Kai 6716N Wasabi Black Nakiri Knife, 6.5-Inch

Last updated date: June 9, 2020

DWYM Score
8.8

Kai 6716N Wasabi Black Nakiri Knife, 6.5-Inch

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 47 expert reviews, the Kai Kai 6716N Wasabi Black Nakiri Knife, 6.5-Inch placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 2, 2020:
Checkout The Best Single Knife for a detailed review of all the top single knives.

Expert Summarized Score
9.3
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
1,016 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This special blade also has enhanced edge retention properties. This means that you will hardly ever have to sharpen it. The knife has been double beveled and perfectly centered for enhanced versatility.
- Chef's Resource
This option is made using Daido 1K6 stainless steel with a high carbon content to improve edge retention.
- Best Kitchen Knives Set
Longer than other Nakiris, good width and sharpness, awesome finish, economical, easy to use and maintain, lightweight, no blisters
- PickMyKnife
The handle is made from a combination of bamboo powder and polypropylene and treated with an anti-bacterial agent for hygiene.
- Home KuKu
The knife is made super strong so you’re sure to enjoy this knife for years to come.
- KnifeBuzz
The sharpness is like a razor but is ideal for cutting with perfect balance while easy dicing and slicing.
- Knife Guides
It’s ultra-sharp right out of the box and ready to use without the need for honing
- ReviewPR
Made of Daido 1K6 carbon stainless steel, its blade has exceptional sharpness and strength.
- Decent Home Review
What’s great about the handle is that there is an extension of the metal base of the blade giving a wider wiggle room for your hand to better handle the knife.
- Desired Cuisine
What experts didn't like
Can be rather tricky to sharpen.
- Chef's Resource
A bit cheesy look, not ideal for beginners
- PickMyKnife
It is not a forged knife
- Home KuKu
Shorter blade length may be limiting for some prep jobs
- KnifeBuzz
Not for rough cutting
- Knife Guides
The handle is slimmer than most Nakiri knives and harder to hold onto
- ReviewPR
Suitable only for delicate chopping
- Decent Home Review
Non-stick blade surface
- Desired Cuisine

From The Manufacturer

Born in Seki City, Japan’s famous knife-making capital, the Kai name has meant quality for over 111 years. Today, Kai serves customers worldwide, providing beautiful, high-quality cutlery, cutlery accessories, and other fine products. Each Kai product is backed by a rigorous dedication to quality at every step of the manufacturing process. With this long history of excellence, you can count on Kai products for top quality, state-of-the-art technology, ongoing innovation— and outstanding value.

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An Overview On Single Knives

If you have a knife set in your kitchen, you may not realize the many different purposes your knives serve. That knife set can be useful, likely holding all the cutlery you’ll need if you’re a casual chef. However, there’s a reason those who are seriously pursuing the culinary arts curate a set of knives that includes exactly the blades they’ll need.

The first knife you should buy for your kitchen is a chef’s knife, which is also known as a French knife. This versatile cutting tool features a curved, ridged blade that allows you to set the tip against the cutting board, then pivot to quickly mince items with the rest of the blade. The spine of the blade is used for scraping your ingredients from the board once they’re chopped, while the flat side is ideal for cutting garlic.

You’ll also need a paring knife for peeling and coring fruits and vegetables and a serrated knife for cutting through items like bread and tomatoes. A utility knife is another all-purpose knife that you’ll find yourself reaching for on a regular basis. It’s also handy to have a knife sharpener on hand, which you can purchase and have available for whenever your knives need a little extra life breathed back into them.

You don’t have to invest in a knife set to get storage for your knife set. Sure, you can keep them in a drawer, but that can be dangerous unless you have a shield for the blade. Instead, some prefer a magnetic knife bar, which mounts to the wall and holds your knives in place when you aren’t using them. If you prefer the knife block format, you can buy those that easily hold the knives in your collection, and you can even buy some that fit into your drawer.

DWYM Fun Fact

As long as humans have been around, we’ve had a need to cut into things. In prehistoric times, knives were made of flint, but eventually, daggers were being made from metal. The first single-edged knife came along about 4,000 years ago and was used for hunting, cooking and carpentry. Knives didn’t make their way to the dinner table until about 500 years ago. Prior to that time, people carried their own knives around on a belt-attached sheath. Early knives were so sharp, though, that King Louis XIV of France said they were dangerous, ordering that the points be ground down a little more. That led to the knife design we see today.

The Single Knife Buying Guide

  • The most important feature on a knife is, of course, its blade. Stainless steel is the preferred material since it resists rust and stains after many uses. But some manufacturers use high-carbon stainless steel for a little extra durability.
  • The piece connecting the blade to the handle is called a tang. If a knife is labeled “full tang,” that means the tang runs the length of the handle rather than stopping where the handle begins. A full tang knife will often provide more durability, as you won’t have to worry about the handle and blade breaking apart.
  • If you’re concerned about durability, look at how the handle fastens to the blade and make sure it has the strength to last even when pressure is placed on the blade through repeated chopping sessions.
  • Although you can sharpen a blade, some blades maintain their sharpness better than others. Even more are manufactured in a way that maximizes sharpness to ensure you get the most out of every cut.
  • In most cases, you’ll need to hand wash your knives. As convenient as it can be to toss it in the dishwasher, you’ll find that the blade and, in some cases, the handle can become damaged due to the excessive moisture and heat.
  • The build of the handle plays into how easily you’ll be able to control the knife while you’re using it. Look for one that either has a finger guard or a nonslip handle. An ergonomic handle can keep your hand comfortable while you chop.
  • The weight of the knife comes into play when it comes to both comfort and safety. You’ll want a knife that’s lightweight, but if it’s too lightweight, it may not pack the punch you need when you’re cutting through tougher items.