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These distinctive knives are the sister series to our popular JCK Natures “Blue Moon" knives and they are expertly handcrafted by the same team of craftsmen. The knives have a traditional hammer forged blade and a dark Kurouchi (“Black forged”) finish that reminded us of the cratered surface of the moon, which inspired us to name them “Black Moon”, which is 黒月 “Kokugetsu” in Japanese.
The knives have a blade core of Hitachi White No.2 Japanese high carbon steel, which is sandwiched between two layers of soft iron. We think the transition between the inky-black Kurouchi finish, the silver-gray soft iron and the brilliant White No.2 steel is particularly attractive. "Black Moon" Kurouchi knives have a very good overall level of fit and finish — just like the "Blue Moon" series — and each one is hand ground and sharpened.
The oval-shaped Charred Chestnut wood handle (Black resin ferrule) is suitable for both right-handed and left-handed users and it beautifully matches the style of the black and silver-gray blade. Charred chestnut wood handles have been used in Japan for centuries because they offer a secure grip, even when your hands are wet.
The Nakiri is a double bevel edged knife that is rectangular in profile and has a tall, thin blade. It is popular throughout Japan and is often used by home cooks for quickly and efficiently chopping, slicing or mincing vegetables and fruit. It is becoming increasingly popular with vegetarians.
Knife Model: JCK Natures Black Moon Series Nakiri
Blade Material: White Steel No.2 Clad
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Oval Shaped Charred Chestnut wood handle with Black Resin Ferrule
Saya Included: No.
Nakiri 165mm (6.4")
Cutting edge length: 160mm
Total Length: 305mm
Blade Thickness: 4.8mm
Blade Width: 49mm
Handle Length: 124mm
Total Weight: 143g
This knife comes with 50/50 double bevel edge geometry for both right and left handed use.
For your information, Japanese Kitchen knives are generally designed for right hand use with a slightly thicker and rounded grinding on the right side blade and a less rounded (almost straight flat) grinding on the left side blade. However, both right and left hander can use the knives that have double bevel edge sharpened 50/50 without problems.
We believe the quality and cutting performance of Japanese knives are the best in the world, and hope you enjoy the fine craftsmanship and its sharp edge of your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for a long time.
This is the Carbon steel blade kitchen knife that can get rust and discolor easily, and requires extra cares and attentions to prevent rust.
I thought the blade had a little too much heft and was too thick but after prolonged use I grew to enjoy using it, great edge can be had and great value.
This knife truely looks stunning. Only the handle could've been ground better so that the gap between wood and resin isn't there but that's only a really small gap anyway. The wood and the texture look amazing and it've become one of my most used knives, especially for cutting vegetables. It stays sharp quite long and is easy to sharpen, all in all I'd reccomend it to anyone looking for a really good budget knife for mainly vegetables.
The Blue Moon Nakiri knife has been a wonderful knife for both value and beauty. A rustic knife that has stayed sharp and has become the favorite knife of everyone that I have gifted one to. These make wonderful gifts for home cooks. A vegetable knife that is a pleasure to work with. Don't hesitate to purchase when these come back in stock. The carbon edge can rust if not properly cared for. Well worth maintaining.
I have purchased several JCK knives from this company for myself as well as to give as gifts. This knife is one of my favorites! Excellent quality, beautiful workmanship, sharp, balanced and overall a great knife! The Japanese really know how to make a great knife!