NORA #1216 - Walnut & Teal Box Elder Nakiri
- Blade Type: Nakiri
- Blade Length: 6.5 Inches
- Total Length: 11.75 Inches
- Handle Style: Western | Right or Left Hand Use
- Steel: AEB-L Stainless Steel
- Handle Materials: Stabilized Walnut Wood, Stabilized & Dyed Box Elder Burl Wood, White G10 liner & spacer, stainless steel pins
- Rockwell Hardness: 62 HRC
- Grind Type: Full Flat
- Weight: 8.2 oz.
- This Blade is Ground...
- Thin for Performance (best performance but delicate!)
- Thick for Durability (tough, built to last for heavy wear-n-tear, this is where most production knives land i.e. Wustof, Shun, etc.)
- >>> Mid-Range (Thinner than most production knives but kept slightly thicker for overall durability)
- This Knife Feels...
- Heavy in Hand (hefty, durable)
- Light (nimble, maneuverable)
- >>> Not too heavy, not too light (Switzerland, mid-range)
- NOTE: This handle is thinner! Some of our handles we keep thicker and others make thinner. We try to mix up what we make such that we have options for everyone. This handle was kept nice and thin. It feels great in hand and has a nice balance point but if you are expecting a larger, thick handle then this isn't the best fit. If you like your knives a bit lighter and thinner on the handle then this will be a great fit.
GENERAL USES OF THIS KNIFE
The Nakiri knife is a Japanese style knife that is specifically designed to excel at cutting and prepping vegetables and greens. These blades are very thin and literally fall through food. Because of the thinness, these blades should not be used for cutting through any type of bone or harder objects but you would be surprised at the versatility of the Nakiri. We find we use ours for a wide array of tasks in the kitchen - everything from protein prep to bread.
The blade height is just over 2 inches which is larger than many other Nakiri's but we find it helps keep your knuckles off the board and it works well with many larger vegetables.
AEB-L STAINLESS STEEL
This knife blade is composed of AEB-L stainless steel which is a high-quality Swedish metal, originally developed for razor blades. Recently, steel suppliers have made this steel available in thicker sheets and it has proven to be an excellent adaptation for the cutlery industry.
AEB-L has a beautiful balance of carbon and chromium and, with proper heat treatment, this steel produces both a very fine edge as well as excellent toughness and edge stability. The fine grain structure also makes this steel very easy to sharpen. We believe it is one of the finest stainless steels available on the market today for use with kitchen knives.
As a side note, there are two things we like to mention about this steel:
1.) This steel responds beautifully to honing and if the knife is honed regularly it should need infrequent sharpening.
2.) AEB-L is a stainless steel but just barely. The concept of stainless steel is actually misleading because every steel is, at some level, reactive to water and other elements.
The higher carbon content in this stainless is what allows it to get a fine edge and higher hardness than other stainless steels but it also has a tendency to sometimes form very fine rust spots on the blade. If this happens, these are easily removed with a green or red scotch brite pad and usually the rough end of a kitchen sponge will also do the trick. Take extra care to remove an excess wetness that remain on this blade. Drip drying is not recommended.
HANDLE DESIGN & MATERIALS:
Every one of our knives is handmade, unique and numbered. This NORA nakiri has a beautiful mix of stabilized American walnut paired with a stabilized piece of box elder burl dyed to a beautiful hue of teal blue.The materials are separated by a white G10 accent piece and there is a white G10 liner as well. The pins are stainless steel. Its a beautiful, classic look and the colors complement each other so nicely.
Wood stabilization is an added feature that we offer with our knives. Wood that is stabilized has been injected with a clear acrylic resin under a vacuum process. Stabilization helps to minimize any cracking, warping, shrinkage and/or expanding of the material. Stabilized wood will absorb little to no water and is generally impervious to oils. The process helps to ensure your knife has a long lifespan in the kitchen.