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Selecting Your Zwilling J.A. Henckels Nakiri Knife

Build your collection of knives with a Zwilling J.A. Henckels nakiri knife. This versatile blade style makes an appearance in more Western kitchens than ever now, especially since European cutlers have started producing the unique knife for their collectors. If you've already got a block or drawer full of Zwilling knives, this is an excellent companion to your sets. For those who are newly interested in Eastern or high-quality cutlery, a nakiri is a fantastic choice for everyday expansion of your culinary skills.

Knowing How to Shop for An Eastern Knife

Even though Zwilling is a German cutler, its range of Eastern-inspired knives preserves the important touch points of a nakiri to offer a knife that has the same integrity as any other Eastern cutlery.

  • Discover the difference in blade angles. The santoku, another popular essential knife from Japan, has a single bevel on one side of the blade. This is typical of Eastern styles.
  • The nakiri actually has a double bevel. This is because the nakiri is a chopping knife and the bevels help ensure even slices as long as you cut carefully.
  • The way to use these knives is a little different than Western knives. The typical rocking motion you use with a chef's knife usually doesn't apply, although Zwilling has a clever work-around if this is your favored technique.

Building Your Eastern Knife Skills

The way you cut with an Asian knife like a nakiri is a little different than your usual Western style. Develop your hand with the nakiri to be able to make exciting new dishes or garnishes for yourself and your family.

  • The intended use of this knife is chopping, particularly through vegetables, including leafy ones.
  • If you've only ever used a chef's knife or a utility knife from a European cutler, you may think of chopping as what is really a rocking technique. This is when the spear tip of the knife mostly rests on your cutting board and you roll the knife back and forth as the blade cuts.
  • A true chop is actually a clean cut in a downward motion. To get match sticks or other smaller cuts, chop quickly, relying on the wrist and, to a lesser extent, the elbow to create a rapid up-and-down.

If you're in love with the rocking technique, you can still enjoy the benefits of the extra-sharp Eastern blade with Zwilling's Pro series. This collection features a rocking santoku that makes clean cuts every time.

For a traditional profile, shop the series and select the classic sheep's foot blade with a rounded top edge and flat blade edge.

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