As the saying goes, great oaks from little acorns grow. While not quite a great oak, the Daovua knife company has grown—from a fledgling enterprise in Vietnam making knife and tool blades out of old car parts, to a thriving business that has spread into making some really great kitchen utensils at super attractive prices.
Their blades are fashioned from recycled leaf springs taken from old cars and trucks. This is not as bizarre as it sounds as many top-flight blacksmiths dip into this widely available source to make their highly prized blades. But unlike these fancy and often expensive works of art, the Nhat family makes more down-to-earth creations that are more function than form.
This knife is a classic nakiri
in shape and profile but with a much taller stance. It is almost a cross between a cleaver
and nakiri except that it is very thin and made to cut vegetables of all kinds with ease.
One outstanding attribute of these blades is how they take an incredibly sharp edge.
So for someone seeking a unique version of a nakiri, the Daovua Tall Nakiri
is a perfect and high-value choice. Please remember these are made under fairly rough conditions with recycled steel, so you should expect that they will have imperfections that you will not see in our other knives. But this should not dissuade anyone looking for a low-priced kitchen knife that is exceedingly sharp and rather unique.
Steel: Leaf Spring Carbon Steel
Edge Grind: Even, Double Bevel
Weight: 7.3 oz/ 206g
Blade Length: 177mm
Overal Length: 324mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 2.0mm
Blade Height at Heel: 74.8mm