The Hezhen Nakiri comes with Damascus layers, which adds to the aesthetic. The Sycamore wooden handle is nicely polished and goes seamlessly through the bolster. At the but of the handle, they have added a mosaic rivet.
Hezhen Nakiri 10Cr15comov Core Material
The Hezhen Nakiri comes with a 10cr15comov core material with a claimed Rockwell hardness of around 60 to 62. The core material sits between a Japanese VG10 and AUS10 in terms of sharpness and durability.
Edge durability & sharpened angle
The knife is sharpened at a 15-degree angle per side. This angle gives the knife extra durability without sacrificing the sharpness. You should be aware that you should not cut through hard things like bones or frozen food since that will significantly increase the chances of chipping the edge.
With a Rockwell of 60 to 62, the knife can hold the edge for around 5 to 7 months with regular honing sessions before needing whetstone maintenance.
Weight and Spine tapering
The knife has no distal spine tapering, which is typical for a Nakiri. The thickness across the spine is 2mm with a weight of 228grams.
Hezhen Nakiri Flex
The Nakiri from Hezhen is pretty stiff, and there is no noticeable flex during use.
Because of the handle design, the most comfortable grip is a pinch grip at the handle. You can still hold it in the bolster area, but you won’t benefit from the handle design.
Knife balance point
The balance point of this knife is at the front. If you pinch grip at the bolster or the handle, the knife will be front-heavy.
The blade has a gently curved belly in the middle. It is not too pronounced. You are still able to rock on herbs or mince on other types of food.
With the pinch grip at the handle or bolster, you still have enough knuckle clearance. However, you will lose the clearance with a thump grip.
Fit and Finish
The fit and finish were great, the packaging was good, and there is no sharp edges or protrusions.
Final Conclusion and my Recommendation
After testing this knife, I can say that Hezhen is one of the select few that does a good job with the 10cr15comov core material. What you should consider before buying the master series is the handle design. If you are a pinch gripper at the blade or bolster, the handle design from the master series would not be your ideal choice. While it is still possible, I think that other handle designs would fit you better. If you already use a pinch grip at the handle, then the master series from Hezehn is something you can consider buying.
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