Murata Aogami 1 – Nakiri 165mm




Takeo Murata is a blacksmith from Kochi Japan. He started his apprenticeship at 16 in 1965 and is very well known for his craftsmanship and the balance of his knives.

The Murata Santoku is a well balanced with a really nice Black hammered Kurouchi finish. The blade is hand forged from Blue #1 carbon steel Cladded in Softer Iron for added protection. The Murata Santoku is a knife that needs a bit of TLC as the steel is fully reactive but will patina very nicely overtime.

We do recommend grabbing a Rust eraser or Camellia oil for maintenance.

Rockwell Hardness is 61-63.



Nakiri Knife (菜切り包丁 – pronounced: Nakiri Bōchō) literally translated from Japanese means ‘knife for cutting greens’ or ‘leaf-cutter’. Most Japanese households make use of the Nakiri and in general, it is loved by vegetarians.

The Nakiri’s broad rectangular blade allows for quick and efficient chopping, dicing and mincing of large vegetables. The height of the blade also allows cutting through harder root vegetables with a straight down chopping motion. The Nakiri may also be turned upside down to use the spine of the blade to scrape ingredients across the chopping board without damaging the blade. The blade profile with its straight, flat edge works best when using an up and down chopping motion.

The Nakiri knife has a long, thin, and rectangular-shaped blade with a straight edge, and a flat, blunt tip. The Nakiri’s shape can be mistaken for a cleaver but be warned that it is not made for heavy-duty work like cutting bones or frozen foods. The thinness of the blade also ensures that delicate vegetables can be cleanly cut without ripping the skin, and helps to achieve crisp edges on each slice.

Type: Western Style

Best for: Vegetables

Kitchen Samurai Ease of Use Rating: Specialist – Easy to use but applies to specific food types


Care Instructions

  • 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.
  • Never twist or cleave 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.

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