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Nakiri Vegetable Knife | 16cm | HSS/stainless steel

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Ikenami Hamono HSS/stainless steel nakiri specifications 

Nakiri vegetable knife.
Traditional Japanese sharpness with the convenience of stainless steel. Sandalwood handle.
Hand-forged on Tanegashima Island.

Nakiri's 'na' refers to vegetables (in Chinese the same character is read as 'choy' as in buk choy), and its thinness and height are perfectly suited to slicing, dicing and chopping. 

They're a very versatile easy-handling knife, great for halving large vegetables like cabbages, celery and watermelons, chopping leafy vegetables like cabbage, spinach and silver beet, or peeling and slicing or dicing carrots, radishes, potatoes and other hard vegetables. The width of the blade makes it very easy to transfer chopped vegies into the pot or pan and the straight edge works beautifully on the chopping board. 

Traditional nakiris have high-carbon steel blades and so require vigilance to avoid rust. If you find a fully stainless steel nakiri we'd advise caution - full stainless has its advantages but a stainless steel edge will never match the dream-like cutting ability of a traditionally forged Japanese blade. But what if you could combine the two, and produce a rust-resistant blade that cut incredibly cleanly? That's what this nakiri is all about.

In a first for any knifemaker on Tanegashima, Ikenami Hamono offers a non-forged tool steel heat-treated to high hardness and clad in easy-care stainless. In short, a low-maintenance blade with the cutting feel of 'hagane' steel. It boasts excellent corrosion resistance, superior edge retention and jaw-dropping sharpness.

Please bear in mind that high speed steel is a very hard steel and will be slow to sharpen. Edge retention is exceptional. Select your chopping board with care to maximise the life of your edge and you'll be amazed how infrequently this knife wants proper sharpening. Perhaps once a year in a family setting, and that's with daily use. 


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  1. Ridiculously sharp and durable. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Sep 2017

    Hold it upside down and drop a piece of paper on it. You'll get two pieces of paper. Gently drop it onto a carrot, and it'll go through just from its own weight, it's that sharp and thin. Turn a tomato into uniform paper-thin slices, no serrations needed.

    After sixteen months of daily veggie chopping, it finally started to take some effort to use. Ten minutes with a Lansky diamond hone restored it to brand new.

    Never a spot of rust. Still brings a smile to my face every evening. An absolute joy to use.

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