Santoku or Nakiri?

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  1. Aug 19, 2014 #1

    LarryC

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    Hello everyone!

    A big part of my cooking involves vegetables and as much as I love my gyuto, I would love to hear your thoughts on specialized veggie knives. Now I know santokus are not only for veggies but I love to work with it when I prep veggies!

    Thanks,
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  2. Aug 19, 2014 #2

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    I like using both on veggies, but if I know I'm just doing veggies I'm far more likely to use one of my nakiris. But what volume of veggies are you going to be doing each time? Just a bit, or a huge whackload? If you're going through a huge whackload, a cleaver might be even better :)
     
  3. Aug 19, 2014 #3

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    If it's not a gyuto I reach for a nakiri much more often than the Santoku.
     
  4. Aug 19, 2014 #4

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    For me, my nakiri rocks
     
  5. Aug 19, 2014 #5

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    volume is not the main issue for me ( I usually make a huge dish every week or so and freeze it) I was just wondering what was the easiest to use! I had a feeling for the Nakiri and I've received confirmation!
     
  6. Aug 19, 2014 #6

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    I think if the tip is not a dealbreaker, then I think there's more functional difference between individual knives than between the two styles. Got to pick a specific knife to match to the tasks and cutting style.
     
  7. Aug 19, 2014 #7
    A Nakiri is a fun knife to use though limited to vegs. A Santoku is a knife without a tip that ladies like.
     
  8. Aug 19, 2014 #8

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    I like nakiri's, generally have a flatter profile then the santoku's.


    Be well,
    Mikey
     
  9. Aug 19, 2014 #9
    Well - nakiri is a dedicated veggie chopper. But if you consider a santoku, you can as well can a nice funayuki and get the same functionality as santoku would give you in a more practical (IMO) package. Since I got my Carter funayuki (167mm) it quickly became my go-to knife for vegetables. The tip is very practical to have for more detailed work.
     
  10. Aug 19, 2014 #10

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    I like banno bunkas which has a tip.
     
  11. Aug 19, 2014 #11

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    the thing is I want something to push cut... so I guess nakiris are best for that.
     
  12. Aug 19, 2014 #12

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    Usuba?
     
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    There is a very slight profile difference between the two. Nakiris tend to be flatter, whereas a Santoku will have a slightly more pronounced curve or belly. My Shig Santokus have a very useful tip and a slightly longer cutting edge than Nakiris of the equivalent nominal length, but this will vary between makers.

    Honestly, buy both and sell the one you don't like. I just kept them, but that's me :)
     
  14. Aug 20, 2014 #14

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    I like the Santoku for general purpose use but feel the nakiri is the better pure vegetable blade. The one point I would add is go for a 180 nakiri rather than the more common 165's.
     
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    Cheap chinese cleaver is more economical and serves the same purpose. I think a small gyuto is even better.
     
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    A small gyuto often has a shorter cutting edge than a 190mm santoku. With the gyuto more length is lost with belly and tip.
     
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    +1! Very sound advice.
     
  18. Aug 20, 2014 #18

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    thanks for the input everyone! I think I'm gonna go for a nakiri!

    I've seen the tadafusa with blue core and stainless clad.... Any other recommendations for a nakiri under 100$?
     
  19. Aug 20, 2014 #19

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    A santoku is a pretty good knife on it's own. Different shape and a smaller than a gyuto, but still functional enough for most tasks. Nakiri's are a bit one-dimensional. If you are looking to compliment your gyuto, I would get a nakiri.
     
  20. Aug 21, 2014 #20

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    If you go to metalmaster they have tanaka nakiris in blue 2 and VG10 for US $78.
     
  21. Aug 21, 2014 #21

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    You've read my mind! I am looking to compliment my gyuto!
     
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    I also tested the waters with a Tanaka nakiri. great value for money IMO
     
  23. Aug 22, 2014 #23

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    I have a tanaka 240 gyuto in blue 2, from metalmaster, and like it a lot.
     
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    I love my santoku use it for everything that dose not require a larger knife it's also my main line knife.
     

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