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

Thin and sharp, like most Japanese knives, the flat cutting edge and square cut tip make this perfect for chopping and a dicing vegetables. The wider squared blade is often used to help scoop and transfer your chopped vegetables to the pot.

Don't let its Eastern looks put you off, it's a fabulous and useful addition to any kitchen, one of our favourites.

These knives are powerful performers and if you do prepare a lot of veg in your kitchen you should seriously consider adding one to your collection.