Nakiri 175mm Vtoku2 Stainless Clad Cottonwood Frame Handle


In every detail of this knife Skye demonstrates a broad variety of impressive skills. From the clean, even high-performance convex grind and detail work around the riccaso to the incredible fit and finish of the octagonal frame handle. Each element has been perfectly executed. 

Hand sanded satin finish stainless steel envelops the Vtoku2 carbon steel core with its pitch black, coffee etched forced patina. A subtle nashiji texture around the riccaso completes the finish on the blade.  Looking to the grind the knife features a slight distal taper on the spine, which averages at around 2.5mm. Ground convex and with a razor-sharp edge the knife will perform incredibly well. The profile is very classic and clearly inspired by its Japanese origins.

An air gapped seal joins the tang with the handle demonstrating once more Skye’s skill as a craftsman. The handle itself is a frame construction, octagonal, hidden tang design. Made up of stabilised Cottonwood, white G10, stabilised Hawaiian Mango, and African Blackwood the result is a unique and beautiful masterclass in carpentry and joinery.

Overall a classy piece of work from this young New Zealander, clearly a rising star!

Product Specification

Blade Type: Nakiri

Edge Length: 175mm

Spine Heel: 2.97mm

Spine Mid: 2.28mm

Spine Tip (20mm before): 1.9mm

Blade Height: 58mm

Weight: 206g

Cutting Edge Steel: Vtoku2

Stainless: No

HRC: 64

Blade Construction: 3 Layer (San Mai)

Blade Finish: Matte Polish

Grind: Convex

Handle Construction: Hidden Tang

Handle Materials: Stabilised Cottonwood, White G10, Stabilised Hawaiian Mango, African Blackwood

Handedness: Ambidextrous

Saya Included: No

Shipping & Returns


We process orders 5 days a week (Monday - Friday) and ship from our shop in Berlin, Germany. We ship with FedEx, UPS and Deutsche Post.

We are happy to offer free international shipping on a variety of orders depending on location and order value. You can check to see where things sit for you here.


At Modern Cooking we want our customers to be inspired and delighted by the products they purchase through our shop.

However, we understand that you may need to return products occasionally. If you are not entirely happy, you can return your purchase in its original condition within 14 days for a refund. Please email if you wish to return any goods.

In the unlikely event that you receive faulty goods or your order is damaged in transit, please contact us for instructions on how to return the goods as in this case we will meet the cost of return postage, though only if this is arranged through our authorised carriers. Any claim for refund or exchange resulting from faulty goods or goods damaged in transit must be raised within 5 business days.

All Modern Cooking logistics partners provide insurance in case of damage, but the coverage is only valid if we are notified within 5 business days. Please make sure to inspect your order immediately upon receipt to ensure that there is no damage.

Once we have the goods back, we will issue a full refund or send replacements where possible, as you prefer.

Product Care:

Cleaning: Clean by hand with warm water. Avoid wetting the handle when possible. 

Sharpening: We advise using whetstones to sharpen your knives and a honing rod or steel to maintain the burr between sharpening sessions. 

Reactive Steels: Reactive steels like Aogami Super, Apex Ultra or one of the many premium reactive German and Swedish steels are susceptible to rust if not properly cared for. In this case we advise that you keep the knife dry between uses and when storing the knife for longer periods wiping the knife blade with Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil is a wise choice. This will not stop a patina forming on the blade, but it will stop rust. A patina can be a beautiful personal feature on your knife and helps to stop rust forming. So, dry your knife regularly between uses, store in a dry place and apply some Tsubaki oil from time to time when storing for long periods. 

A reference guide to steel types

Handle Care: If you have a knife with a non-stabilised wooden handle, you can apply Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil to your handle from time to time. Food safe wax can be applied to both stabilised and no-stabilised wooden handles. Never apply hot wax or oil as you risk warping or damaging the handle.