Hammer Finished Vegetable Knife - Nakiri, Traditional - 6 1/2 in. (165mm)
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|Excellent precision tool. |
Andrew California 2/21/2013
I don't know if my fellow reviewer and I got different knives or what, but my Yoshikane nakiri is a well-balanced precision tool. The blade thickness is .18" at the bolster, but it thins out dramatically from there -- for the most part, it's really no thicker than my western-style chef's knife, and it performs well at tasks like horizontal (parallel to the cutting board) cuts through onions that would be impossible with a thick knife. It's a beautiful, smooth blade, stainless except at the edge, and a real pleasure to work with.
|Rugged, no nonsense nakiri |
Wilkey Delaware, USA 12/5/2009
Fast shipping, nice packing. Well done. Now on to the knife. This nakiri is the linebacker of the species. A thick spine and non-existent tapering until about 2/3" from the edge means this knife is solid, heavy, and firmly balance-biased toward the tip. Only the moderate distal tapering keeps it from feeling too nose-heavy.
Handle and ferrule are of good quality and the fit and finish are appropriate to this price range. The hammered finish is pleasing to the eye and helps food to slip off the blade. A suitable stand in for kullens cuts.
Once put through my basic stone set (1200 then 5000 + strop), this nakiri was ready for action. In use, this knife handled more like a short, narrow cleaver than a nakiri. The weight and balance are not ideal for cutting thin leafy greens but was an asset for tougher fare. I cut up and diced hard Korean sweet potatoes and butternut squash with no problems at all. The thick, untapered blade did wedge quite a bit, but a push on the spine made short work of these hard veggies. Push cutting and slicing was very nice and the SKD steel retained edge sharpness very well.
All in all, the Yoshikane is a fine knife, suitable for the more demanding cutting and chopping tasks in the kitchen. It's not a laser cutter and doesn't float like a butterfly, but if you need to teach some rugged food who's boss, this is your knife. I'm pleased with the acquisition and the capabilities this knife brings to my block.
|Love this knife! |
Per-Ola Sweden 7/25/2008
This knife is not only extremely sharp (and stays that way for a long time) but it is also a beauty.
The blade's “Hammer-finished” pattern is really special. It is both beautiful and functional.
The knife is very well balanced (size, blade thickness and weight) and does a fantastic job in the kitchen. I highly recommend it!
As with everything I bought from epicedge.com, it was delivered well-packed and very fast (4 days to my home in Sweden). Their service is excellent and in a class of its own.