Review, my new Kochi market Nakiri - no real brand on it though :P
- TeRReT Feb 13, 2012 07:47 PM
Well, I went back to Kochi market where I got my first utility knife. I wanted to try a nakiri for awhile to see how I liked that style before searching for a better one. I also got my first white #1 knife so I could get a feel for that steel as well.
Blade length is 170mm
Look is ugly, really ugly, but the kind of ugly that I can really appreciate. It is handmade, and does have markings that I will try to get a better picture of soon, but they are difficult to photograph. Will also do a balance shot when my fiance isn't looking at me strange as I pay too much attention to a knife. She has read the inscription to me, not really a brand but just says Tosa style which is obvious, then the Kochi region and the manufacturing process of making it. I will probe her more later to figure out what the name of that process is but its Valentines Day here so maybe I should pay more attention to her and less attention to the knife.
I haven't used it much yet, so will give a more detailed review in a few days but it is quite sharp. I also bought a 1000 grit stone so I can maintain it a bit while I am here, may get a higher grit stone later, probably should have at the time, but I already realized I had to carry everything around all day and my bags were already getting heavy.
At the end of the day I spent $12 on the stone, and $9 on the knife, so $21 for the two which left me rather pleased and also a little guilty, I know its not the prettiest knife, and I know its not the best steel or shape or anything, but its still a knife, made in Japan, made by hand and it only cost me $9.
Will expand on this further when its not Valentines Day!
You are getting as funny as Eiron. Eiron buddy, you better watch out this kid. :P
I really like the Kurouchi (black) look, so it is definitely not ugly to me. Given the choice, I always want the Kurouchi look. I am amazed at the price you are able to get a 1000 King stone for $12 and $9 for a knife.
$12 for a King Deluxe 1000 & $9 for a new knife??? That is so NOT fair! :-D
What constitutes "hand made" at this price point? I'm guessing the blades must be stamped out in final shape & only ground for cutting edge? Then the handles purchased finished so that the maker only needs to fasten the tang into it?
That's pretty cool, dude!
If you can get a couple of higher grit stones for similar prices, I wouldn't hesitate to pick those up before you return home.
I think odd looks from friends & loved ones is required of this obsession. And a sense of humor lets everyone else know you're not storing up bbq'd strangers in the fridge...
No, CBAD did it because he was coping you. :)
"Thanks for the review Eiron. I love that balance shot! Looks like you balanced it on an even thinner spine than I did - nice steady hands you have there. I hope that becomes a standard photo to include in knife reviews on the internet....."
Looks like you got quite a nice deal there. I spent several times that much on a tosagata nakiri that looks very similar. Any idea what the core steel is?
I'd love to hear your thoughts after you've used and sharpened it a few times also.
Ok, I did a balance shot of the 3 knives I have with me here in Japan, I really should review them all and will eventually in the future. I've had the Miyabi 7000-mcd for over a year now, and the small kochi utility for 4 months now, and then the kochi nakiri for almost a week.
The utility was easy to balance, the nakiri took some time to do, and the miyabi was very difficult as it is on the round handle with a metal collar so very slippery :P