Kouhei-Shinmatsu ZDP-189 Nakiri Silver comes as the culmination of a decade’s worth of expertise and mastery of Japanese knife forging, passed down through generations within the Suncraft smithy. ZDP-189 steel knives are extremely rare and are made by Suncraft specifically for SharpEdge.
Kouhei-Shinmatsu ZDP-189 Nakiri Silver comes as the culmination of a decade’s worth of expertise and mastery of Japanese knife forging, passed down through generations within the Suncraft smithy. ZDP-189 steel knives are extremely rare and are made by Suncraft specifically for SharpEdge.
Knife choil. Kouhei-Shinmatsu ZDP-189 Nakiri Silver comes as the culmination of a decade’s worth of expertise and mastery of Japanese knife forging, passed down through generations within the Suncraft smithy. ZDP-189 steel knives are extremely rare and are made by Suncraft specifically for SharpEdge.
Kouhei-Shinmatsu ZDP-189 Nakiri Silver comes as the culmination of a decade’s worth of expertise and mastery of Japanese knife forging, passed down through generations within the Suncraft smithy. ZDP-189 steel knives are extremely rare and are made by Suncraft specifically for SharpEdge.
Kouhei-Shinmatsu ZDP-189 Nakiri Silver comes as the culmination of a decade’s worth of expertise and mastery of Japanese knife forging, passed down through generations within the Suncraft smithy. ZDP-189 steel knives are extremely rare and are made by Suncraft specifically for SharpEdge.
Kouhei-Shinmatsu ZDP-189 Nakiri Silver 170mm (6.7")
Kouhei-Shinmatsu ZDP-189 Nakiri Silver comes as the culmination of a decade’s worth of expertise and mastery of Japanese knife forging, passed down through generations within the Suncraft smithy. ZDP-189 steel knives are extremely rare and are made by Suncraft specifically for SharpEdge.
Kouhei-Shinmatsu ZDP-189 Nakiri Silver comes as the culmination of a decade’s worth of expertise and mastery of Japanese knife forging, passed down through generations within the Suncraft smithy. ZDP-189 steel knives are extremely rare and are made by Suncraft specifically for SharpEdge.
Knife choil. Kouhei-Shinmatsu ZDP-189 Nakiri Silver comes as the culmination of a decade’s worth of expertise and mastery of Japanese knife forging, passed down through generations within the Suncraft smithy. ZDP-189 steel knives are extremely rare and are made by Suncraft specifically for SharpEdge.
Kouhei-Shinmatsu ZDP-189 Nakiri Silver comes as the culmination of a decade’s worth of expertise and mastery of Japanese knife forging, passed down through generations within the Suncraft smithy. ZDP-189 steel knives are extremely rare and are made by Suncraft specifically for SharpEdge.
Kouhei-Shinmatsu ZDP-189 Nakiri Silver comes as the culmination of a decade’s worth of expertise and mastery of Japanese knife forging, passed down through generations within the Suncraft smithy. ZDP-189 steel knives are extremely rare and are made by Suncraft specifically for SharpEdge.
Kouhei-Shinmatsu ZDP-189 Nakiri Silver 170mm (6.7")

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Kouhei-Shinmatsu ZDP-189 Nakiri Silver 170mm (6.7")

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Kouhei-Shinmatsu ZDP-189 Nakiri Silver 170mm (6.7") comes as the culmination of a decade’s worth of expertise gained through selling and working with knives on our part, and the knowledge and mastery of Japanese knife forging passed down through generations within the Suncraft smithy.

ZDP-189 steel knives are extremely rare and are made by Suncraft specifically for SharpEdge. It is a special powder steel, the production of which is extremely expensive and complex, so availability is extremely limited.

Due to our continued and successful collaboration with Suncraft, we decided to honor the founders of the smithy by naming this line of knives after them: Kouhei (耕平) Kawashima, who started Suncraft more than 70 years ago, and his father, Shinmatsu (新松)

ZDP-189 steel has stood the test of time as the ultimate kitchen knife steel and remains a favorite among professional chefs, as well as aspiring home cooks. Therefore, we felt it was appropriate that this nakiri was forged out of the most hard-core (literally) steel! Coming in at 65-67 HRC on the Rockwell scale, these knives are easily one of the hardest knives on offer, so their edge retention is second to none.

In combination with the subtle hammered finish (tsuchime) adorning the blade and the beautiful octagon rosewood handle, these qualities make this nakiri a sure winner!

BLADE SHAPE:
Nakiri is a traditional Japanese knife with a square, thin blade and a deep, flat belly. Since the entire flat edge of the knife touches the cutting board at once, in one clean, vertical movement, there is no need for a horizontal pull or push. This also means that you won’t be turning the vegetable into an “accordion” of pieces still clinging together by a thread. Due to its characteristics, it’s mostly intended to be used for chopping veg, but you can still use it as a good all-rounder in the kitchen.

STEEL:
This knife was forged out of ZDP-189 steel, which falls into the powder steel category. The ZDP-189 steel has gained a reputation as one of the most technologically advanced steels in Japanese knifemaking, due to its unique characteristics. The carbon (C) content is around 3%, meaning it can be treated to extreme hardness (65-67 HRC), which results in extended sharpness retention. ZDP-189 steel is also highly corrosion resistant due to its high chromium (Cr) content of 20%. Because of its composition, though, it can be hard to treat and forge, so it can only be entrusted to the most experienced blacksmiths.

