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Shiro Kamo R2 Nakiri 170mm
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Shiro Kamo R2 Nakiri 170mm Shiro Kamo R2 Nakiri 170mmShiro Kamo R2 Nakiri 170mm

Shiro Kamo R2 Nakiri 170mm

Item #: KamoR2-Nakiri

Average Customer Rating:
(4 out of 5 based on 4 reviews)

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Our Price: $190.00
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Shiro Kamo fashions this series of knives from R2 stainless tool steel, clad with a damascus style layering of a different stainless alloy. The jigane (outer layer) is etched to reveal a lovely semi-matte pattern. Some fine kanji script is chiseled into the blade to enhance the handsome aesthetic.

R2 steel is manufactured by The Kobelco Steel Company. It is a powdered steel which exhibits really good strength, excellent wear resistance, and the ability to take a very sharp edge. The same steel can be found in other knives but it is called SG-2. These are the same alloys but the SG-2 brand is resold and rebranded by Takefu Speciality Steels.

The Kamo nakiri featured here is a really fine knife. While the knife is quite light it is still a stiff and responsive blade; it is certainly not a laser. The blade thickness is fairly stout at the neck but thins down to a fine edge and tip. The profile is almost dead flat with just a hint of curvature to the belly. The tip is rounded to allow for a slight rocking action. The overall fit and finish is as good as any in its price range…and better than most. The same applies to the out-of-the-box edge sharpness.

If you seek a blade with character or “soul,” a knife that can handle a multitude of ingredients, and you are wanting to experience the latest in easy to maintain metallurgy, then the Shiro Kamo nakiri is a perfect choice.

  • Weight: 5.2 ounces
  • Blade Length: 165 mm (6.5")
  • Overall Length: 308 mm (12.25")
  • Thickness at Heel: 2.4 mm
  • Blade Height: 52.6 mm
  • Steel: R2 Powdered Stainless
  • HRC: 62-63

  • Customer Reviews

    Product Reviews

    2  Be careful, July 1, 2017
    Posted By: Nick

    This knife is brittle and chips even on the softest ingredients. Mine has chipped all over the cutting edge, from cutting strawberries to celery and mushrooms. the only nice thing is how well it sharpens.

    I work in a professional kitchen. When someone needs to learn about knives I usually have the answer. I am a knife nerd, the chef has praises me for my knife skills.


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    5  My go to knife, July 28, 2016
    Posted By: Tom - verified customer
    3 people found this review helpful

    Thin at the edge, I agree. Shaving sharpness is easily achieved although a micro bevel is necessary to prevent chipping ( thanks Mark). My handle was as the picture, not the video and handsomely compliments the blade. The Damascus improves the pinch grip the wider width appreciated and cutting performance excellent.

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    5  Dang!, January 25, 2016
    Posted By: Reid
    8 people found this review helpful

    STUPID sharp out of the box. Strop it up a bit and I swear I saw plasma arcs shooting of the edge as it cut! All my days spent in my restaurants I've never seen a blade hold an edge like this one.

    I won't re-hash what Jacob said in an earlier review as it was right on. I will just say that my specimen arrived in pristine condition. I was able to pinch the handle between my index finger and thumb and pull the blade, under it's own weight only, thru 3 stalks of celery like they were soggy egg noodles. It blasted through a head of cabbage faster than I could get out my processor. Oh, and it shaves grapes as well...if you ever feel the urge.

    Uber High performance, beautiful knife I will not regret purchasing. The only disappointment I can foresee is that I'll have to wait months until I get the pleasure of re-sharpening it!

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    4  Good Quality THIN Nakiri, December 26, 2014
    Posted By: Jacob
    10 people found this review helpful

    This nakiri knfe is very good as far as performance and fit and finish. The only problem is that the edge on the knife I got is slightly bent. The edge profile is almost all flat and has a slight curve near the choil area so that it doesn't get stuck in the board during use. This knife gets extremely thin very fast and goes from 3.1mm thick by the handle to 1.5mm about 5cm from the handle and 1.1mm at the tip. The edge is convex ground, but is super thin toward the edge for a nice performance style nakiri. The damascus clad finish is smooth, almost like a slick matte finish and looks great with the acid etched patterns brought out.

    The choil is smooth but not highly polished, and the spine has sharp corners, but that is easily fixed by some fine sandpaper. The handle is well done and is burned in with putty sealed tang area. Since the tang is much thicker, it should not be as easily susceptible to rusting through from long-term use.

    Final verdict: If you're looking for a high hardness semi-stainless steel performance nakiri, try this one.

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