Yu Kurosaki Gekko Nakiri 165 mm (Olive Wood)

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Product Information

Blade Length 165 mm
Total Length 310 mm
Handle Wenge 
Ferrule Turquoise W/Aluminum Spacer
Rockwell 64
Height Spine to heel 52 mm
Width at Spine 2.5mm
Weight 170 grams
Bevel  Double (50/50)


The Blacksmith

These are easily some of the most beautiful knives we have at the shop. Made by Master Blacksmith Yu Kurosaki who works out of a newly constructed shop just steps from the Takefu knife village community centre. He began his blacksmith journey in 2002 at Kanehiro and now only 17 short years later he has been awarded his Master Blacksmith designation by the Echizen Blacksmith Foundation. His knives represent the future of Blacksmithing in Japan as he focuses on traditional technique while using innovative and progressive design's and finishes that have garnered the attention of many chef's around the globe. Simply put his knives are stunning to look at and dare we say perform even better than they look. 

The Knife 

We don't know much about VG XEOS steel other than that it is produced by the Takefu Special Steel Company. It is a brand new steel type specifically designed to meet the demands of modern kitchens and as far as we know, Kurosaki-san is the first to begin working with it. You can expect the same high level of fit and finish, grinds and edge geometry on this new Gekko series as with all of Kurosaki-san's knives. The following description is taken directly from the Takefu Special Steel company website and is the only information available on the steel type at the moment.

"With changes in hygiene awareness and further diversification of dietary habits, cutlery is required not only to be sharp, but also to be rust-resistant and tenacious, with high levels of contradictory characteristics such as hardness/strength and corrosion resistance. 

We have developed a new grade of steel for blades that combines high corrosion resistance and high hardness at a high dimension, which had been difficult to achieve in the past, with a fine microstructure created by a special melting method that improves wear resistance, strength, and quenching properties.

A newly developed material that combines corrosion resistance and hardness.(X)
A new steel grade that heralds the dawn of a new stage in cutlery. (EOS)"

The Shape

Fantastic Nakiri for home users especially vegetarians/vegans. Nakiri are designed specifically for vegetable chopping due to their tall blades and flat edges which are ideal for up and down chopping. This knife has a very slight curve to the blade though so if you prefer to use a rocking motion when chopping you're perfectly capable of doing so. Nice and light, thin blade that has an amazing cutting feel; it's balance is slightly blade heavy. We like to call Nakiri the stir-fry knife as it can help you get one done in mere minutes once you've mastered the up and down chopping motion.

Knife Care (Stainless Steel)

  • Although VG XEOS is a stainless steel and shouldn't rust or discolour we still recommend keeping the knife wiped down, and as clean and dry as possible. 
  • NO DISHWASHER - the high heat will ruin the wooden handle.
  • Wash and dry by hand using regular dish soap and warm water using a none abrasive sponge or cloth.
  • Ensure the knife is dry before being put away for storage and ensure the edge of the knife is protected to avoid any unnecessary dulling.
  • Avoid Bones, Frozen foods, nuts and hard candies or anything other than fruits, vegetables and proteins.

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