- Type: Bunka
- Finish: Kurouchi
- Blade Length: 165 mm (6.5 in)
- Construction: Hon-Warikomi
- Core Edge Steel: Aogami (Blue) #2
- HRC (Rockwell Hardness): 61-63
- Handle: Walnut Octagonal with resin ferrule
- Bevel: Double-Bevel
- Place of Origin: Tosa, Japan
- Remarks: Damascus (17-layer)
In recent years, the representative all-purpose knife, much like the santoku, is commonly regarded as indistinguishable from santoku knives. Made with a sloping cut from its back towards its tip, it's similar to a kiritsuke in its pointed tip but differs from its wider blade. Its double-bevel blade works for both right and left-handed people.
Polished Damascus is also called "Suminagashi." It has an exquisite marbling texture that resembles ink flowing through the water. The Suminagashi knife symbolizes Japan and has continued to charm people since time immemorial. This beautiful Suminagashi knife is sure to create dishes capable of soothing countless hearts, like that of an ink painting. Our Japanese knives are filled with the craftsmen's hearts and souls. Behold the sharpness of Japan's Yasugi steel and the ancient blade crafting art.
Blue (Aogami) #2 (Hitachi Metals Ltd.) is made by adding Chromium and Tungsten / Wolfram to White Steel #2. This results in increased toughness and the production of hard carbide molecules, which improve edge retention. Many knife users have noted that while Blue Steel #2 is very similar to White Steel #2 in terms of edge sharpness, it has slightly superior edge retention.