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All purpose knife (Santoku & Bunka)

The art of cooking depends on the quality of the tools you use, and Japanese knives have long earned a reputation for excellence in the culinary world. Among these knives, the Santoku and Bunka stand out as versatile all-purpose Japanese knives. Learn more about the characteristics and history of these two iconic knives, as well as their advantages in the modern kitchen.

Japanese all-purpose knives, such as the Santoku and Bunka, embody the art and tradition of Japanese cuisine, while meeting the modern needs of cooks the world over. Santoku is the epitome of versatility, while Bunka shines for its precision. Choosing between these two knives will depend on your personal preferences and the tasks you perform most often in the kitchen. In any case, investing in a quality Japanese knife is a wise choice to enhance your culinary skills and your pleasure in the kitchen.

The Santoku

The Santoku

The Santoku, whose name means "three virtues" or "three uses", takes its name from its versatility. It was developed in Japan in the 20th century as a response to the growing popularity of Western chef's knives. Designed to meet the needs of Japanese cooks while adopting elements of Western cuisine, the Santoku quickly became a staple in kitchens around the world.

The Santoku features a wide, rectangular blade with a “Kamagata” shape points, generally 15 to 18 cm long. The blade is sharpened on both sides, making it ideally suited to a multitude of kitchen tasks. The tip of the blade is slightly curved, allowing smooth rocking movements when cutting, and the width of the blade makes it easy to collect cut food.

The Santoku excels at preparing meat, fish, vegetables and even fruit. It is ideal for chopping, slicing, mincing and fine-cutting. Its versatility makes it the preferred tool of amateur and professional chefs worldwide.

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The Bunka

The Bunka

The Bunka is a versatile Japanese knife with its roots in Japanese tradition. Unlike the Santoku, the Bunka is more recent and less well known outside Japan, but it is rapidly gaining in popularity thanks to its exceptional capabilities in the kitchen.

The Bunka is distinguished by its elegant, pointed and slightly curved blade. The blade size generally varies between 150 mm and 180 mm, making it as handy as the Santoku.

The Bunka is a true Japanese all-purpose knife. Its shape allows great precision, making it ideal for cutting fine vegetables and herbs, as well as boning meat or preparing sushi. The tip of the blade is also useful for making meticulous, artistic cuts.

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All purpose knife (Santoku & Bunka)

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