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Okada Blue #2 Tall Nakiri
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Okada Blue #2 Tall NakiriOkada Blue #2 Tall NakiriOkada Blue #2 Tall NakiriOkada Blue #2 Tall Nakiri

Okada Blue #2 Tall Nakiri

Item #: OKD-180NA-A

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Our Price: $280.00
Masanobu Okada was born in 1949 and is the 3rd generation of Okada Uchihamono. His original efforts as a blacksmith were aimed at making gardening tools such as sickles, hedge shears, and the like. However, in recent years, he has started to produce unique kitchen knives including his great looking Takobiki and this interesting tall nakiri. He works in his small shop located in one of the epicenters of Japanese knives, the Takefu Village Cooperative factory in Echizen. Okada-san carries the title of Dentoukougeishi (Traditional Craftsman) which is the Accreditation Examination conducted by the Traditional Crafts Industry Promotion Association Foundation.

The recent interest in Chinese cleavers and nakiris has spawned a breed of cross pollinated blades called tall nakiris. These hybrid designs feature the general profile and thin grinds of a nakiri but with the tall blade height associated with the cleaver. These are multi-tasking blades that will especially appeal to users with big hands, or a simple desire for a taller blade. It also makes food scooping a breeze. So while it resembles a cleaver, it is more of a nakiri in terms of grinds and profile. Also, like normal nakiri blades it is very flat along the edge.

The knife is fashioned from Blue #2 carbon steel that has been hammer forged with a stainless steel cladding in the san-mai style. The spine is quite robust with a nice convex grind down to the very thin edge. It has a rustic kurouchi finish which works well with a blade of this style.

  • Blacksmith: Masanobu Okada
  • Location: Echizen
  • Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
  • Cladding: Stainless
  • Edge Steel: Blue #2
  • Weight: 8.0 oz (228 g)
  • Blade Length: 180 mm
  • Total Length: 334 mm
  • Spine Thickness at Base: 4.2 mm
  • Blade Height at Base: 74.3 mm

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      Very nice, October 24, 2022
    Posted By: Larry Johnson
    1 people found this review helpful

    It is right between a nakiri and a Chinese cleaver. Not terribly heavy like my Chopper King, but over 20mm taller than my Masutani tall nakiri. But it is certainly a nakiri; thin and very flat. I cut carrots, cabbage, and onions over the weekend. The carrots were incredibly thin and with a proper push cut the blade glided through them effortlessly. And it is really nice to cut onions that are thin without the whole blade turning blue. It is worth the extra money to have stainless cladding when cutting vegetables given their water content.
    While the notch at the base is certainly different, it does provide a point to kinda hook your finger to, which gives me incredible control when I modify my pinch grip for a bigger blade.
    I didn't need to sharpen it. I stropped it on denim before I put it away.
    Another great purchase.

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