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Nakiri or light weight cleaver?

Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:16 pm

I have some arthritis creeping into my cutting hand. I have a cleaver that is causing too much discomfort to use. It weighs about 14.7 ounces. I just don'have the strength for that. Fortunately I am just cooking at home for the two of us.

I need get something lighter and more nimble. I was looking at the Tojiro Shirogami Nakiri. Does anyone know the weight of this Nakiri? Or would you have a suggestion for a lightweight cleaver? About $75 or so would be my budget.

Re: Nakiri or light weight cleaver?

Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:11 am

finally someone shares my preference. I have used both tojiro zen wa-nakiri and a cheap small cleaver/large nakiri. I like the tojiro, kind of cute size and very nimble. but my wife and I love our small cleaver size (170mm*60mm*1.5mm). it's just as nimble but a lot more versatile. problem is, it's very hard to find a cleaver that size. so far I have seen Ken Schwarz using a sugimoto shiroko one (But I can't find it on sugi's website) and I recently bought one on ebay (vg10 core, hand made in taiwan). other than these the standard home cleaver size is 170*77*2, a little taller than I like. mizuno and sugi both have them in mo-v steel. the CCK small cleaver is really small pro size, not a home size.

Re: Nakiri or light weight cleaver?

Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:33 am

A thin nakiri would be good. The gentlest cutting style on your wrists is to use a light, thin knife and push cut everything patiently. The Tojiro is thin, the Dojo might be one to look at, too, in that price range. The Dojo has a core of a very popular carbon steel.

Make sure it's properly sharp--that will do a lot to take the load off your wrists.

Re: Nakiri or light weight cleaver?

Mon Sep 03, 2012 12:06 pm

The Tanaka Kurouchi Nakiri is a bit thinner and lighter than the Tojiro Shirogami.

Re: Nakiri or light weight cleaver?

Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:32 pm

the tanaka kurouchi nakiri might well be the thinnest knife ever. super high performance

Re: Nakiri or light weight cleaver?

Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:09 pm

Thanks to all for your recommendations! After pondering, I ordered and received from Mike a CCK 1303 cleaver weighing in at 9.8 oz. I did my first meal and went after carrots and potatoes. Great success! What's left of my hand wrist mobility was able to wield the CCK. Of course, I ran it through my Spyderco sharpening set first. The edge it came with needed help. Then on to the veggies. Effortless! Cleavers rule! (that's if you have the right one). Thanks once again to all of you and thanks to Mike for a fine product and fast shipping.

Re: Nakiri or light weight cleaver?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 12:03 am

You're very welcome. :)
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