Yu Kurosaki HAP40 Gekko – Nakiri 165mm

R5,650.00

Yu Kurosaki

Kurosaki-san started as a blacksmith at a very young age, starting working at Takefu knife village at the age of 17 and apprenticed under Hiroshi Kato and Katsushige Anryu and ended up as the youngest master blacksmith at Takefu knife village.

His knives are renowned worldwide for their unique look and amazing performance!

 

HAP-40 Steel

HAP40 is a Semi stainless powdered high-speed tool steel manufactured by Hitachi. The steel is well known for its incredible hardness and amazing cutting performance. This steel will hold an edge better than any of the other knives available in our store. Some knife experts believe that HAP-40 steel is probably the best Japanese cutlery steel on the market.

This steel is incredibly hard so Using a good cutting technique is very important. Make sure your cutting motion is straight up and down with no lateral motion when hitting the cutting board. Also stay away from Bones, hard nuts, and frozen food. These hard products can cause the edge to chip.

 

Nakiri

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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