For over 350 years Nakaniida has been one of the most unusual sword making processes that has continued through generations of blacksmiths. Now this process could finally end when itís last practitioner, Michio Ishikawa, retires. He has no apprentice as of the time of this writing, so with him goes the secrets and skills needed to make blades using the Nakaniida Proprietary process of forging.
We recently discovered this blacksmith through a good friend in Japan. After hearing the story and seeing his interview on Japanese TV we decided to introduce his unique knives to our customers.
Not only is the 28 stage process one of a kind, but his use of a single bevel design in knives normally made with two edges places them in the very rare category. We hardly ever see a single-sided gyuto so we just had to give this and its santoku sibling a place in our store.
There are some fundamental differences in cutting and sharpening styles that will be required in the use of single bevel knives. But not so hard that some practice will not overcome these obstacles. The upside of single bevel knives is their in-built acute cutting edge. Being single sided means that the inclusive edge angle is about 15 degrees as opposed to a double edge where the angle is around 30 degrees. This enhances the cutting abilities, makes food release easier and minimizes wedging. However, it does result in a blade that is restricted to right-handed users.
Ishikawa-san uses both White and Blue #2 steels in his knives. This gyuto is made with White #2 which receives a soft iron cladding. The rustic nature of his knives is very obvious and they are not the fit and finish kings that other blacksmiths produce. He places value on shape and sharpness more than on aesthetics. But at the price and considering the one-man handmade nature of these blades that is a plus, not a negative.
To find such unusual knives made by a craftsman of his caliber and experience is a rare thing. We have added a very nice octagonal custom handle made from dyed maple to further enhance the originality of the blade.
Blacksmith: Mr. Ishikawa
Location: Kami, Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Core Steel: White #2
Edge: Asymmetric (See Choil Photo)
Weight: 6.0 oz/ 172g
Blade Length: 220 mm
Overall Length: 371 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 4.8 mm
Blade Height at Heel: 48.9 mm
Handle: Custom Octagonal
5Ishikawa Nakiri, October 26, 2019
Posted By: Joseph
What a awesome knife. Like the previous reviewer, this is the first Ishikawa knife that I have gotten. I am very impressed! Sharp as a razor out of the box and very well balanced. Unfortunately my knife took some damage while I was using it at work. I sent the knife back and had it repaired. Customer service was stellar. I got the knife back and it is good as new. I love this knife.
Posted By: Victor Quest - verified customer 1 people found this review helpful
I just received this knife and it is the first Ishikawa knife that I have. It is a beautiful knife and is razor sharp out of the box. I really feel the excellent craftsmanship that went into this handmade knife. The balance point is perfect for me at around where the handle meets the spine. The height is perfect for me with a Nakiri. I would highly reccomend anyone who is looking for a Nakiri to buy from Ishikawa-san. The single bevel is very nice and all veg I cut seems like butter, anyone who sees this should spend some time and watch some of Ishikawa-san's interviews.
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