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Help me choose a Nakiri

Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:43 pm

Hey everyone, I am fairly new at this stuff but I am catching on fast!

I have been using japanese knifes for some time, but just now deciding to find out exactly what I am using and how it all works.

I typically use a five piece arsenal while cooking (Bread, Chef, Utility/Petty, Paring, and Nakiri).

I need help with that last piece to complete my new setup. I would like to stay stainless for now, I know that rules out a lot, but I find the VG-10 knives to perform really well (open to other steels for sure, just not carbon). I have two black pekkawood handles, a walnut handle, and a tradition light colored ho-wood handle, so I'd like my last knife to not be black (pekka or not) in color, I like some aesthetic variety. Of course I want to get the best combination of overall knife quality, and my budget is $150, but less would be great.

Appreciate any help and advise that any of you all can give! Thanks!

Re: Help me choose a Nakiri

Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:22 pm

Based on reviews I have read of other Konosuke knives, I would go with one of these two:

They are out of stock now, but it's a semi stainless steel. You get the nice edge of carbon with not having to worry about it as much as a full carbon blade.

Same as above, but full stainless. Out of stock as well; the Konosuke's seem to be pretty popular lately!

Some others:

I really like Nakiri's. I use them a lot on veggies. I have a Fujiwara Terayasu nakiri that has stainless steel side panels and white #1 steel in the middle. The white steel is carbon and will patina, but is easy to maintain. I prefer carbon blades for the edges they take, but a good stainless is OK, especially if you don't want to have to worry about it.

Re: Help me choose a Nakiri

Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:36 pm

Thanks for the advise, I like the looks of the takayuki, but the konosuke looks to be a fine blade as well.

Anyone else have any advise?

Re: Help me choose a Nakiri

Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:42 pm

Hi Blake,

The Takayuki hammered damascus is one of Sue's (my wife and co-owner) favorite knives on the site. It's a lot of knife for the money.


Re: Help me choose a Nakiri

Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:49 pm

Seems like the Takayuki is the winner, before I pull the trigger on it, does anyone else have any other Nakiri's to throw into the mix?

Re: Help me choose a Nakiri

Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:38 am

*edit* just saw your budget :!:

Re: Help me choose a Nakiri

Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:38 pm

damascus knives always get me

Re: Help me choose a Nakiri

Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:30 am

Nope, Takayuki it is.

I would have said Dojo, but alas, Carbon Steel.

Re: Help me choose a Nakiri

Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:39 pm


Went with the Takayuki. Came sharp and ready to go. Seems to be holding the edge well, using it mainly on veggies like green onion, carrots, and cucumbers (a fruit, I know), and on some herbs like dill and parsley.

My only complaint would be a quality control issue, the ferrule is made of steel and is a good bit uneven, I'd say that one side is about 5mm closer to the blade than the other.

Like the knife and would recommend it to others looking for a Nakiri around $100.

Re: Help me choose a Nakiri

Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:06 pm

About the Konosuke HH Nakiri:

I was wondering if it will be available in ebony wood or maybe ho wood with black ferrule? The ferrule on the picture looks okay but must say I kinda like the other alternatives a bit more. Was thinking about getting a carbon nakiri, but I think I need a stainless knife for a certain someone in the house to use. And since this certain someone only cooks vegetarian food a nakiri would be the way to go.
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