or break. Do not twist or torque the blade whilst cutting, as this may also chip the cutting edge.
No dishwasher use!
Use a cloth with hot water to wipe the blade, no scourers or abrasives as this may ruin the finish. Dry your knives as soon as possible after washing and do not leave them wet for extended periods of time. Store in a cool, dry place.
We recommend you use a whetstone to sharpen this blade. Sharpening stones are available on our website, and with a small amount of practice you’ll be sharpening your own knives in no time.
Each of our knives is carefully checked for quality prior to despatch, upon which you can expect a ~1-2 business day time between placing your order and your order shipping.
We hold all stock in our warehouse in Australia for fast shipping and quality assurance. No dropshipping here!
Orders come gift wrapped and are shipped by Australia Post Parcel Post or via Express Post, determined at the checkout. Once shipped, your order confirmation along with your tracking number will be sent to you via the email address provided at checkout.
If you have any questions regarding shipping, or about our products in general, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our helpful staff via the contact us page.