Category Archives: Essential tools

The supercar of the knife world

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If TopGear was a cooking show, then the Stig would have met his match with the Takada Bunka.  As light as a feather (110g)  and sharp enough to cut silk, I don’t think any metaphor could describe the experience of this knife in my hand… Except for maybe a Ferrari. This is a one of a kind, hand made, Japanese knife by third generation blacksmith Takeda Shosui-san. The Bunka is the illegitimate child of the Nakiri and Gyuto knife shapes . Half vegetable, half meat slicer, this is a knife that can slice through just about anything placed in it’s path. (except for maybe an anvil) The blade is forged from Aogami Super (Super blue carbon steel) and offset with a beautiful rosewood and pakka handle. I have several Japanese knives, and this one is head and shoulders above the rest, not only in quality but usability and beauty. These knives are heirloom knives, designed to be handed down to your children’s children. If that is something that appeals to you, then check out the selection at Knifeware or Chubo Knives.

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A Knife With a Name-Mizu

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This week I became the proud owner of a handmade knife with a name (it was a gift.)  Pathetic and a little nerdy I know, but my new Masakage Mizu cuts like a laser (no joke!) and it is hand forged in Japan by Anryu San.  The blade is Aogami carbon steel, and the name Mizu (water in Japanese) is inspired by the bluish black carbon finish that is the result of the hand forging process. This blade is the ferrari of the knife world so if you want to upgrade your old clunker you can check out the best knife store I have come across.

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Ghetto Griller

There is an expression that says… “Necessity is the mother of invention and laziness is the father.” I’m not sure where the inspiration for this one came from, but as much as I love meat roasted over a charcoal fire, there is a time and a place for an easy gas operated BBQ. Especially when… continue reading

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