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.