Yu Kurosaki is an extremely talented blacksmith in his 40’s located in Takefu Village in Echizen. Apprenticed under the great Hiroshi Kato and today is considered one of the top blacksmiths in Japan, winning many awards and became known for his unique patterns.

Crafted from the amazing SG-2 Powder Steel (R2), the Shizuku (means “water Drop”) line features a unique hammered pattern, a thin grind that makes the knife nimble and light and flies through produce and a rosewood octagonal handle.

The Nakiri  that looks like a small cleaver, is a specialized knife for vegetables. It is a double bevel knife and has a tall, thin blade in order to go through vegetables easily. It is a very popular knife throughout Japan as well as the rest of the world because its specialized profile makes the veggie preparation so easy. Feels nimble in the handle despite its size and its thin blade is designed for precise cuts. Perfect for chopping, slicing and push cuts.

Brand / Blacksmith Yu Kurosaki
Series Shizuku
Knife type Nakiri
Blade Length / Total length mm 160/305
Grind 50 / 50
Finish Polished / Hammered
Steel type SG2 (R2)
Forging method San Mai
HRC hardness 62-63
Handle type / Material / Ferrule Octagonal / Rosewood / Black Pakka
Spine Thickness at heel / tip mm 1,8/0,3
Blade height at heel mm 51
Weight gr 143