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Feb 13, 2012 07:47 PM

Review, my new Kochi market Nakiri - no real brand on it though :P

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.

The knife:

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!

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  1. TeRReT,

    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.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      He will refute that after I have posted a balance shot, but until then I will accept.

    2. $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...

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      1. re: Eiron


        Like you, I don't think this is hand made from begining to end for $9, but it should have some manual steps. It states that it is "hand pound/beaten", so I wonder if this particular step:

        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          I dunno, that still looks like a lot of labor for only $9 finished price. Although, if they're doing a complete "hand pound/beaten" process in under 5 min, then maybe that's all the $$ they need to get? Where does the hand processing statement show up?

          1. re: Eiron

            Maybe just hand pound and beating at the very very last stage -- under 5 min like you said.

      2. What the heck is a "balance shot?" And $12 for a 1K stone, wow

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          1. re: BiscuitBoy

            "Balance shot" is a ticket to join the Club of Eiron.

            $12 for a 1K King stone is a pretty good deal. I wonder if it an unsual sale, or that is the regular price in Japan.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              Actually, it was CBAD who started the club:

              But I'll accept being a charter member. :-)

              1. re: Eiron

                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....."


                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  I started it with my review of the yusuke. But Eiron took it to new heights (literally), He's the Tony Hawk to my humble dogtown boys.

                  1. re: cowboyardee

                    If it makes a difference, I grew up in constant amazement of the Z-boys! :-D In fact, a few years ago I (finally) got to build up my dream board of a G&S Fiberflex Slalom with Tracker MidTracks, Tunnel Tarantulas & Bones Swiss!

                    Even more dangerous than bike commuting!! :-D

            2. re: BiscuitBoy

              It's the "money" shot of the Knife Knuts
              And that's a great looking knife Terre T, price was a steel

            3. 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.

              1. 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

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                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    I had envisioned far more ambitious shots but I had only a 5 minute window where my fiance's mom had gone to work and my fiance was still waking up so thats all I was able to accomplish for now.

                  2. re: TeRReT

                    Nicely done. It seems you come from the Eironian School of Holding the Knife Up in the Air.

                    That miyabi looks tough.... and surprisingly handle-heavy - how do you like using it?