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Matsubara Blue #2 Nashiji Kiri Cleaver 190mm
Matsubara Blue #2 Nashiji Kiri Cleaver 190mm Matsubara Blue #2 Nashiji Kiri Cleaver 190mmMatsubara Blue #2 Nashiji Kiri Cleaver 190mmMatsubara Blue #2 Nashiji Kiri Cleaver 190mm
Matsubara Blue #2 Nashiji Kiri Cleaver 190mm Matsubara Blue #2 Nashiji Kiri Cleaver 190mmMatsubara Blue #2 Nashiji Kiri Cleaver 190mmMatsubara Blue #2 Nashiji Kiri Cleaver 190mm

Matsubara Blue #2 Nashiji Kiri Cleaver 190mm

Item #: MA2-C18W

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Matsubara Blue #2 Nashiji Kiri Cleaver 190mm. This excellent knife is constructed from Aogami 2 (Blue #2) high carbon steel. This is one of the most popular steels in the world of kitchen knives. The alloy is known for its outstanding edge life and overall toughness. Blue steels are a bit harder to sharpen than whites, which do cut better as they dull down. But the edge on blue steel is one of the longest lasting of the paper steels. This core steel is laminated in the san-mai style with a softer stainless steel which is given a lovely nashiji (pear skin) finish. This adds strength, reduces mass, and makes daily maintenance a breeze.

Looking like the offspring from an encounter between a cleaver and bunka unique knife is a wonderful tool for almost every cutting and chopping duty in the kitchen. It is thin like a bunka but it is tall like a cleaver and great for tall ingredients, big hands, or a simple desire for a taller blade are addressed with this versatile shape. The knife is finished off with a nice hybrid handle that is rounded on the top and the bottom like an oval handle and straight on the sides like an octagonal.

We are always on the lookout for unusual knives of all types and the Matsubara Blue #2 Nashiji Kiri Cleaver certainly ticks all the unique boxes in our opinion. This was created as a result of our customer comments, so we hope it hits a chord with you.

  • Brand: Matsubara
  • Blacksmith: Mr. Tanaka
  • Location: Nagasaki
  • Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
  • Cladding: Nashiji Stainless
  • Edge Steel: Blue #2
  • Edge Grind: Even
  • Weight: 7.6 ounces / 216g
  • Blade Length: 190mm
  • Spine Thickness at Base: 3.5mm
  • Blade Height: 79mm
  • Handle: Rosewood Hybrid Handle (It's rounded on the top and the bottom like an oval handle and it's straight on the sides like an octagonal)

  • Customer Reviews

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    5  Everything that I hoped for and then some, May 20, 2020
    Posted By: Gregory St Peter

    There are so many good things to say about this knife, I don't know where to start. The performance in one word is nimble. Due to having larger hands I love the height on the blade itself, and with tip on the blade it is much easier to get into more detailed knife cuts. Having a knife that I can bulk chop onions or easily get a proper 1/16" fine brunoise is amazing. The OTB edge was nice, it's obvious though that with a little love on a stone that it will be razor sharpe. The fit and finish is gorgeous and really well made.
    My major critique is that for the size of the blade the handle feels a touch small, not to the point of feeling unbalanced, but maybe not what I was expecting. With that being said, there isn't much else that I could say negatively about this knife.
    Overall, after getting to know this knife a bit I look forward to many years of use, I have been a fan of nakiris and cleavers for years and I am glad to have found what seems like the perfect marriage of the two styles of knives.


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    5  The One, April 1, 2020
    Posted By: Knifeneophyte - verified customer

    Matsubara knives are remarkable. First, the wavy face Nakiri and now this tall gorgeous beauty. The Nashiji and overall fit and finish are beyond reproach. Cutting large vegetables is a joy, the blade glides through anything without effort. Sufficient size, weight and rigidity meld with looks and metallic flash. Rugged yet super elegant. Everything comes together for the sake of grace. Bleeding edge perfection. This kiri-cleaver is sensational!!!

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