The newest edition to the ZDP-189 range, this nakiri is a lovely example.
*Please note: the handle is now walnut octagonal with a black pakka ferrule, not oval rosewood*
A beautiful addition to the ZDP-189 range, the Nakiri is the go to knife in Japan for all veg related tasks.
The knife is made from a core steel of ZDP-189, a very hard steel (66-67 HRC), which means it can achieve and hold an incredibly sharp edge.
Laminated steel - the core is made of very hard steel, dressed in an outer layer of softer stainless steel. Such a blade remains sharp for a very long time, and because of the softened external steel it is easier to grind and at the same time protect the center steel from external factors.
Kuro-uchi finished blade, which is in the upper part of the knife, untreated and has already developed a dark patina. This protects the blade while giving it a traditional Japanese look. On the hand-wrought-iron knife, we have left visible fingerprints for a wonderful appearance, which at the same time prevents the food sticking.
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 181 mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
- Total length 316 mm (Blade + Handle)
- Blade width 2 mm (Measured where blade enters handle)
- Blade height 50 mm Heel to spine
- Total weight 159 grams
- Blade Material cutting edge, laminated in Stainless
- Hardness 66:67 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
A textured shiny black box, lined with black card and the knife name in Japanese along the top. The blade is encased in a plastic sheath for protection.
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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