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For those that venture outside of Japanese-made kitchen knives, you need only scour the internet for a few minutes before you eventually come across the brand Dao Vua. Who are they and why have they taken the internet and market by storm? The story of Dao Vua and their kitchen knife price point is really where it begins.
Here is the short and dirty version of their humble beginnings, which you can easily find online. Dao Vua knives are handmade in Hanoi, Vietnam by barefoot Vietnamese bladesmiths, using recycled materials, from what they call leaf spring steel. At the price point of these knives, they are seriously impressive from build to sharpness. Though, they may not be for you if you struggle to take care of your knives. Being carbon steel even if with a kurouchi finish, they sharpen easily, but also oxidize easily so care should be taken to maintain a dry knife.
Once again with the third iteration to their knives "V3", Dao Vua has addressed another issue users have sometimes worried about. If the metal used is from recycled materials, how can consistency of the final product be assured? Enter sourcing 52100 carbon steel from the US with this V3 line. SO, sounds like every time a end product user has a demand it seems to be met. What else would you like to see from this exciting Vietnamese knife company?
Think of a bunka, like a flatter bellied santoku with a k-tip (reverse tanto). Typically available in all the same sizes as a santoku, the main difference comes from the pointed tip which is useful for precision cuts like scouring an onion or garlic and the flatter belly which suits push/pull cutting over rock chopping. At 165mm, even if a new shape to you, it isn't a length that will feel uncomfortable in your hand.
Brand: Dao Vua
Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Blade Length: 165mm
Overall Length: 310mm
Spine: 2mm at heel
Blade Height: 47mm at heel