The nakiri knife is a traditional Japanese-style vegetable cleaver ideal for chopping and prepping everything from eggplant to endive.
Buy Nakiri knives at ZWILLING
With our Nakiri knives you get extraordinary cutting utensils combining sharpness, handling and design. Japanese knives from MIYABI and ZWILLING take you and your kitchen to another level when it comes to preparing all types of vegetables. You often need a separate knife for carrots, tomatoes or anything that has green leaves. But this “leaf cutter” — which is what Nakiri means — is a knife for anything green, red or yellow! Find out all that’s important about Nakiri knives now in our range: the special steel they are made of and why they can be a real highlight of your kitchen.
What does Nakiri actually mean?
Nakiri knives already have vegetables in the name, as it literally means leaf or vegetable cutter. So it describes what you can best use Nakiri knives from ZWILLING and MIYABI for. And to cut anything that has leaves, the Nakiri knife has a blade that is ideal for working with vegetables. A fine blade that enables precision cutting so that you can prepare vegetables to the exact millimeter.
How are Nakiri knives to handle?
As finely as the Nakiri knife cuts vegetables, it is visually reminiscent of a cleaver that would be used in preparing meat. At the same time however, there are huge differences in its use, as the Nakiri knife has a fine blade with which you can carry out really fine work. In addition the knife’s extra-sharp blade is accompanied by an ergonomic handle. That’s a team that ensures visually balanced cutting, but is not suitable for hashing.
All you need to know about the Nakiri knife’s blade
Now, let’s go into the blade of our Nakiri knife a little more, as naturally there are still a few interesting things to know. The blades are ground on both sides and enable really wafer-thin, millimeter-accurate slicing of vegetables, herbs and also meat and fish, if you want. High-quality steel has been processed and precision-forged. The result is that your Nakiri knife from ZWILLING or MIYABI is corrosion-resistant and resilient, while being flexible to hold at the same time.
A very special knife, also suitable for beginners
Our Nakiri knives have many properties that professional chefs from Japan to Germany appreciate, but they are also suitable for beginners and amateur cooks. The knives are relatively heavy, which makes them more accessible and easier to handle for the inexperienced. In addition, thanks to their outstanding properties, Nakiri knives enable cutting performance at the professional level when preparing vegetables and other dishes.
Nakiri knives from MIYABI — originals from Japan
Our products in this category combine, in particular, the advantages from two worlds of knives as Nakiri knives combine Japanese knife art with German engineering. You can buy Nakiri knives from ZWILLING, made in Solingen, or Miyabi knives, made in Japan. The latter can be unmistakably recognized in the ZWILLING online store by the typical Japanese design on their ground blades. Each one is unique, even in your knife block!