This Kurosaki Nakiri 165mm has been hand forged by master blacksmith Yu Kurosaki. The core steel is a high performance SG2 powder steel, sometimes called R2 steel. The core is cladded in stainless steel and has a Rockwell rating of 62 . The edge retention on a SG2 knives is exceptional and we found that the blade holds a great edge for up to 6-8 months (used 4hrs daily).
The handle on this Shizuku Nakiri is an ambidextrous, octagonal Wa (Japanese style) handle made out of fine grain Cherrywood and finished with a black Pakkawood ferule. We find the Wa handles to be comfortable and have an ergonomic feel to them.
Kurosaki knives generally have exceptional fit and finish and this Nakiri is no ecpetion. The handle is center fitted and sealed (no gaps) and the spine and Choil (heal) has a nice smooth grind to it. The balance point of the is a little forward of the heal and is perfect for a nimble pinch grip.
The bespoke blade has a slight curve to it making it great for both slicing and chopping action. The overall weight is quite low and the Kurosaki Nakiri feels agile and maneuverable in the hand. Overall a nice piece and craftsmanship and a really great Nakiri.