Nakiri knife, Shirogami 1, Stainless steel clad, nashiji finish - Goko
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Goko Hamono is one of the last remaining forges left in the Tokyo area. It’s a family business that has been operational for around 30 years and in this time they have gained an excellent reputation for their outstanding work.
SHAPE: Santoku. Named after the three best things to do with this knife - slicing, dicing and mincing. It is the classic veg prep knife with both good breadth and width.
STEEL: Shirogami (white paper) 1 steel. This steel has the highest amount of carbon out of the paper steels so will get crazy sharp easily. Due to the non stainless nature of this steel care must be taken to dry the knives properly after use. It is worth noting that this knife has been clad in stainless steel meaning only the exposed core edge will discolour making maintenance a lot easier.
FINISH: Nashiji or pear skin finish. This matt and mottled finish helps with food release and looks very rustic.
HANDLE: Octagonal Rosewood handle with pakkawood ferrule.
MAKER: Goko - Kashiwa city, Japan
BEST FOR: Those wanting the performance of carbon steel but with the ease of use of stainless steel.
SAUNDERS SAYS: "This is great for you push cutters out there with it’s nice flat profile."
These knives are hand-forged so there may be slight variations in measurements and finishes.