Akazawa Black Style Chou-Ao Wa-Nakiri 165mm

Recommended for Either a Junior Chef or Head Chef
Price: $198.00
After Discount: $178.20
Availability Out of stock

Sakai Akazawa’s Black Style line is comprised of “wa-knives”—those knives whose blade design originated in Western countries but that is equipped with a traditional, Eastern handle that is embedded with a buffalo horn bolster. The blade steels in this series vary from White Steel (WS) and Super Blue Steel (SBS). Both steels are high-carbon steels, and every blade steel has its high-carbon steel “sandwiched” in between two layers of stainless steel, thereby keeping the high-carbon steel in the blade from rusting and making the knives in this line of a “stainless” variety.

Disclaimer: The edge of the blades in this line are prone to rusting because they are not “sandwiched” in between two layers of stainless-steel and are instead crafted solely from Super Blue Steel. They were purposefully made this way in order to improve the edge sharpness of the knives.

Recommendation: The knives in this series are recommended for all line-cooks and chefs of all levels because they are easy to care for and are a very practical tool in a professional kitchen. Nonetheless, we recommend that those who purchase these knives enjoy working with Eastern handles as opposed to Western handles and have good sharpening skills.


  • HRC:  64
  • Blade: Double Bevel
  • Stain-Resistant Ability:  No
  • Blade Length: 165mm
  • Handle Material: Ebony Buffalo Horn handle
  • Steel Type: Super blue steel
  • Style: Wa-Nakiri
  • Classification:  Black Style(Kurouchi)
  • Cover: No
  • Handmade Details: ★★★
  • Condition: New