MAC Nakiri 165mm (6.5")
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The MAC Nakiri 165 mm is a traditional Japanese knife specially designed for cutting vegetables. The blade is made of MAC molybdenum steel and is easy to use due to its exceptional corrosion resistance. The knife has an ergonomically designed western handle made of laminated pakka wood.
These features make the MAC Nakiri 165mm knife suitable as a first Japanese knife for all vegetable lovers and also a great gift.
Nakiri is a Japanese knife that was made specifically for preparing vegetables and herbs. It is one of the oldest and most commonly used kitchen knives in Japan. The name Nakiri or Nakiri bōchō means "leaf cutter" in Japanese. Due to its flat cutting edge and square tip, the shape of the Nakiri knife enables efficient chopping and slicing, making it the most suitable choice for chefs who prepare large amounts of vegetables daily. The straight edge of the blade ensures optimal and stable contact with the cutting surface and enables fluid movement for excellent blade control and precise work. The hole in the blade serves to hang the knife for easy storage and better hygiene.
The blade is thin, light, flexible, and easy to sharpen, and has excellent edge retention. It is made of molybdenum stainless steel with a hardness of 58-59 HRC, which boasts excellent rust resistance and is easy to maintain.
→ Read more about blade maintenance here.
Single-layer steel (monosteel) is not laminated, the entire blade is made of one type of steel. The advantage of such a blade is better resistance to scratches, since the outer surface is made of hard steel. The single-layer steel blade is pattern-free and minimalistic in design.
The knife has a double bevel grind (symmetrical), which allows for smooth and even cutting. Nakiri is versatile, easy to use, and suitable for various cutting techniques. Double-edged knives are also much easier to maintain, as they are much easier to sharpen than single-edged knives.
The blade has a high gloss migaki finish. It is a simple, minimalistic blade. The surface of the knife is thinned and polished during the manufacturing process to expose the smooth and shiny surface of the knife. Such a finished look minimizes damage to the food cells during cutting, so it is suitable for the most delicate tasks.
The western-style handle is made of pakka wood and has excellent hardness and durability. Due to its ergonomic shape, it fits perfectly in both the left and right hand. The distribution of weight between the handle and the blade allows comfortable work and easy handling of the knife.
MAC knives are made in the city of Seki in the Gifu area, by twenty master craftsmen. They were founded in 1965 by Mr. Tasuo Kobayashi. Their mission is to make knives that are safer, sharper, lighter, and more comfortable to use. They also make knives safe for children. Their knives are made of high carbon (C) steel with additions of chromium (Cr), vanadium (V), molybdenum (Mo) and tungsten (W). The result is an incredibly sharp blade with a hardness of approx. 59 HRC, sharpened at an extremely sharp angle of 15 degrees, so it stays sharp for a very long time and is easy to sharpen again. MAC knives are known for their exceptional balance and are therefore very suitable for professional use.
Blade shape: Nakiri
Steel type: Molybdenum Vanadium steel
Blade construction: Monosteel
Hardness (HRC scale): 58-59
Overall length: 290mm (11.4")
Blade length: 163mm (6.4")
Blade height: 46mm (1.8")
Spine thickness: 1.1mm (0.04")
Weight: 110g (3.9 oz)
Handle length: 119mm (4.7")
Handle type / wood: Western / Pakka wood
Kanji on the blade:
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.
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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.
Each knife comes with:
✔️ 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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