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
Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
Edge Steel: Blue #2
Blade Length: 180 mm
Total Length: 339 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 3.6 mm
Blade Height at Base: 71.7 mm
5Masanobu Okada Blue #2 Tall Nakiri, May 30, 2020
Posted By: Dan Coffey - verified customer
This is the heavier type of knife you need for cutting up Buttercup Squash. It will make fast work of it.
What a difference using this for chopping veggies over using a Gyuto or Santoku. The weight of the blade is comfortable in the hand and a huge help in push cutting through fibrous materials without being tiring to operate. All corners are well rounded and there are no hotspots when using in a pinch grip. The black finish is matte and slightly textured to touch, but doesn't inhibit the knife's cutting ability, or cause it to bind when cutting through thick stock. Develops slight surface rust near the edge after multiple uses, but a quick wipe down with Bar Keepers Friend takes it back to looking new. Out of the box edge was serviceable, but a quick pass on high grit stones and strop makes it into a laser.
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