Bunka 190mm Ebonised Oak & Brass


This MCX Bunka 190mm has once again been design in collaboration with Swedish Bladesmith Fredrik Spåre. The knife design takes a little inspiration from HADO Knives, but Fredrik is also a major fan of the Bunka and has imbued the knife with his own classic look and feel. We wanted to deliver something a little more subtle in its design, with clean lines and a slightly less aggressive styling on this knife.

Featuring the classic MCX tapered Rokkaku Hanmaru handle, this time in ebonized oak with a birch bark spacer and a brass bolster. The knife feels nimble and light with perfect balance. A little longer than a tradition Japanese Bunka and with more distal taper the blade will make for a perfect everyday utility knife.

The blade itself is forged in 1.2419 premium carbon steel, it’s hard and tough steel and will hold a very toothy and sharp edge. The profile is classic bunka, a relatively flat, subtle curve with a pointed K-tip.

The blade is finished with a natural brute de forge finish at the spine and satin polished bevels, which Fredrik finishes by hand of whetstones. The complete package is a subtle and classic looking knife, which is a joy to work with.
Product Specification

Blade Type: Bunka

Edge Length: 190mm

Spine Heel: 3.55mm

Spine Mid: 1.8mm

Spine Tip (20mm before): 1.4mm

Blade Height: 53.3mm

Weight: 154g

Cutting Edge Steel: 1.2419

Stainless: No

HRC: 64

Blade Construction: Mono Steel

Blade Finish: Brute de Forge

Grind: Convex

Handle Construction: Hidden Tang

Handle Materials: Ebonised Oak, Birch Bark, Brass

Handedness: Ambidextrous

Saya Included: No

Shipping & Returns


We process orders 5 days a week (Monday - Friday) and ship from our shop in Berlin, Germany. We ship with FedEx, UPS and Deutsche Post.

We are happy to offer free international shipping on a variety of orders depending on location and order value. You can check to see where things sit for you here.


At Modern Cooking we want our customers to be inspired and delighted by the products they purchase through our shop.

However, we understand that you may need to return products occasionally. If you are not entirely happy, you can return your purchase in its original condition within 14 days for a refund. Please email if you wish to return any goods.

In the unlikely event that you receive faulty goods or your order is damaged in transit, please contact us for instructions on how to return the goods as in this case we will meet the cost of return postage, though only if this is arranged through our authorised carriers. Any claim for refund or exchange resulting from faulty goods or goods damaged in transit must be raised within 5 business days.

All Modern Cooking logistics partners provide insurance in case of damage, but the coverage is only valid if we are notified within 5 business days. Please make sure to inspect your order immediately upon receipt to ensure that there is no damage.

Once we have the goods back, we will issue a full refund or send replacements where possible, as you prefer.

Product Care:

Cleaning: Clean by hand with warm water. Avoid wetting the handle when possible. 

Sharpening: We advise using whetstones to sharpen your knives and a honing rod or steel to maintain the burr between sharpening sessions. 

Reactive Steels: Reactive steels like Aogami Super, Apex Ultra or one of the many premium reactive German and Swedish steels are susceptible to rust if not properly cared for. In this case we advise that you keep the knife dry between uses and when storing the knife for longer periods wiping the knife blade with Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil is a wise choice. This will not stop a patina forming on the blade, but it will stop rust. A patina can be a beautiful personal feature on your knife and helps to stop rust forming. So, dry your knife regularly between uses, store in a dry place and apply some Tsubaki oil from time to time when storing for long periods. 

A reference guide to steel types

Handle Care: If you have a knife with a non-stabilised wooden handle, you can apply Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil to your handle from time to time. Food safe wax can be applied to both stabilised and no-stabilised wooden handles. Never apply hot wax or oil as you risk warping or damaging the handle.