The Tsubaki Kori Blue #2 Tall Nakiri
is made by the young blacksmith, Mr. Miyazaki. He works on a small island off the southern coast of Japan close to Nagasaki, where he hammer forges a very small line of specialized blades using Blue #2 carbon steel. He does the entire process himself.
These knives are made from the high quality, high-carbon steel called Aogami Blue #2. In order to retain their edge and add strength to the blade, they are constructed with a layer of softer iron on the outside of the core. He hardens the blade using pine charcoal to a temperature of about 800 degrees centigrade. He then water quenches it to make the blade much tougher.
The cladding is given a really great looking satin finish that is reminiscent of ice. Kori means ice in Japanese which is a perfect description of the frosty look of the sand blasted finish.
Small cleavers like these (tall nakiris) are designed to chop vegetables. They feature very thin blades that are rectangular in shape and a bit taller than a similarly sized gyuto
. This nakiri
comes in at an impressive 70mm height at the heel. So while it resembles a cleaver
, it is more of a nakiri in terms of grinds, profile, and weight.
Weight: 10.9 ounces / 310g
Blade Length: 190 mm
Total Length: 333 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 3 mm
Blade Height: 70 mm
Handle: Custom Stabilized Octagonal