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Looking for a Nakiri.

Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:39 pm

Never owned a Nakiri. I am looking at quite a few, but have narrowed it down to about five, lol. Anyone have any experience with any of these? Would appreciate any info on ease of sharpening, edge retention, and overall quality. Any other suggestions?

S.Takayuki Damascus Hammered Nakiri 160mm

Tanaka Damascus Nakiri 165mm

Tetsuhiro 160mm Nakiri

Tanaka Kurouchi Nakiri 165mm

Moritaka Aogami #2 Nakiri 165mm

Thanks in advance.
Gary II

Re: Looking for a Nakiri.

Thu Mar 14, 2013 8:14 pm

Personally I'd go for either a Tanaka or a Moritaka. The Tetsuhiro is nice for the price, like a Tojiro but thinner. The Tanaka Damascus offers you a lot of bang for the buck and good looks to match. :)

Re: Looking for a Nakiri.

Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:13 pm

I have a Fujiwara Terayasu Nashiji 165mm from several years ago, a Tojiro Shirogami Nakiri and the Tanaka Kurouchi Nakiri. My Fave so far is the Tanaka KU, but I just ordered a Tanaka Sekiso Blue Damascus Nakiri. The Tanaka is crazy thin (sticks into the cutting board, too!) and just performs incredibly well. I will let you know when I get the Sekiso Damascus Tanaka and compare it to the Tanaka KU.

Re: Looking for a Nakiri.

Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:21 pm

Nakiri is 'the knife for vegetable prep. I've come to like ~ 50mm height at the base.

Personally not crazy about Damascus and/or plain handles.

That leaves the Moritaka. 8-)

Re: Looking for a Nakiri.

Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:42 pm

Thanks for the help guys. It's great to have experienced help :). Taz, please let me know. I am very interested!

Re: Looking for a Nakiri.

Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:03 pm

I have the Damascus Sekiso Gyuto and I find that the Damascus cladding is very well done. It is a carbon cladding, so it patinas just like the edge and doesn't have a sharp contrast in the look of the knife; it looks like it's all Damascus. It has the layers exposed and you can barely feel the ridges between the different steels, but food doesn't stick at all to the surface. It has a very subtle damascus look to it. The handle is well done with buffalo horn for the ferrule and feels very comfy in the hand.

I would go with the Damascus Sekiso Blue #2 Nakiri based on the other Tanaka knives I have seen.

Re: Looking for a Nakiri.

Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:32 am

Going to order soon. Thanks again. Makes it a lot easier when you can get some experienced perspectives.

Re: Looking for a Nakiri.

Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:17 pm

Got the Tanaka Sekiso Damascus Nakiri today, awesome blade!!! Nice handle, too.

Re: Looking for a Nakiri.

Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:32 pm

Awesome! I love when I get to open a new knife. Can't wait to hear your opinion and experience after you get to use it for a while.


Re: Looking for a Nakiri.

Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:12 am

I am a fan of the Tanaka, if I had to choose from your list. I like the color of the blade and how easy it is to take on a crazy edge. If you want to try out a great alternative. Try out the the Tojiro DP... It is a great Nakiri to try out because it is really inexpensive but is such a great knife to get a good feel of what a Nakiri is like. It also keeps and crazy sharp edge. It is the best value in my bag.
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