Hatsukokoro Kurosagi Nakiri

Regular price £150.00

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The nakiri is perfect for all your veg prep and the kurosagi is great fun to use from the moment you take it out of the box.

First Impressions

The consistent flat double bevel grind and relatively thin overall profile perform nicely right from the box and the smoother finishing across the full height of the blade and kurouchi finsh slide neatly through food and all the knives across the range feel light and nimble in hand.

The more adventurous among you might also enjoy working on it to thin it out even further and unleash even more cutting power.


The eye catching angled wenge handle certainly makes the kurosagi stand out on a rack (you can buy these separately by the way) but the blade itself is a looker. 

Perhaps not the bling of some knives but if you want to truly capture the essence of a Japanese knife then you can't go  wrong with a classic half kurouchi finish tapering down to a nice migaki and finally polished exposed core. 

In Hand

A lot of kurouchi finish knives can be a little rough to the touch where some of the scale has been left in place but these are polished nicely and smooth to the touch and the heel and spine have been worked on to make sure they're nice and comfortable too. 

It's the small details in the finish that do help with the overall feel and it's nicely implemented and consistent across the range.


Aogami Super steel is a popular choice among blacksmiths and knife owners for its durability and relative ease of maintenance and you should expect this knife to last a long time with careful use and maintenance.

Ease of Care

This is a reactive knife so we'd recommend caring for it following the normal rinse and dry routine after use.

It would also be worth applying drop or two of camellia oil from time to time to help care for and protect it as the patina develops.

Our Verdict

The kurosagi is great value and a fine looking collection of knives and in what's a very competitive price point for most people who are looking to invest in either their first Japanese chef knife or an additional one for their collection, there's a lot of quality for the money. 

Hatsukokoro are working with a range of blacksmiths and workshops as they expand and in pairing up with the Motokyuuchi workshop to create these, we think much like the smash hit Inazuma knives, these will be a very choice for those seeking great value and a quality aogami super core.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 162mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 304mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 48.5mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 3.34mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 167 grams
  • Core Steel: Super Blue Steel
  • Cladding Steel: Soft Iron
  • Hardness: 62-63 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Angled wenge and black buffalo
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: HAT-050

Our aim is to measure and photograph our products as accurately as possible but due to many items being handmade, finished or using natural materials, there can be minor variance in measurements and things such as blade or wood finishes can vary. We will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

Some measurements such as HRC are provided by manufacturers and should therefore be used as a guide.

Protection & care for this knife

We recommend a santoku sized blade guard for this knife if you're not going to store it on a magnetic rack or block.

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Meet the maker

Motokyuuchi / Hatsukokoro

This range is made for Hatsukokoro by the Motokyuuchi workshop. Led by 5th generation blacksmith Yasuhide Maeda, Motokyuuchi have been making knives and blades since 1895.

Helping you find the perfect knives & accessories

Cutting Edge Knives is a family run business established in 2011 and based in the picturesque town of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. We love the history and craftsmanship that goes into making Japanese chef knives and accessories and the excitement and enjoyment you experience when using a truly sharp knife in the kitchen.

Over many years we've helped thousands of happy customers find their dream knife and look forward to helping you too.

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