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    Wife snatched my NAkiri looking for a replacment.

    My wife confiscated my Tojiro Damascus DP Nakiri 165mm for her Veg prep job at Whole Foods. So I am looking for a replacment. I would like to be in the $150-$300 Rnge some of the ones I am looking at are

    Konosuke HD2 Nakiri 180mm
    Moritaka Nakiri 165mm
    Takeda Classic Nakiri Bocho 165mm Large
    Shigefusa Kurouchi 180mm Wa Nakiri

    A little more info I do produce large amounts of veg prep as I work in a large banquet facility 1000+ people is a very common thing. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Takeda IMO the best nakiri you can buy. This is the only knife Takeda makes I would call best in class. Reasons
    1. very very good edge retention
    2. easily managed reactivity
    3. absolutely zero food sticking
    4. thin and will fall through everything it is an amazing cutter
    5. easy to re-sharpen and maintain edge
    6. rugged good looks

    I would stay away from the Moritaka because of the un-rounded tip
    The Shig is very nice but will be more reactive and have less edge retention
    I have no opinion on the HD

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    +1 to Takeda.
    I agree with Mike on all points.
    I have a Shig kitaji nakiri that's probably worth 2-3x as much, and I think that one could make a pretty sound argument that, objectively, the Takeda is better.

    The Takeda isn't show-offy in the traditional sense the way that nickel "damascus" is all the rage in more mainstream knives these days, but when your realize that it has as good or better distal taper and geometry than any other nakiri it I was shaped with a HAMMER; not a grinder, that's pretty amazing. It's a knife-geek's knife.

    Also, the KU finish is the thickest and most stable of any I've seen. It's almost non-reactive to the point of being stainless.

    The only part that I don't love is the handle: I like big handles and the stock one is just a bit thin for my paws. If I had to use it for hours on end, Id ease the spine a bit and then replace the handle





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    id be afrait of overgrind issues on the moritaka. i could live with that on a suji or a petty, but definitely not on a nakiri.

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    Asai AS damascus... haven't used the Takeda, but it's the best cutter I have used hands down and that includes my Yoshikane damascus SLD.

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    +1 for Takeda Nakiri from your list. the only thing I don't like Takeda is sharp spine & rough finished choil! you can ease the spine & choil by sand paper, but this will also remove partial of KU finished....\
    if you wants something more fancy, check out Tom's Harner Nakiri with Amboyna Burl handle on B/S/T. very comfy large handle & top quality F/F! only downside is food sticking because Harner's tall and thin grind blade....
    Charles ***[All statements I made here only my personal opinion and nothing more!]*** & Please bare with me for my crappy English!!

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    I've read a bunch on nakiris and folks also seem to like the Watanabe. Can you buy the Takeda from anyone else aside from the unmentionable?

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    If I was to recommend a Nikari with ku finish would be the yamawaku I had the pleasure to try out in this pass a round.

    http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...amawaku-Nakiri

    It took a very sharp edge, and kept it for a very long time. I have bought a few since this pass a round, but my mind keeps going back to this one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brianh View Post
    I've read a bunch on nakiris and folks also seem to like the Watanabe. Can you buy the Takeda from anyone else aside from the unmentionable?
    http://www.knifewear.com/
    http://knifesharpeningtoronto.com/
    Available handles- http://s64.photobucket.com/user/mkri...able%20handles

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    Awesome, thank you.

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