The modern kin of my very first Japanese handmade knife, the Yoshikane Tsuchime, the Masashi VS1 nakiri is the unsung hero of the bunch. Semi-stainless VS1 steel, which has a higher carbon content than full stainless steel, in the core, wrapped in sexy tsuchime (hammered) finish stainless steel, this line is produced by one of our all time favorite blacksmiths, Masashi Yamamoto. A lone wolf in the blacksmith world, Masashi-san does it all: forging, sharpening, handles, you name it, he did it. By himself. Unparalleled quality control if you ask me.
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.