Kisuke Shirogami 2 Honwarikomi Kurouchi Tsuchime Nakiri 165mm

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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 Manaka Hamono - Shunsuke Manaka is a relatively young blacksmith in Kasukabe, Saitama pref. He is 3rd generation knife maker in the area. His father-in-law became almost a wholesaler instead of blacksmithing. He didn’t like the way his father-in-law operates his business, so he decided to be a blacksmith. He didn’t have anyone who could teach him but fortunately he had a buncu of equipment that he inherited (spring hammer, sharpening wheel etc.). He began making knives about 10 years ago. With many years of struggle and learning, he attained the technique to forge-weld in house even stainless steels. Now he forge-weld everything in house including Carbon/soft steel, Stainless/stainless steel and carbon/stainless steel. He learnt quite a bit of heat treatment including sub-zero heat treatment for stainless steel. He likes ATS-34 stainless steel (Hitachi made Stanless steel pretty popular steel among custom knife makers in Japan). He also forges ZDP-189 as well as VANADIS 4 Extra.

Knife Shape Nakiri
Blade Length 165mm
Steel Type #2 Shirogami (White Carbon Steel)
Rockwell Hardness 61:63
Handle Wa (Japanese) Handle, Oval Chestnut wood handle with water buffalo horn collar
Blacksmith/Maker Manaka Hamono