Mini Bunka コブンカ
The 'Bunka' is a less well-known Japanese blade profile characterised by its cut-off diagonal tip. Our 14cm 'Mini' version is extremely versatile, providing a smaller and more agile alternative to the Santoku. The Mini Bunka is perfect for chopping small fruit and veg. The tip is also great for meat and fish.
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Handmade in Seki
Samurai swords have been made in Seki for 800 years. Now the best kitchen knives in the world are produced there. Eight craftsmen are needed to make a Samurai sword, each a specialist in one part of the process. That is how to achieve the absolute best quality. At TOG we follow the same philosophy. Our blades are passed between eight tiny, specialised companies in Seki. Each knife is unique. We number each blade in celebration of these differences.
We have worked with our partners in Seki to create TOG’s unique 21 and 17 layer steels. These contain alternating layers of antimicrobial copper which give TOG knives their distinctive stripes. Like a Samurai sword, these steels have a hard central core steel for sharpness, surrounded by softer steel layers for strength.
KEBONY MAPLE HANDLES
The handle of a knife is every bit as important than the blade. Ask a chef. We believe our handles are as comfortable as any in the world. We designed a unique ‘side scoop’ for added control. They are made from Kebony maple wood as it is natural, sustainable, water resistant and beautiful. Finally, to celebrate old and new coming together – a key aspect of Japanese culture – we have laser etched a 600 year old pattern on to each handle as a grip.
Matthew Pennington talks about the TOG Mini Bunka and shows us what it can do. Matthew is co-founder of the Ethicurean Restaurant in Somerset, one of 18 restaurants in England to be awarded a Green Michelin Star in 2021.
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Antimicrobial copper layers give TOG blades their distinctive stripes
Roll-forged 21-layer ridiculously sharp blade
Laser etched logo can’t wear off
Stays sharp due to Acuto 440 high carbon Japanese steel cutting edge
Bolster for better balance and durability
3-rivet construction for durability
Handle laser engraved with 600 year old Japanese pattern
Kebony Maple wood – a sustainable and more durable alternative to tropical hardwoods
Unique handle scoop feature for unbeaten comfort and control
“Full tang” construction (blade extends length of handle) for strength
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