The primary task associated with nakiris is to chop vegetables (nakiri
means greens in Japanese). However they are also a good choice for many other cutting tasks around the kitchen. They differ from the Japanese deba
in their shape, as they have a straight blade edge suitable for cutting all the way to the cutting board without the need for a horizontal pull or push. They are also much thinner than the deba, with a taller blade height.
This is a really nice example of a nakiri. It has been made from a sandwich of VG-10 core stainless steel with an outer cladding of a 17-layer damascus stainless alloy. The outer cladding is given a tsuchime (hammered) finish which adds to the great looks and also helps to promote better food release.
The Takayuki Damascus Hammered VG-10 Nakiri
is not very tall, coming in at just 47mm at the heel. The edge profile, like all nakiri, is very flat. Out of the box edge is pretty good but a trip to your sharpening rig will pay huge dividends, especially as the Takayuki smiths have treated the blade to a special tempering operation which results in a much easier sharpening routine.
A nice dyed pakka wood handle is attached to a partial tang and stainless bolster with three stainless rivets. This is really great looking and performing nakiri at a most attractive price.
Weight: 6.6 ounces
Blade Length: 170 mm (6.75")
Overall Length: 300 mm (11.75")
Thickness at Heel: 1.9 mm
Blade Height: 47.0 mm