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jonhaber
11-08-2012, 05:32 PM
Choices

1) $50 - Tojiro Shirogami Nakiri 165mm - White #2
2) $80 - Dojo Hayashi Nakiri 165mm - AS covered in stainless
3) $85 - Tanaka Kurouchi Nakiri 165mm - blue

Since my other thread trying to talk me out of a nakiri didn't work I figure I should get it the desire out of my system as cheap as possible.

Leaning towards 1) cause its really cheap :p maybe the $30 dollars would be worth it for the AS.

Thoughts?

Jmadams13
11-08-2012, 05:38 PM
I still say get a cleaver, but out of those three I would go with the tanaka. I have a few Tojiro from the same line, and while I love the steel, they need some work OTB (ie; removing or smoothing the KU finish, not very sharp, ect...) and the handle with the plastic ferrel is awful. I had a Dojo petty, and hated it. But that might just be me. I was also looking at the tanaka nakiri for at home, but ended up with another CCK cleaver, lol.

echerub
11-08-2012, 07:20 PM
Of my handful of nakiri, the only one I actually do not like to use is the Tanaka KU nakiri. Fit and finish issues I can accept at this price point, but I really don't like it's feel: too light, weight too far back, gives a flimsy feeling. It's been while since I used it, so maybe I should give it another chance, but it feels like a chore to have to do so.

jonhaber
11-08-2012, 07:27 PM
I still say get a cleaver

Why the cleaver over the nakiri?

Lefty
11-08-2012, 07:38 PM
Kiwi Brand, from Thailand. Best $5-10 you'll ever spend!

jonhaber
11-08-2012, 07:43 PM
got a link to a place that sells them online?

jonhaber
11-08-2012, 07:48 PM
these guys?
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/8-KIWI-BRAND-COOK-KNIFE-NO-22-GREAT-COOK-CLEAVER-FROM-THAILAND-/320928665825?pt=AU_Cutlery&hash=item4ab8d6d0e1&_uhb=1#ht_1722wt_1067

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/7-KIWI-BRAND-COOK-KNIFE-NO-172-GREAT-COOK-CLEAVER-THAILAND-/320928664725?pt=AU_Cutlery&hash=item4ab8d6cc95#ht_1799wt_1067

cclin
11-08-2012, 07:53 PM
Why the cleaver over the nakiri?

I do recommend small Chinese cleaver for home cook. check out the profiles, the Chinese cleaver is more all-around knife, good for push cut, rocking & chop. some nakiri's blade just too thin & light to be a good utility knife.
http://i1054.photobucket.com/albums/s482/54cclin/CIMG1419.jpg

jonhaber
11-08-2012, 07:58 PM
I do recommend small Chinese cleaver for home cook.

Like the cck small cleaver?

Dusty
11-08-2012, 08:40 PM
I have the dojo and the steel takes and holds a great edge. Very simple but fine f &f.

Jmadams13
11-08-2012, 09:18 PM
I only recommend a cleaver because in my experience there is not much a cleaver can't do once you get used to them. Some prefer them, some don't. I do like using my nakiri once in a while, but always find I prefer my cleaver for the same tasks I would grab the nakiri for plus others. I find I can prepair an entire dinner for my fiancÚ and myself without using anything else. At the bistro, other knives come into play, but for veg prep, nothing beats the feel of a cleaver to me. I guess I'm just a cleaver fanboy, lol

cclin
11-08-2012, 09:20 PM
Like the cck small cleaver?
most cck & japan made Chinese cleaver are medium to large cleaver with rectangle shape for pro kitchen. if you want nimble all-around home cook cleaver; the blade length should be around 6.5"~7" with slightly point blade. try to looking it at your local Asian supermarket or china town cutlery shop.

jayhay
11-09-2012, 01:55 PM
+1 vote for the dojo, as I stated in the other thread.

JasonD
11-09-2012, 03:28 PM
Tanakas are awesome cutters, but the handles struck me as pretty poor quality. Dojo is no-nonsense and pretty darn good in its own right.

mr drinky
11-10-2012, 12:44 AM
I got this one (http://www.japanwoodworker.com/product.asp?s=JapanWoodworker&pf_id=05%2E100%2E20&dept_id=13168) from JWW. The handle is nothing special and the blade will likely need some work, but it is cheap and pleasing to use.

k.

chinacats
11-10-2012, 12:49 AM
Seems like all the recommendations are for shorter nakiri. Anyone know of cheap and longer nakiri such as ~180?

Andrew H
11-10-2012, 01:16 AM
Choices

1) $50 - Tojiro Shirogami Nakiri 165mm - White #2
2) $80 - Dojo Hayashi Nakiri 165mm - AS covered in stainless
3) $85 - Tanaka Kurouchi Nakiri 165mm - blue

Since my other thread trying to talk me out of a nakiri didn't work I figure I should get it the desire out of my system as cheap as possible.

Leaning towards 1) cause its really cheap :p maybe the $30 dollars would be worth it for the AS.

Thoughts?

I dislike being the guy to push for more expensive things, but I think you might like this one: http://www.japaneseknifeimports.com/kitchen-knives-by-type/nakiri/gesshin-uraku-165mm-skd-nakiri.html#

If you want to keep it real cheap, go for the Tojiro. White #2 is just fun.

Lefty
11-10-2012, 07:00 AM
The Yamawaku Nakiri is a fantastic "big one".

jonhaber
11-10-2012, 07:07 AM
big one?

jonhaber
11-10-2012, 07:15 AM
i hate plastic ferrules, will probably go with the dojo, ordered a kiwi on ebay as you suggested earlier too, also interesting is the thread about the guy selling the yamawaku on ebay http://www.cheftalk.com/t/65771/yamawaku-gyuto-chef-knife-my-story-with-the-ebay-vendor-please-read

Lefty
11-10-2012, 09:59 AM
Cool. The kiwi is a fun and THIIIINNNN nakiri. Take it for what it is and you'll really enjoy it.

As for 330mate, I think a lot of it is a language barrier. Who knows, though.