Masutani – VG10 Damascus Nakiri
Masutani-San forges knives out of Echizen, Japan. They are a small sized company and produce amazing quality knives for the price. Masutani-San is known as an incredable knife sharpener and all knives comes super sharp out of the box.
The Masutani Damascus Nakiri is constructed using a core steel of VG10, a cutlery grade stainless steel produced in Japan. It has a high carbon content which allows it to be heat treated to higher hardness levels thus allowing the blade to take on finer, sharper edges whilst being able to maintain that edge for prolonged periods of time
About the Nakiri
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 touches the cutting board at once, you won’t be turning the vegetable into an ‘accordion’, pieces that are still connected by a thread after you’ve cut them.
The added weight of the blade allow it to fall through food more easily while you chop, so the knife does more of the work for you.
The Nakiri blade shape is a traditional Japanese knife shape, designed for the task of cutting vegetables – a knife that will be appreciated in the hands of a prep cook with mountains of veggies to prepare every day.
Recently, many Nakiris find their way into home kitchens – it’s a perfect knife for vegetarians and veggie lovers.
- Wash and dry the blade by hand immediately after use. Dishwashers are very bad for all knives.
- Use a soft cloth to wash the blade. Avoid abrasive dish scrubbers and powders as these can damage the finish of your beautiful knife.
- Do not cut through bones. You can certainly cut along/beside bones, but do not cut into bones. This can, at worst, chip the blade.
- Never use this knife to cut frozen food. I’m sure you have a 4×4 somewhere in your kitchen for this job.
- Never twist, cleave or prise the blade.
- Always use a wooden or plastic cutting board. Never cut on bamboo, glass, marble, slate, a plate, china, marble, arborite or anything harder than steel.
- Store knives in a way that the blades will not knock into each other.
- Never transport knives unprotected.