I like the idea of a nakiri for a gift; just gave one to my niece. She is a foodie but not a knifeknut and she loves it. I think it is an easy knife to use and you can get a pretty good one for a reasonable price. My worry when I give a knife as a gift is the carbon and having folks who are forgetful about taking care. My niece got a kouchi finish and that takes some of the worry away. I don't think it is too specialized, not like a usuba - after all, it will cut all your veggies for the most part and you should be eating more veggies. So, kouchi finish or stainless.