About the Shape: A Nakiri is a vegetable knife. Under utilized in the Western kitchen, the Nakiri’s flat blade is meant for the push/pull chopping of vegetables. Since the entire flat edge of the knife kisses the cutting board at once, you wont be turning the vegetable into an accordion. Accordion vegetables are still connected like a paper doll after you're “done” cutting them. To truly understand the awesomeness of a Nakiri we recommend making onion soup your first night with the knife. The ease of chopping will blow you away.
About Mazaki San: Mazaki-san is relatively young blacksmith from Sanjo. He was originally from island of Hokkaido. When he was travelling all over Japan on his bike, he stopped in Sanjo and fascinated by their knife making/blacksmithing industry in the area. He decided that he wanted to become a blacksmith, so he went to work for Yoshikane. He spent about 5 years apprenticing at Yoshikane, but decided he would like to pursue into more traditional way of making knives. He forge-weld all of his carbon steel knives in house and finish his bevel with various different whetstones by hand. He tries to be true to the trade.