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Usuba vs. Nakiri

Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:10 am

Usuba or Nakiri.... What is your preference and why?

Re: Usuba vs. Nakiri

Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:51 am

I wouldn't compare a nakiri to a usuba really. They're really very different knives from one another.

Re: Usuba vs. Nakiri

Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:56 pm

My understanding is that both are great for vegetable chopping... I own a nakiri, but am curious about the usuba.. I am completely comfortable sharpening a single bevel knife so I was wondering if it there are reasons why someone would purchase a usuba over a nakiri... why wouldn't one compare them? From a caveman like myself they look very similar except for the edge profile..

Re: Usuba vs. Nakiri

Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:18 pm

The profile is about all that is similar when comparing an usuba and a nakiri. The double beveled nakiri is much more suited to Western style vegetable prep, where the product is diced, julienned or sliced. The usuba, on the other hand, is designed for katsuramuki (rotary peeling), ken (needle) cuts, sasagaki (whittling) and chasen-giri (tea whisk) and other decorative cuts. Yes, you can force an usuba to dice, but it is the equivalent of using a screwdriver as a chisel.

If you want a good explanation of the use of the three traditional Japanese knives (deba, usuba and yanagiba) pick up a copy of Japanese Kitchen Knives:

http://www.amazon.com/Japanese-Kitchen- ... 568364903/

Re: Usuba vs. Nakiri

Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:41 pm

Rick, thank you so much for helping me with this... I love this forum because I learn so much... Seriously... thanks for taking the time to post.

Re: Usuba vs. Nakiri

Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:50 am


I just ordered the book.

Thanks for mentioning it.


Re: Usuba vs. Nakiri

Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:39 pm

I don't think Japanese chef's always treat their Usuba's like gentle flowers.
They put them to work.

Yes, i've seen the 'peeling' and the 'fine cuts', but let's face it...it's a knife. A single beveled knife.
Chops just as good as, or better than the Nakiri. It's heavier...it's nicer, it has a finer edge. I'm sure Japanese chefs dice and chop vegetables too with a Usuba. :roll:



Re: Usuba vs. Nakiri

Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:56 pm

Great video!!! That was hilarious..

Re: Usuba vs. Nakiri

Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:35 pm

I thought so too...
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