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 Haruyuki Mugi -These knives are the perfect gateway into Japanese knives and make a perfect gift. They look great, have a familiar feel because of the western style handle and the performance of the steel will blow you away. The hammered surface will break up surface tension allowing the knife to glide easily through the food as you slice and dice.
These are forged out of AUS-8, a stainless steel that is harder than your average kitchen knife but not quite as hard some of the carbon and high-tech steels of Japan. In normal speak, it will keep an incredible edge for a long time but is more durable than most Japanese knives. The handle is made from Pakka wood, a durable material made of wood that has been treated with resin.