About the Nakiri
Japanese Nakiri knives are mostly used 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. Its double bevel makes it perfect for both left and right-handed use.
Thanks to their straight blade, Nakiri are ideal for julienne, brunoise allumette and other precision knife cuts for vegetables. Also a great tool for cutting into very hard skinned produce like pumpkins and squash.
About the handle
The beautiful handles are made with extremely limited European Maple Burl dyed in green and blue. The wood is dried for two years before it undergoes the process of stabilisation and colour dying. This ensures the wood is completely waterproof to avoid bacteria growth and is able to last generations. The stabilised premium-cut maple burl is cut into the octagonal shaped ambidextrous handle, giving you a firm grip on the knife.
Not only are the handles aesthetically pleasing, they are also light. This allows for maximum precision and more controlled movements during use. After all, maple wood is known for being a strong and durable wood with good resistance to decay. Overall, the knife is perfectly balanced and very light.
Nothing about Sakai Kyuba is left to chance. It has been designed, forged and rigorously tested to serve your family for generations. Made from the highest quality V10 46-layer Damascus hammered stainless steel – sturdier and sharper than anything you have experienced before. Presented in a natural-coloured pinewood box for safe storage and keeping. Backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Although inspired by 1000 years of tradition, each of the Sakai Kyuba blades is absolutely unique. Every single one has been meticulously handmade and perfected in Japan by Sakai’s (堺市) master blacksmith. Forged with Damascus steel – legendary for its plasticity, hardness and distinctive patterns. Handle and blade satin-finished to a subtle, yet stunning lustre. Crafted, not manufactured. No handle pattern is the same, guaranteeing you a unique piece of craftsmanship.
Like most equipment, knives need a little love and care. You need to sharpen them regularly and depending on the type of steel, dry them immediately after use. These are 3 general rules you should follow:
Also, check our full guide on how to properly maintain the knife and sharpen it.