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 located 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 terms of shape and profile but with a much taller stance. It is almost a cross between a cleaver and nakiri except for the fact 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.
Good height on this blade and pretty thin. I got mine with an amazing handle, wow! Sharpness was ok out of the box, I prefer new knives that way as I sharpen them to my preferred sharpness. Overall great knife at a good price point.
Rustic and raw, in a great way. I like the character of the knive. Either get the sharpening service or be prepared to give these knives a little love once they arrive as the are raw. This is a favorite and if you're ready to keep it sharp, well worth it.
Really glad that I found this line of knives. Love these things. Not too much smaller than an average vegetable cleaver with a slight curve to the belly, it is exactly what I needed to break down birds. Rustic look, light as a feather and no shame or worry with damaging the blade. 3 minutes on the stones and as good as new.
Ordered CKTG sharpening service which left this blade screaming sharp. Aesthetics have been addressed by other reviews. In regards to performance, this is a fairly specialized shape, excellent for bunches of greens as well as harder large vegetables. This thing can take apart a butternut squash better than one of my $500 knives which has now been relegated to other tasks.
5Probably 5160 steel—definitely my new favorite, May 23, 2020
Posted By: Jason Krantz
Nearly all leaf springs the world over are made from 5160 steel—leaf springs are a high-quality, consistent source of knife blanks. There's no need to worry that you might get an "off" knife made from an inferior steel.
And Daovua is clearly getting the heat-treatment right; this knife is the easiest to sharpen of any knife on my rack—and those are mostly 52100 and AEB-L.
I was initially looking to get a re-handled small CCK, but this is the knife I wanted all along—I just didn't know it. You know how travelers tend to have the best meal of their trip at street-food stalls? This knife is charming for many of the same reasons: it's not fancy and it's not expensive—it just really delivers on what you're hoping to find.
5Great character, story and performance, May 12, 2020
Posted By: Jesse Sands 1 people found this review helpful
Once I sharpened it, I have really enjoyed using it to chop vegetables. Note that it has much more curve to the blade than a more traditional Japanese nakiri -- only the last 1/4 of the blade toward the handle is completely straight.
Posted By: Leonid 1 people found this review helpful
My go-to onion slicer was the old Dao Vua bunka until I got this beauty. It is sublimely functional. I was a little worried about losing the bunka's detail tip until I realized that the heel of the blade can be used in a pinch.
4Daovua Leaf Spring Tall Nakiri 175mm, December 25, 2019
Posted By: Dave Job - verified customer
I'm using this as a home cook. I'm happy with it so far. Nice edge right out of the box, the balance feels good and the handle feels good. I've used it for slicing meat and chopping, slicing, and mincing veggies, transferring ingredients from board to pan, and it works very well for everything. It seems a bit lighter than what I thought it would be by looking at it, and certainly lighter at 218 grams than my Wusthof chinese cleaver (320 grams) which is of comparable size. I'm satisfied with the price I paid and the knife I received. Shipping was fast and the knife was packaged well.
I wanted to try this knife after one of my sons showed me his. I've never had a tall Nakiri and liked what I saw in his, so ordered one. This knife feels very good in my pinch grip, but what I really like is the way the blade rides against my knuckles of my other hand. It makes an excellent control surface for slice control and it helps make uniform slices. The blade has a rounded nose and enough curve to have a good rocking action for mincing, plus the large blade makes a great spatula for moving food quickly from the cutting board to a bowl. The leaf spring steel gets razor sharp (yes mine needed sharpening right away, no big deal). Overall, I think its a great knife that combines utility with beauty.
5Fantastic nakiri for large hands, August 16, 2019
Posted By: StiffArm 1 people found this review helpful
If you have bear paws instead of human hands then this is the knife for you. But seriously this is a fantastic knife for the money. I've only used mine for a few weeks but I just love it. Yes the edge OOTB could be better but a few minutes on the stones and you're razor sharp. F&F is just fine when considering the price-point. There is something about this knife that just exudes soul. This is no beauty queen but she'll chop any veggie that gets in your way. Great knuckle clearance for big handed people, especially if you favor a pinch grip. I really like this knife and absolutely plan to buy more from Daovua--great value and I love the re-purposed leaf spring angle.
Posted By: Tom Dickinson 4 people found this review helpful
Just got my Daovua Tall Nakiri in the mail today and I think it's an exceptional knife. I'm gonna put my own edge on it but I noticed that the bevel on this blade is geared more towards lefty's and that's great because I'm left handed. I like the length, I like the flaws in the blade and the rustic charm. I like this knife better than my CCK Lil' Rhino. Going to buy the Kiritsuke next.
Posted By: Delboy 2 people found this review helpful
Others may disagree, but this is the perfect "Chinese cleaver" for me. EXCELLENT for any vegetable chopping, as spring steel as great impact resistance & toughness, coupled with an ability to take a very keen edge. After chopping up an entire (large)family size stir fry on the board. It was still sharp enough to slice paper thin pieces of roast pork to put on top. I was a bit apprehensive about the pronounced heal, but it actually helps with chopping. I would definitely recommend this knife, it performs well above it's price.
5I like knives with good knuckle clearance , June 9, 2019
Posted By: Tom Dickinson 1 people found this review helpful
I am a chef with big hands and I have to have to a knife that has good knuckle clearance and a tall Nakiri is perfect. I will definitely be purchasing this knife. Also, my Dad is a lifetime career mechanic and he even has told me that leaf springs are made from top quality metal and the fact that Daovua uses them in the fabrication of their knives is outstanding.
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