Kai Traditional Wear-Resistant Nakiri Knife, 6.5-Inch

Last updated: December 1, 2022

We looked at the top Nakiri Knives and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Nakiri Knife you should buy.

Product Details

In our analysis of 32 expert reviews, the Kai Traditional Wear-Resistant Nakiri Knife, 6.5-Inch placed 14th when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The perfect knife for effortlessly chopping vegetables, the Wasabi Black Nakiri knife will made quick work of all your vegetable prep. Many of the Wasabi line of knives are made in the traditional Japanese blade styling (such as the Nakiri, Deba, and Yanigiba shapes). Each knife features unsurpassed cutting performance due to the Daido 1K6 high-carbon, stainless which maintains superior edge retention. Although it has a traditional blade-style (shape), it is paired with a uniquely modern handle material, polypropylene blended with bamboo powder, and impregnated with an antibacterial agent for super clean food preparation.

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Sharp and well balanced
The blade has high edge retention features
Made of high carbon stainless steel
Made of Daido 1K6 carbon stainless steel, its blade has exceptional sharpness and strength. It has superb edge retention that gives you precise cuts.
The handle is made from polypropylene and this Japanese-made knife comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
What is unique about this knife is that it is catered to fit various techniques in slicing. This means that no matter how you hold or use it, it can easily adapt to the user and not the other way around. This Japanese knife is double-beveled and centered which is a great knife for both right-handed and left-handed cooks.
Synthetic polypropylene handle for balance and durability that has been treated with antimicrobial agents for a clean sanitary kitchen.
It is made up of Daido 1K6 high-carbon no-stain steel that is capable enough for retaining superb edge retention. Talking about the blades, they are bead-blasted for a pretty finish.

What reviewers didn't like

The plastic handle does feel a little cheap
It is not a forged knife
Not suitable for rough chopping
Suitable only for delicate chopping
Plastic handle eventually cracks and breaks
not ideal for beginners
View our Nakiri Knife buying guide for in-depth advice and recommendations.

From our partners