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 Post subject: Konosuke fujiyama 190mm bunka?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:23 pm 

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Does anyone have this knife or used this knife either the blue or the white and can give me a little review on whether or not you like it? thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Konosuke fujiyama 190mm bunka?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 1:10 am 
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I noticed a while back that it was still available, and was orchestrating a way to purchase it, but I simply can't afford it at the moment and I already have two Fujiyama Gyutos. Not only is it a Fujiyama, but it's got the height that I personally like...54mm. It's long enough at 190mm and has a nice looking tip AND the nice Konosuke Ebony handle.

Looks like an amazing knife; I'm surprised that it's still available.



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 Post subject: Re: Konosuke fujiyama 190mm bunka?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:34 pm 

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Kirky, I bought the Blue #2 as soon as it became available this past June. As in the second it was posted to the site. The demand for the Fujiyamas is at a fever pitch and now I see why...I am floored by its performance. Tall, just how I like all my knives, effortless on anything dense (carrots, cabbage, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts) due to its spectacular laser thin - complex convex / concave asymmetric flat grind. Edge bevels were damn near imperceptible like a fraction of a mm. Very good to excellent edge retention, due I am sure to a near perfect HT. Six months in and I still haven't had to give it a major sharpening just touchups w/ a 4000 Shapton and several loaded strops. The only thing I don't like is:

1. The ebony & honey horn handle, its slightly oversized but not in anyway uncomfortable just adds too much additional cost IMO. I would have much rather preferred a handle less version and done the wenge & maple.
2. I am not crazy about the soft iron cladding, the reactivity was low but finally settled after about 3 months.

But I don't need 240's due to board space and 210's due to their typical low heel height feel small. The increased height at the heel - 54 on mine gives a perceived feeling of greater length while still feeling nimble and is always the first one I reach for everyday. I have very large hands, one of the reasons I like my knives tall.

As versatile as a gyuto? Probably not. But the cool looking edo style tip gives it a bad ass look as much as I dislike that term. And enough curve at the tip for rock chopping with a nice long flat spot giving it a nakiri like feel. Better for veggies than proteins but works well on them too. I've resisted posting a review until I gave it a major resharpening and to help keep the rabid demand for the Fujiyama series subdued, as I now would like at least 1 or 2 more. ;)

Well there you have it, the review I didn't intend on writing. :lol:

The Fujiyama's are everything everyone says the are. Exceptional.


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 Post subject: Re: Konosuke fujiyama 190mm bunka?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 4:53 pm 

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I hesitated the last two times the Blue #2 one came up and have been awash in regret since. I will not make this mistake again.


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 Post subject: Re: Konosuke fujiyama 190mm bunka?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:43 pm 
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Dr. Zaius wrote:The ebony & honey horn handle, its slightly oversized but not in anyway uncomfortable just adds too much additional cost IMO.


Little off topic but, I don't find the Konosuke Ebony handle large at all, and I'm not an overly huge guy. In fact, I find them quite comfortable and fairly slender. Not sure if it's different for a Gyuto vs the Bunka. Here's a comparison to the Teruyasu another member posted. You can see the Teruyasu Fujiwara is a fair bit bigger(if it's the factory handle) in the pic.

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 Post subject: Re: Konosuke fujiyama 190mm bunka?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:01 pm 

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I have a Kono HD Addict and compared the two. Bunka - bigger in diameter than HD but shorter in length, looks an just like TF. Probably helps with balance, but I like a slightly blade heavy feel. Not a fan of Ho.


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 Post subject: Re: Konosuke fujiyama 190mm bunka?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:05 am 
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Yeah, I like the blade heavy feel too. I love that about my Nakiri. That knife is so awesome. 165mm and 195 grams of mean chopping power. I stick it into the chopping board while I'm adding ingredients. :) The Fujiyama is a lot more sleek and finished, but it's balanced, not at all blade heavy. I like the balanced feel when it comes to slicing.



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