Toshihiro Wakui is a very talented craftsman that used to work for Yoshikane Hamono in Sanjo. He started his own knife making business in Sanjo and his excellent knives were a well kept secret among Japanese knives enthusiasts. He recently started getting more exposure and his knives are highly appreciated. Forged by White 2 steel, very thin behind the edge and at high hardness of around HRC 63, Wakui seems to be one of the next hot blacksmiths in the knife world.

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.

Featuring a Nashiji finish, with a core of White 2 steel and a stainless clad to prevent rust, this Wakui 180 mm Nakiri is a favorite. It will slice through vegetables with ease and will provide a good food release. A must have.

Brand / Blacksmith: Wakui
Series: Nashiji Stainless Clad
Knife type: Nakiri
Blade Length / Total length (mm): 185 / 330
Grind: 50 / 50
Finish: Nashiji
Steel type: Shirogami 2 (White 2)
Forging method: San Mai
HRC hardness: 62 – 63
Handle type / Material / Ferrule: Octagonal / Chestnut / Water Buffalo Horn
Spine Thickness at heel / tip (mm): 2,7
Blade height at heel (mm): 55
Weight (gr): 184