Motokyuuichi Nakiri 180 mm

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Product Information

Blade Length 180mm
Total Length 320mm
Steel Aogami (blue) #2
Handle Walnut
Ferrule Black Pakkawood
Rockwell 61-62
Height Spine to heel 52mm
Width at Spine 2.5mm
Weight 169 grams

The Blacksmith

Motokyuuichi knives are forged in Shimabara City by 4th and 5th generation smiths from the Maeda Family who took over the shop from the Kyuuichi family around 1895. Shoujirou Maeda focused on forging swords at this time but the business gradually transitioned to agricultural tools, hunting tools and craft knives as was typical at the time. They now focus much of their attention on Kitchen knives and offer affordable knives with great performance. 

The Shape 

The Nakiri is designed specifically for chopping vegetables. Its tall blade provides lots of travel for the guide fingers of the user when using an up and down chopping motion. The flat profile allows almost the entire edge to contact the board when copping meaning less pieces of vegetables remaining connected. The flat spine of the knife can be used as an effective bench scraper and because of the large surface area of the blade it can be used as an effective scoop as well. 


Knife Care (Iron Clad)

  • This Knife is made from 3 layers of material; A layer of iron on each side protecting a layer of carbon steel at the core, in a process referred to as Sanmai or forge welding. Iron and carbon steel are both susceptible to rust and must be kept dry and clean at all time’s to avoid oxidation and discolouration.
  • Simply wipe the knife with a damp cloth immediately after use.
  • Wash with regular dish soap and warm water using a none abrasive sponge or cloth.
  • Never put your knife in the dishwasher! The extreme heat will ruin the wooden handle.
  • Highly acidic ingredients (Onions, Tomatoes, Citrus) Will cause rust and oxidation to happen faster, thus the user must ensure the knife is wiped clean immediately after working with such an ingredient.
  • Should any rust form it can be removed using a rust eraser or a mixture of Baking soda and water to simply scrub it clean.
  • Avoid Bones, Frozen foods, nuts and hard candies or anything other than fruits, vegetables and proteins.

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