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 Post subject: Nakiri vs Gyuto Smackdown. Round 1: Nakiri.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:59 am 

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So this evening was french onion soup night in my house. Needed to process about 6 lbs of onions sliced root to stem.

Decided to face off my $60 Tanaka nakiri vs my $300 Kikuichi Warikomi Damscus 210 Gyuto.

Both knives had recently been stropped with 1 micron on balsa and then horsebutt. The nakiri was freehand sharpened by an experieneced sharpener to 2K grit and I took the gyuto to 6K most recently on an Edge Pro Apex. (Apologies. Still learning to sharpen.)

Started with the nakiri on the onions. Only trying to push cut and was flying through. Getting nice thin slices with the occasional gaffe due to my knife skills.

After about a pound and a half went to the gyuto. It slowed me down and I wasn't getting much more accuracy. Went back to the nakiri. Finished and was more accurate and faster.

So in this one, very, extremely, limited test I'm giving the nod to my nakiri. Were I to move this to a dice or a mince --- I have every expectation the nod would go to the gyuto.

Anyway, thought I'd throw this out there to see what I could stir up. :mrgreen:



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 Post subject: Re: Nakiri vs Gyuto Smackdown. Round 1: Nakiri.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:17 am 

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Well, from what I've seen, people who love nakiris REALY love nakiris and will be vocal advocates of the style. Based on my very limited experience with one nakiri, I fall into the camp of those who don't love them and indeed had a very different impression than you did using a kiri from an identical maker side-by-side. That said, the characteristics that make a nakiri special to some are the same characteristics that make the pattern unappealing to others which results in a very subjective exercise of comparison



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 Post subject: Re: Nakiri vs Gyuto Smackdown. Round 1: Nakiri.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:39 am 

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in my limited testing a nakiri is a french onion machine. so smooth and efficient. actually great for most veg duties as long as its small amounts.


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 Post subject: Re: Nakiri vs Gyuto Smackdown. Round 1: Nakiri.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:01 am 

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I have a beautiful stainless Matfer mandoline that hasn't seen the light of day since I bought a nakiri.


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 Post subject: Re: Nakiri vs Gyuto Smackdown. Round 1: Nakiri.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:16 am 

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Stop the madness. What's next? The Oxo corer?



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 Post subject: Re: Nakiri vs Gyuto Smackdown. Round 1: Nakiri.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:20 am 
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This ones for Chip :D




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 Post subject: Re: Nakiri vs Gyuto Smackdown. Round 1: Nakiri.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:50 am 

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[quote="Jeff B"]This ones for Chip :D


Don't show that shit to my wife :)

But seriously though, imagine what the fucker could do with a nakiri ;)



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 Post subject: Re: Nakiri vs Gyuto Smackdown. Round 1: Nakiri.
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Nakiri (vegetable knife) is an awesome (vegetable) weapon; been saying that for years. Will anybody listen? Noooooo.....

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 Post subject: Re: Nakiri vs Gyuto Smackdown. Round 1: Nakiri.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:43 pm 

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If you like a bit lower gyutos for allround tasks, a taller nakiri can be nice for a change. Sort of like a mini cleaver. The tall blade makes it possible to give it a thinner grind, right?

Myself, I have a bunch of knives and I'm still trying to figure out my favorite profiles for the different knife types. But I'm not trying that hard. So far, I just enjoy the variation of it all. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Nakiri vs Gyuto Smackdown. Round 1: Nakiri.
PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:40 pm 

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Just ordered a Nakiri so looking forward to see how it performs.



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