Moritaka Hamono has been forging blades since the 13th century and the knowledge passed down through consecutive generations of smiths is applied to great effect in this new addition to their AS line of knives.
We received this knife recently from Akiko Moritaka and as soon as we saw it we knew we had to add it to the collection. As the name implies, this is a tall blade in any vernacular. Nakiris
are by definition taller than many knives but this one really pushes the envelope coming in at an impressive 76mm height at the heel. It resembles a cleaver
but it is anything but. This is a thin blade made for processing vegetables, especially harder ones where thicker blades would wedge or stick. As with most nakiri
blades, it is very flat at the edge.
The Moritaka AS series of knives are constructed with a core of Aogami Super
(AS) steel between layers of softer iron cladding. In a fairly unique twist, Moritaka welds a stainless tang to the hand forged blade to prevent corrosion inside the handle. The classic kurouchi finish on these blades also improves the corrosion resistance of the otherwise highly reactive cladding.
This is a fun and functional knife that will find favor with chefs who like the height and general dimensions of a cleaver but want a thinner and lighter tool to dispatch vegetables with ease and accuracy.
Maker: Moritaka Hamono
Location: Yatsushiro, Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Edge Steel: Aogami Super
Cladding: Soft Iron
Edge Grind: Even
Edge Length: 182mm
Handle: Magnolia Wood Octagonal
Ferrule: Buffalo Horn