When buying a knife as a gift you want it to be the coolest present ever. When the recipient opens the box you want them to squeal with delight. The last thing you want is for them to say "Oh, a knife. That's nice thank you." You want them to shout "Holy Bananas! that is the coolest thing I've ever seen!" as they do a victory lap around the room with the knife help high above their head. In a safe manner of course.
This is how to get the right response:
1. You need a knife that has the look. There are tons of average looking knives in the world, but ignore those. For gifts you need something sexy. One that is always a winner, with a beautiful look is the Konosuke Sakura Western Handle Nakiri. (pictured above)
A knife can also be gasp-worthy because of a great shape, like this Kotetsu Bunka.
2. You always want to give a gift thats easy to care for. No bunnies or puppies. I say look for a stainless steel knife because they will not rust. All of the examples in this post fit the bill, but also one of our most popular stainless steel knives is the Haruyuki Kasumi Uchi.
3. Get something they can use every day. If it is their first Japanese knife I'd recommend a multi-purpose knife like a 210mm gyuto. Here are some of our favourites. If it is not their first, a supporting knife like a petty or nakiri is a great option. The Masashi Damascus Nakiri, and the Kurosaki Sasame Petty 120mm are great examples.
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