This is the Nakiri from the incredible Denka No Hoto range. His own choice of Super blue steel called Chigusa-kou sandwiched between 2 layers of stainless steel for ease of care. This range of knives will blow your mind!

Boasting the best edge retention of any of our knives this knife makes us smile every time we use it. Cutting through vegetables like they weren't there you can prep a mountain of veg in the blink of an eye.

This knife is not a meat cleaver, in fact the Nakiri is perfect for chopping vegetables. The flat profile of the blade means it's easier to get all the way through the veg to the board and ensure each slice is cut all the way through.

It is best used with a chopping action (up and down) and the wide blade is handy for transferring your chopped veg from board to pot. 

This knife steel has some special care instructions: Caring for carbon Steel.

What we thought about this knife

We have personally tested and reviewed this knife to give you an honest and personal opinion about it and this is how it rates. Remember these scores are a reflection of the company these knives keep, all our knives are great (or we wouldn't sell them) but we can't give them all 5/5. A low score doesn't mean it's a poor knife, it just might be out-trumped by one of our other amazing knives.

5 / 5Overall performance

Simply sensational. The hardness of the steel creates and edge that remains true and sharp for a long time even by Japanese knife standards. 

The knife glides through everything put in its path with a very smooth feel - you'll want to make more food than you need!

5 / 5Beauty

Rugged and solid looking, with the Japanese style blade and half tang traditional octagonal Japanese Wa handle, they're subtle but at the same time leave you in no doubt that they're ready to perform in the kitchen. 

5 / 5Durability

The 65:66 HRC edge will retain its sharpness an incredibly long time, you'll be able to go longer periods without the edge dulling.

You will of course need to maintain the edge with a honing rod as with all knives but you'll find the amount of honing is less than many other knives. 

5 / 5Ease of care

Easy to care for if you follow the normal rules of not putting it in a dishwasher and just rinse and dry after use. It does have a super blue carbon core so there may be some rusting and patina possible over time. The rusting is easy to scrub off and perfectly normal along with the edge darkening over time as it develops a patina. 

5 / 5Comfort

The octagonal handle and balance of the knife gives a comfortable and easy feel and the finger groove on the blade of the bigger knives creates an additional balance point that helps guide the knife through food.

5 / 5Value for money

Despite the high price, we still feel this range offers excellent value for money when you take into account the fact each knife is still handmade by Teruyasu Fujiwara and that the forging process used creates such a sensationally hard steel. 

The Denka range is a glimpse of some of the highest quality Japanese knives money can buy so while it's a considered purchase, it's one you won't regret! 

The technical bits

  • Blade length160mm(Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total length308mm(Blade + Handle)
  • Blade width4mm(Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height55mm(Measured from blade heel to spine)
  • Total weight184 grams
  • Blade materialSuper Blue Steel cutting edge, laminated in Stainless

    This knife steel has some special care instructions: Caring for carbon Steel.

  • Hardness65:66HRC
  • Handle styleJapanese
  • Tang styleHalf
  • Left or right handedBoth

Our aim is to measure everything as accurately as possible but some specifications (such as hardness for example) are provided by the manufacturer and therefore should be used as a guide only.

What you get with the knife

A gold or grain patterned card storage box with black inlay and on the front - a photo of Teruyasu Fujiwara, as he makes every single knife you get to see the man himself.

You'll also get our normal knife care guide card and a couple of plasters just in case you have any little accidents! 

All our knives also come with free blue plasters just in case you're not ready for the sharpness! If you intend to use your knives regularly then we don't advise you to use the boxes for day to day storage, get a magnetic knife rack instead.

What is a Nakiri knife?

The Nakiri looks like a small meat cleaver. In reality this knife is anything but. 

You can read more about Nakiri knives if we've got you interested in them.

Still need some advice choosing the right knife?

We want you to be happy that you're buying the right knife for your cooking needs so if you're not sure what you need, here are some useful places to start.