Suncraft Nakiri Knife
Suncraft’s modernized 7-inch nakiri takes the classic Japanese blade’s typical rectangular shape and adds a soft, pointed tip for a uniquely useful knife. The blade’s geometry is more arced than a traditional nakiri, which makes it adept at mincing and rock chopping. Despite the curving blade, it retains a nearly consistent broad blade to the tip for finger safety and the ability to scoop chopped foods up to transfer to the mixing bowl or hot skillet. Suncraft’s classically styled “Senzo” line of knives feature AUS-10 steel blade, a tried-and-true knife steel that holds an edge well, is easy to tune up and is highly resistant to corrosion (though as with any knife, should be dried after use). The western-style handles are fashioned from pakkawood, a traditional handle material of wood stabilized with resins, which makes them impervious to water.
Suncraft Senzo Bunka Knife
Suncraft’s Senzo Pro bunka, made in Seki City, Japan, not only looks gorgeous but is a joy to use. At 6.5 inches long, the compact, nimble blade is hand-forged from laminated high-carbon SG2 steel—an alloy forged from a powdered base blend of ingredients balanced for durability, corrosion resistance and edge retention—which means an ultra-durable blade that needs minimal honing and maintenance. The blade edge is subtly curved tip to butt for intuitive, comfortable slicing and the tip makes quick work of mincing onions, shallots and garlic. It’s small enough to use for prep work, like peeling garlic or trimming mushrooms, but is long enough for slicing proteins and dicing big onions or thick carrots. And a finely pointed tip is just right for trimming meats and skinning fruit. The blade is finished with an oversized Pakka wood handle for a secure grip, as well as a mosaic pin—a tell-tale marker of a handmade, premium knife.