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Enso Nakiri Knife - Made in Japan - HD Series - VG10 Hammered Damascus Japanese Stainless Steel - 6.5"

Enso Nakiri Knife - Made in Japan - HD Series - VG10 Hammered Damascus Japanese Stainless Steel - 6.5"

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Nakiri Knife Japanese Stainless Steel

This Nakiri Knife from Enso is expertly crafted in Japan using premium VG10 37-layer stainless steel, ensuring superior edge retention. Its stunning hammered (tsuchime) finish adds a touch of elegance, while its Rockwell Hardness of 61° further highlights its quality. 

The hand-ground double-bevel edge, with an angle of approximately 12°, allows for ambidextrous use. Meanwhile, the black canvas micarta handle, adorned with three stainless steel rivets and an end cap, offers a secure and comfortable grip. With a 6.5" blade length, 1.75" blade height, 12" overall length, 2mm spine thickness at the heel, and a weight of 8.2 oz. (232g), this knife is truly a masterpiece. As with all Enso knives, this one is handcrafted in Seki City, Japan and comes with a lifetime warranty.

 

Blade Material: VG-10 Hammered Damascus Stainless Steel
Brand: Enso
Handle Material: Micarta
Blade Edge: Plain
ASSESSMENT AS OF: JANUARY 2024

HOW TO GET STARTED

Any product that can last a lifetime and can be passed down from generation to generation is inherently less wasteful. These knives are a buy-once-and-forget-it solution. Buy less and buy better. In addition, the knife will encourage more at-home cooking which means less packaged goods wrapped in single-use materials.

EMBRACE

  1. Can easily last over 100 years even with regular use
  2. Made in Japan close to its primary market
  3. Steel is infinitely recyclable and does not impact the environment as it degrades

Noteworthy Product Attributes

  1. These knives will actually encourage you to cook more
  2. Cooking more means fresh food, less processed food, and less single-use packaging
  3. These knives can be sharpened over and over again for a lifetime

AVOID PRODUCT TYPE

AVOID

  1. Many of these quality knives are effectively disposable
  2. Difficult to sharpen and hold an edge
  3. Have plastic handles and end up in the trash
  4. Can't be recycled because of the mix of materials

Overall Sustainability Score - 89 / 100

Score Breakdown

Manufacturing (Score - 9/10) -
The country of origin is Japan. Fine steel takes a lot of energy to manufacture. However, the product's longevity makes up for the upfront investment.

Distribution (Score - 7/10) -
Distribution is traditionally not far from the target market.

Cost (Score - 5/10) - Cost is notably higher than other similar knives.

Packaging (Score - 9/10) -  Packaging is nearly all paperboard or cardboard.

Effectiveness (Score - 9/10) - Extremely comfortable knife to use and very sharp.

Lifespan (Score - 10/10) - WIll last a lifetime. An heirloom product that can be handed down to future generations.

Fun (Score - 10/10) - Encourages cooking by making cooking fun.

Relevance (Score - 10/10) -  Perfect for nearly any cutting job in the kitchen. For factor is easier to use than traditional chef's knives.

Disposal (Score - 10/10) -  The knife is made of steel and the handle is made of lacquered canvas. The product will not leach microplastics into the environment.

Recycling (Score - 9/10) - Steel is infinitely recyclable. Handle is micarta which is difficult to recycle. However, the longevity of the product makes up for this component.