Switch to full style
We encourage you to post your questions about kitchen knives here. We can give you help choosing a knife.
Post a reply

I want a Nakiri. Which one?

Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:36 pm

Mark,
I'm looking to purchase my first Japanese knife, and I love the style and
look of the Nakiri. The knife will be used for home cooking only, and will
be stored on a magnetic rail fastened to my backsplash. I have read up on
Japanese steels and have decided that a white #1 or #2 should be just fine.
I'm currently stuck between two knives on your website. TheTojiro Shirogami
Nakiri 165mm (F-699), and the Yamashin White #1 Nakiri 165mm (YS-NA165W).
Which one would you recommend for overall looks, performance and quality?
Thank you for your time.

Andy

Re: I want a Nakiri. Which one?

Wed Jul 03, 2013 6:39 pm

I have both. The Tanaka KU outperforms both easily and the Tanaka Sekiso is even nicer, as is the Richmond AS Laser. The Yamashin is a bit chunky in the main grind and sort of lefty bias in the grind. The Tojiro is a little thinner, but still somewhat beefy overall.

Another topic:
inexpensive-nakiri-t2391.html

Re: I want a Nakiri. Which one?

Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:52 pm

Andy - if you intend on using this nakiri for the years ahead as a long-time resident in your magnetic rail or knife block, think long and hard about moving up a few notches in performance over the low end nakiri's that you are considering. The Tanaka Sekiso Damascus nikiri is a great knife with better blade geometry and performance. Just ask Tim :-). A bit larger investment up front will pay dividends every time you use this knife.

Just something to ponder before purchasing...

Steve

Re: I want a Nakiri. Which one?

Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:37 pm

Of the two, the Tojiro is better, but as others have said stepping up a few bucks would gain you a lot.

Here's another I'd recommend

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/mu16na.html


Muratas knives are fantastic, and although I've not seen this particular knife, it's sure to be better made.

Re: I want a Nakiri. Which one?

Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:52 am

Good info Adam! I haven't gotten a Murata yet (eyeing the Funayuki though!). We need to get Mark to start posting Choil Shots of some of these knives :)

Yeah, the Sekiso Damascus is very thin behind the edge and performs very well. I have a video of it in the video section, along with an Artifex Nakiri and the Richmond AS Laser Nakiri. I prefer a taller Nakiri with the rounded tip personally, so that is what I usually look for now. The Artifex feels a bit short heightwise for me and the Sekiso is just tall enough.

I am been hooked on Nakiri's for a while and starting to feel the same way about the Funayuki's now, too :)

Re: I want a Nakiri. Which one?

Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:39 am

taz575 wrote:Good info Adam! I haven't gotten a Murata yet (eyeing the Funayuki though!). We need to get Mark to start posting Choil Shots of some of these knives :)


No kidding!

I ordered one immediately on reading Mark's comments since I figured all of you funayuki collectors would snatch them up before I could even think about it!

Re: I want a Nakiri. Which one?

Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:09 am

You are safe for now, I just bought a Richmond 270 HD Ultimatum so I am tapped out for a while :)

Re: I want a Nakiri. Which one?

Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:43 pm

For not much more the Tojiro Damascus DP Nakiri 165mm is great. My wife preferred it to the Watanbe blue #2, which is twice the price. It's her go-to knife.

Re: I want a Nakiri. Which one?

Sat Jul 06, 2013 12:58 am

I've had a couple Nakiri's for last 2 years. When i get another one, it'll be Aogami/Stainless clad...50+ mm in height.

Probably 180mm in length.
Post a reply