An all-purpose knife suitable for preparing meat, vegetables, and fish, the Bunka literally means "cultural knife," because of its role in making traditional Japanese cuisine in the home. Closely related to the Santoku knife, the Bunka has a more acute and utilitarian point. Wakiita literally means "near the cutting board" and is a term used to refer to senior apprentices skilled enough to assist high-ranking chefs. Equivalent to sous chefs or journeyman chefs in Western kitchens, they are accomplished culinary professionals well on their way to becoming expert chefs. As the second tier of Spyderco's Murray Carter Collection, the Wakiita Series captures the spirit of the journeyman chef by expressing Carter's highly refined designs with solid stainless steel blades. The blades of Wakiita Series knives are precision ground from CTS BD1N-a high-carbon, nitrogen-enriched stainless steel that provides a superior balance of hardness, edge holding, and corrosion resistance. Like all knives in the Murray Carter Collection, they are ground exceptionally thin and straight for superior cutting performance and proudly feature the signature "Carter Elbow," a distinctive taper from the spine to the point that reinforces the blade's tip. In classic style, the knives of the Wakiita Series showcase traditional "wa-style" (octagonal) handles. Painstakingly crafted from solid black G-10, a durable fiberglass and epoxy laminate, the polished handles ensure both comfort and precise control. A remarkable fusion of time-tested traditional designs and state-of-the-art modern materials, the Wakiita Series accurately translates Murray Carter's prized custom designs into high-performance cutlery that is sure to please even the most discriminating cooking enthusiasts.
A native of Halifax, Canada, Murray Carter fell in love with Japanese culture as a teenager. At age 18, he visited Japan and met Sensei Yasuyuki Sakemoto, a 16th-generation bladesmith whose lineage originated with some of the most revered sword makers of Japan's feudal era. Carter's remarkable relationship with Sensei Sakemoto ultimately led to a demanding six-year apprenticeship and an additional 12 years of experience as a village bladesmith in Japan. Now the official heir to a 420-year-old family tradition as the 17th Generation Yoshimoto Bladesmith, Carter is regarded as one of the world's leading experts on Japanese kitchen cutlery. A prolific knifemaker with well over 25,000 custom blades to his credit, Carter realizes that he will never meet the insatiable worldwide demand for his handmade knives. To make his elite designs available to a broader audience of cooking enthusiasts, he decided to partner with another legendary presence in the cutlery industry that also has deep ties to Japan's premier knifemaking resources, the Spyderco knife company of Golden, Colorado.
Through an unprecedented collaboration, Spyderco has faithfully translated the meticulous craftsmanship of Carter's exquisite handmade patterns to a breathtaking series of production knives known as the Murray Carter Collection. Manufactured in Japan to Spyderco's exacting quality standards, this formidable family of knives showcases Carter's highly refined expressions of five traditional Japanese kitchen knife patterns and will be available in three different tiers. Forged by tradition and built by Spyderco, the Murray Carter Collection is your key to the ultimate cooking experience.