Japanese Nakiri knives are the Japanese style knives used mostly for cutting vegetables. They feature a thin and wide blade and squared off tips. As it is designed for chopping veggies, the knife has a straight blade that can cut through long items (think eggplants, carrots) as well as make super thin slices out of cucumber, bitter gourd, tomatoes and the likes. Nakiri knives are the double edged Western style equivalent of a single edged Japanese usuba knife. Thanks to their straight blade, nakiri are ideal for julienne, brunoise allumette an other precision knife cuts for vegetables. Also a great tool for cutting into very hard skinned produce like pumpkins and squash.