Shibamasa V5 – Nakiri

(1 customer review)



Shibamasa Santoku is made out of Seki, Japan.


The blade is made from VG5 Stainless steel, part of the V Gold stainless steel line. VG5 is similar to VG-10 but with a slightly larger grain structure which results in a higher vanadium content making the knife a bit more durable. VG10 also contains cobalt, which is not added to VG5. Its a durable steel that will hold an good edge and is relatively easy to sharpen.

The thin grind of the Shibamasa makes for a pleasurable cutting feel! The Walnut handle is sturdy, solid and comfortable in the hand.

Well balanced over all and would definitely say great value for money.



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.


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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1 review for Shibamasa V5 – Nakiri

  1. Ivan Richards

    Wow, another great buy!!!

    This bad boy is super light, I really love the old school walnut handle. I usually use a pinch grip which sometimes can irritated the skin where the blade touches my index finger. Not in this case. Because the knife is light but sturdy and the ergonomics of the handle is great I can actually keep a normal/hammer grip.

    Out of the box sharpens MADNESS!!!! Im really happy with this Nakiri

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