Simply stunning. This shape of knife needs some getting used to looks wise. Once you've got it in your hand though it comes alive and you realise just what a great knife this is. Why we don't have anything similar in the West is beyond us.
The Nakiri is perfect for chopping vegetables (it's not a meat cleaver despite first impressions!). 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 great for transferring your chopped veg from board to pot. These knives are really handy additions to any kitchen and look stunning and very different from your usual kitchen knife, take a risk and enjoy yourself.
At a glance
We have personally tested and reviewed this knife to give you an honest and personal opinion about it and this is how it rates.
The technical bits
- Blade length 168 mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
- Total length 316 mm (Blade + Handle)
- Blade width 5 mm (Measured where blade enters handle)
- Blade height 60 mm Heel to spine
- Total weight 183 grams
- Blade Material cutting edge, laminated in Stainless
- Hardness 61-63 HRC
- Style Japanese
- Handle Style Japanese
- Tang Style Half
- Left or right handed Both
- Type Nakiri
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
Beautiful blue fibre boxes with the Masakage logo and name in silver foil on the lid. On the inside you will find a blue stepped inlay and your beautiful knife of course, wrapped in Japanese newspaper by the craftsmen who made it.
So while not working on your knife skills you can catch up your Japanese language skills. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving...
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.
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