The steel contains as much as 3% Carbon (C), which is one of the main elements contributing strength and typically found in amounts of up to only 1% in other types of solid steel, while the Chromium (Cr) content, which prevents corrosion, amounts to nearly 20%. It also features 0.60% Tungsten (W), which considerably increases the abrasion resistance of steel, 1.4% Molybdenum (Mo), which helps to preserve the strength and power of steel under variable temperatures, and 0.10% Vanadium (V), the key element in increasing steel strength. Heat treatment produces steel with a hardness of 65-67 HRC.
ZDP-189 composition: C 3.00 % | Cr 20.00 % | W 0.60 % | Mo 1.40 % | V 0.10 % | Mn 0.50 % | Si 0.40 %

Read more on Steel: The Heart of Japanese knives.

LAMINATION:
The technique used to laminate this blade is called san-mai. The core of the blade, which is made of harder (and subsequently more fragile) steel, is sandwiched between two layers of softer steel. This results in a blade that is more flexible, and therefore less prone to breakage and other outside factors.

Read more on Blade construction: Lamination.

GEOMETRY:
It has a double bevel (symmetrical) blade. During use, double-bevel knives slide downwards towards the cutting board without swerving to the side. This results in fluid, even cuts. Double-bevel blades are also much easier to maintain, as they are much easier to sharpen than single-bevel blades.

 Read more on Blade Geometry.

BLADE FINISH:
The upper part of the blade was treated with hammer blows, which resulted in an intricate tsuchime (hammered) finish. The lower half is polished down to the hairline, which is the curvy line marking the border between the laminated part of the blade (jigane) and its core (hagane). The kanji on the blade reads “Kouhei-Shinmatsu 耕平新松", paying homage to the founders of the Suncraft smithy.

→ Read more on Blade construction: Blade finish.

HANDLE:
Traditional rosewood Japanese (Wa) handle with a black pakka wood ferrule. Its octagonal shape makes it especially ergonomic and comfortable to use in either hand.

Blade shape: Nakiri

Steel type: ZDP-189

Blade construction: San-mai / V-edge / tsuchime

Hardness (HRC scale): 65-67

Overall length: 315mm (12.4")

Blade length: 170mm (6.7")

Blade height: 58mm (2.3")

Spine thickness: 1.8mm (0.07")

Weight: 180g (6.3 oz)

Handle length: 128mm (5")

Handle type / wood: Japanese / Rosewood

Kanji on the blade: "Kouhei-Shinmatsu" 耕平新松

Blacksmith: Suncraft

Location of the smithy: Seki / Gifu Prefecture / Japan

☝️ Japanese kitchen knives in our store are handmade from natural materials. Slight variations in color, texture, weight and other dimensions are possible. We try to give a good photographic representation of our products, however computer screen resolution and colors do vary, so products might not look exactly as they are seen on screen.

Blade wear depends on the quality of steel, usage and maintenance of the blade. Japanese knives are made of high-quality steels. Follow these tips to keep your Japanese knife in top-notch shape:

✔ Use a wooden, plastic or rubber cutting board.
✔ After use, wash the knives and wipe them dry.
✔ For storage, use a knife holder or a protective knife sheath (saya).
✔ A good cutting technique is your best bet to prolong sharpness.
✔ Use sharpening stones to sharpen the knife.

❗️Don’t leave the knife in the sink. Wash it by hand.
❗️Don’t wash the knife in the dishwasher.
❗️Don’t use the knife on glass, ceramics, marble or steel surfaces.
❗️Don’t scrape the food off the cutting board with the edge of the blade. Use the spine of the knife instead.
❗️Knife is a tool intended for specific use - cutting food. It is not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc.

→ For more details, read our guide
on
Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.

🤙 Contact us if you need some help. We reply within 1 business day.

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- flat worldwide rate with DHL Express (express delivery, 2-5 business days).
- FREE - all orders over €300 (DHL Express).

EXCEPTIONS:
- United Kingdom
- shipping to UK costs €15. All orders are shipped with UPS Express (2-3 business days). Free shipping on orders over €300.
- Russia (currently not available) - shipping to Russia costs €40. All orders are shipped with EMS postal service.

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We ship all orders DDP (duties & taxes paid). This means you will not be charged for any import fees and taxes (including VAT). All our prices are final. The price you see at checkout is the final price, no hidden costs.

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1-2 business days
- US & Canada: 2-4 business days
- Rest of the World: 3-5 business days

RETURNS:
Our return policy lasts 30 days. If more than 30 days have gone by since the day you received your order, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.

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✔️ Instructions and knife care leaflet.
✔️ A preventive Band-Aid – the knives are very sharp! 😉
✔️ Original box from the blacksmith, which we wrap in an old Japanese newspaper sheet – so every knife is ready to be passed on as a gift as soon as it hits your doorstep!
✔️ We also offer a special gift wrapping option with the traditional Japanese washi paper.

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