Nigara Hamono SG2 Tsuchime Migaki Bunka 170 mm Maple burl
The Bunka is a general purpose knife that has a straighter edge profile than a Santoku. This makes the rocking motion more difficult to perform. However, the Bunka is perfect for use with the push-cut or pull-cut method. Its fine tip provides precision and agility as it passes more easily through the food when cutting.
At the age of 35, Go Yoshizawa is a creative craftsman who is making the family business shine. He is the head-chef of the Nigara's forge, one of the most renowned forges in Japan and worldwide, and famous for damascus work. Yoshizawa-san builds on the solid foundation of steelworking that he has developed over the years to discover and explore new processes. Nigara's forge and its craftsmen continue to amaze us with knives that are as beautiful as they are performing.
Super Gold 2 or SG2 is a powder metallurgy steel designed by Takefu Special Steel Co Ltd in Takefu, Echizen/ Fukui. It is a high-carbon stainless steel that is pulverized to a very fine grain size and then put back together. This process results in a homogeneous grain structure of the steel, making it easier to sharpen and very durable. Takefu Steel is the company that also created the popular VG-10 steel. The goal behind the design of SG2 was to offer a range above VG-10, which proves to be the case in all aspects.
Being able to reach a hardness of 64 HRC and thus obtaining a breathtaking edge, the SG2 is very famous in the world of Japanese cutlery.
Takefu Special Steel Co Ltd does not manufacture SG2 anymore and the SG2 knives you will see on the market will be, most of the time, almost identical steels manufactured by other companies like Kobelco's R2 which has the same characteristics as Takefu Special Steel Co Ltd's SG2.
Tips for best results
Make sure your knife will deliver its absolute best by having it professionally sharpened at least once a year. Please note that our meticulously handcrafted Japanese knives are – unless otherwise noted – carbon steel and not stainless steel. To prevent rust, make sure the blades are patted dry – especially when cutting acidic items. Never cut frozen foods, hard products, bone, or twist the blade when using. Never soak in water after use or put in the dishwasher. After use, store in a cool, dry place and avoid high temperature fluctuations.
Our commitment to you – our customers
Every knife we carry has a lifetime warranty from manufacturing defects and errors. For example, if the handle becomes detached or cracks appear after a few weeks of proper use. Or if there are any blade cracks from the edge to the spine. While such defects are indeed rare, they can occur. In such cases, we will exchange the knife in question or give you a refund. Each warranty case is different depending on the criteria, and we reserve the right in each and every case to evaluate the applicability of our lifetime warranty in the event of any manufacturing defects and errors.
Do you get the feeling that your knife just can’t “cut it”?
Each knife we carry is supplied with a so-called “factory edge”. Our chef knife range comprises more than 200 different products. While all our handcrafted Japanese knives ship with a “factory edge”, ultimate blade sharpness can vary. If you feel that your knife’s blade edge is not performing to its full potential, feel free to contact us and we will provide you with professional sharpening for free!
Oops! What about the truly Unthinkable?
Was it just through a slight slip of the hand that your knife accidentally fell on the floor and damaged its tip and blade, or it was used to cut a hard, frozen product and chipped? Don’t despair, get in touch with us and we will solve the problem through our in-house, professional sharpening and repair service.
Simply contact us or visit our store to get a free estimate.