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Daovua Leaf Spring Nakiri 165mm
Daovua Leaf Spring Nakiri 165mm Daovua Leaf Spring Nakiri 165mmDaovua Leaf Spring Nakiri 165mmDaovua Leaf Spring Nakiri 165mm
Daovua Leaf Spring Nakiri 165mm Daovua Leaf Spring Nakiri 165mmDaovua Leaf Spring Nakiri 165mmDaovua Leaf Spring Nakiri 165mm

Daovua Leaf Spring Nakiri 165mm

Item #: Daovua-Nakiri

Average Customer Rating:
(4.5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews)

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We recently came across a young blacksmith who works with his family in Vietnam making knife and tool blades out of old car parts. This barefoot smith uses old car and truck leaf springs as his source material. This is not as crazy as it sounds as many top flight blacksmiths dip into this deep well to make their highly prized blades. Unlike these guys, the Nhat family makes more down to earth creations that are more function than form.

The first knife we had him make for us was a nakiri. We sold out of the first shipment immediately, but they are now back in stock. It is important to remember that these knives are very basic in terms of fit and finish. They are certainly not beauty queens. But what they are is supremely capable cutters with an edge geometry that is surprisingly good. The heat treatment, likewise, is a very respectable quality. Out of the box or with a quick trip to your stones, this knife will cut!

It has a fairly curved belly for a nakiri, which usually are quite flat. The blade is average in length at about 175mm and is quite tall at 60mm. The kurouchi finish is quite flat and adds to the rustic nature of this fun and very functional knife.

  • Edge Length: 175 mm
  • Blade Height: 60 mm
  • Blade Thickness at Spine: 2.8 mm
  • Weight: 4.9 oz
  • Handle: Octagonal (They vary from knife to knife)

  • Customer Reviews

    Product Reviews

    5  DaoVua Nakiri, July 14, 2020
    Posted By: Benjamin Nola - verified customer

    Great knife for the price. Been using it in professional kitchens for over a week now and it's help up great. Takes an edge easily as well. As mentioned, the edge retention isn't great, but that is stated by CKTG. Overall for the price, it's an excellent value.

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    5  great for the money, but a little funky. , February 13, 2020
    Posted By: Juan M. - verified customer

    This knife is a great deal. Itís cheap and itís good. The only caveat is that the factory edge needs a refinish and the blade has a ever so slight wave in it. The steel is one of the more reactive Iíve worked with too.

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    5  Leaf spring Nakiri , May 10, 2019
    Posted By: Sawyer - verified customer

    The CKTG sharpening service on this was incredible! Itís razor sharp and Iíve been using it constantly..love it! The Nakiri looks great, rustic and kinda crude but the handle is really really nice, both in hand and to the eye.

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    5  Great Nakiri , April 24, 2019
    Posted By: Nick Mueller - verified customer

    I love this knife - very pleased in general, however mine is noticeably lighter than my Co-worker who ordered his a few months before mine- perhaps it is becausea different

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    5  Great Nakiri , April 24, 2019
    Posted By: Nick Mueller - verified customer
    1 people found this review helpful

    I love this knife - very pleased in general, however mine is noticeably lighter than my Co-worker who ordered his a few months before mine- perhaps it is because it is from a different batch of leaf spring base material - I was a little disappointed but have gotten used to the feel and it is a very useful knife.

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    4  Another top performer!, March 4, 2019
    Posted By: Kevin N

    After putting the knife through its paces for 3 months of hard use I am happy to share my thoughts on this wonderful knife. Upon first arrival, the knife was very rough from the choil and along the spine and top width of the blade. After a good sanding the knife was very comfortable and smooth to handle. The performance of the steel is a wonder! Arrived in good working condition, but a slight touch up on the 1000 stone made it scary sharp after a few strops. From veggie work to thin slicing beef is amazing. Really easy to work with, I would recommend any professional chef to give it a try. Well worth every penny!

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    5  Exceeded expectations , September 22, 2018
    Posted By: Steve - verified customer

    Handle is a bit rough, but the hammered feel on the blade, along with the deep blue hues, give this knife plenty of character. Performance exceeded my expectations as the edge was well finished by CKTG.

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    5  Exceeded expectations , September 22, 2018
    Posted By: Steve - verified customer

    Handle is a bit rough, but the hammered feel on the blade, along with the deep blue hues, give this knife plenty of character. Performance exceeded my expectations as the edge was well finished by CKTG.

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    4  Vietnamese leaf spring knife, June 21, 2018
    Posted By: Ben Hulsey
    2 people found this review helpful

    I was really excited for this knife especially with the back story of the maker. The video really got me going as well. I missed the original offering and was thrilled when it came back in stock. It's rustic but takes a really keen edge. I ran it through a quick clean up and it was frightening at 1k.

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    4  Beefy Handle and sharp good value!, June 3, 2018
    Posted By: Bob Z
    1 people found this review helpful

    Very rustic finish but has character. Mine came sharp and is easy to keep sharp. The steel isn't very reactive compared to some other knives at this price.
    Measurements on mine are:
    Blade Length: 170mm
    Blade Height: 55-60mm
    Weight: 147g / 5 1/8 oz


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    4  An interesting knife, May 8, 2018
    Posted By: Ben S
    1 people found this review helpful

    This knife is quite rustic, which is what I like about it. It's rather comfortable to use, and I like how much if a curve the edge has. Out of box it was relatively sharp, but it sharpened up nice. All in all it was definitely worth the money.

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    4  Great Value and scary sharp, May 7, 2018
    Posted By: Jacko
    2 people found this review helpful

    This knife is rustic and lightweight and comes razor sharp. The out of the box edge while razor sharp was a course grind which I quickly refined with my Shapton water stones. The value for this unique knife is excellent and for the price is a 5* rating. Overall I rated this as a Good Purchase.

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