ONE’S KNIFE: A Unique take on the Nakiri Vegetable Knife

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The ONE’S KNIFE is a multi-functional knife that works not only well on vegetables but also with meat and fish, as well as being able to handle crushing and tapping certain vegetables. This is a knife that we hope is able to be used in a wide range of homes, both in Japan and abroad! So why is it a must have?

Hokuriku Aluminium 北陸アルミニウム
Hokuriku Aluminium

2020.12.11

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The ONE’S KNIFE is a multi-functional knife that works not only well on vegetables but also with meat and fish, as well as being able to handle crushing and tapping certain vegetables. This is a knife that we hope is able to be used in a wide range of homes, both in Japan and abroad! So why is it a must have?

Hokuriku Aluminium 北陸アルミニウム
Hokuriku Aluminium

2020.12.11

The ONE’S KNIFE is a multi-functional knife that works not only well on vegetables but also with meat and fish, as well as being able to handle crushing and smashing certain vegetables.

This is a knife that we hope that will be useful in a wide range of homes, both in Japan and abroad!

So why is it a must have?

With a blade that is wide, weighted towards the tip and is also pointed, it allows for a comfortable grip while chopping.

It means that the blade does most of the work, letting you keep a smooth rhythm for a better cut.

This is a standard characteristic of the Nakiri blades as well as Chinese cleavers, meaning that cutting vegetables is extremely easy.

For some veggies, trying to just use the handle of your standard kitchen knife to get through the hard outside just won’t cut it. You will find that trying to transfer power through the blade of other knives is quite difficult. With the ONE’S KNIFE, the top of the pointed end of the knife has a convex shape meaning that it fits well in the palm of your hand. This allows for you to use your other hand to control the power and slice through with ease!

The balled end lets it snuggly fit into the hand allowing for easy cutting action

What’s more due to the width, when you’re done, you can scoop the vegetables up easily and place them wherever they need to go.

The ONE’S KNIFE was created with use at home being the ideal situation. It allows the general home-chef to get their way through any situation that is normally found when cooking and is easy to use for any cook! It is wider than normal chefs knives that gives an extra benefit of being safer for the general user.

Chefs that cook Chinese cuisine, said to be in the top three popular cuisines in the world, use Chinese knives that have a lot of functionality and gives them an edge over other knives.

The knives have a large width, allowing them to cut vegetables easily, from top to bottom with no problems, as well as cut meat, fish, and vegetables with no power necessary.


But many Chinese cleavers are extremely large and heavy, meaning that they aren’t so great to have in a home environment.

For some, this size puts people off this extremely popular, functional knife. So by taking all the great characteristics of a Chinese cleaver and blending it with another popular vegetable cutting knife, the Japanese Nakiri, we hopefully have created a knife that is amazingly easy to use at home. 

In order to do so, we consulted with Wu Wen, a Chinese Home Culinary Expert that hails from China, and has lived in Japan since 1990. She specialises in Chinese Home Cooking and looks to introduce not only cooking techniques but also looks to invite people to learn about Chinese culture, and make a bridge between Japan and China.

She has worked to bring Chinese cuisine to the forefront of Japanese peoples' minds, and has authored a variety of cookbooks in order to help Japanese people understand the cuisine even more. 

A collection of books that Wu Wen has authored
Look at the juices flow as we cut through this delectable meat!

This knife isn’t just great for vegetables and fruit, you can also use it to great effect on a variety of meats and fish, cooked or uncooked. It can always be a nuisance when you have to use multiple utensils when cooking, but with this knife, you can buy one of those juicy looking pieces of meat and cut it along with the rest of your ingredients. 

Succulent meat ready to be cooked to perfection!

Mince, cut, and dice with this incredibly useful tool.

This means that you only need to reach for one knife when chopping both meat and vegetables. Why not choose this blade and recreate a traditional Japanese dish of Pork Katsu Curry, all with one knife perfect for cutting all the necessary ingredients.

Chinese cleavers have a great hidden ability to them, the ability to smash vegetables.

With the ONE’S KNIFE being a wide bladed knife, it also lends itself to doing this as well! As well as having a big width, the manufacturing process of the knife also helps with durability for smashing that veg!

By using it on harder stemmed vegetables such as asparagus or burdock, or even on things like garlic, you can unlock the hidden potential of these vegetables. Asparagus that has been smashed like this, allows for the vegetable to have flavours soak in easily!

This tip comes in handy especially when trying to cut delicately or intricately. A normal Nakiri is rounded at the tip and while a Chinese Cleaver has a sharp tip, its large width size makes it hard to make these precise cuts.

This means that when it comes to cooking dishes that require special delicate cuts, it is always up to the task. 

The core of the knife is a hard cobalt steel alloy, that allows it to cut perfectly into ingredients. Due to the shape of the blade itself, ingredients don’t stick to it as it cuts through and looking at the cross-section of the blade you can see why, with it having a distinct, clam-like  shape.

The hard cobalt steel alloy gives it a lasting quality and excellent sharpness. The outer layer of the knife is a 13 Chrome Stainless Steel which allows for durability, rust resistance and makes it hard to break.

<A material that will keep its sharpness and is resistant to rust>

Due to the cobalt steel alloy found in the middle of the blade, it is extremely resistant to rusting and has an amazing sharpness to it. 

Damascus knives, known also to be high quality knives, also uses this as a core material, due to the reliability of the material. 

For those that want to have, and keep, a sharp knife, this cobalt steel alloy is a must!

<The secret behind the sharpness>

The hard core is highly concentrated with carbon which helps to increase its hardness, as well as giving it a resistance against wear and tear. This means that the sharpness is there to last. 

What's more, the sides of the knife is a flexible stainless steel enclosing this hard centre, making this knife even more harder and persistent.

Finally the forged core has been created so that the structure of the metal and the durability is lengthened.

<Use of cobalt>

During the forging process of steel, carbon is lost, so cobalt is used to keep this lose to a minimum. 

By doing so, the steel can be forged to be of the highest quality. 


<Specifications>

[Knife] Cobalt Steel Alloy core with layered 13 Chrome Stainless Steel outer lining.

[Handle] Reinforced laminate

[Knife Edge] Double- edged (Usable for both left and right handed users)

The ONE’S KNIFE is a great knife to have at home, and will be something you will reach for automatically when you go to cut after using it once.

This blended knife mixing the best parts of a Japanese Nakiri and Chinese Cleaver is a great blade for any home that loves to cook, or even those that just need a multipurpose blade!

 中国菜SHIN-PEI 

Owner: Shinpei Nakata(中田 真平)

Born in Osaka in 1981, Shinpei Nakata studied at culinary school before heading to work at a major Chinese restaurant called "Seiran". From there he undertook the challenge to open his own restaurant and opened in November 2015. 

He graciously used the ONE'S KNIFE for a while and gave us these comments:

"It is a great size for use at home and would be more than suitable for home cooks, and because it’s not too large, it would also be great for women to use as well as men."

You can read his full interview in the FAQ!

 You can find his restaurant at:

1-1-18 Utsubohonmachi, Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Nichiho CUBE Utsubohonmachi No. 3


We're offering the ONE'S KNIFE at 3 different discount levels, with 2 separate delivery dates due to the time it takes to manufacture. The first wave of orders will be sent in January 2021, with the second wave being sent in March 2021.

Hokuriku Aluminium is an aluminium product manufacturer that has been running for the past 90 years or so, with it having its origins in producing cooking utensils. Since 1930, they have been producing high-quality aluminium cooking utensils, building materials and furniture etc., in the famous metalworking town of Takaoka in Toyama Prefecture.

In December 2018, Hokuriku Aluminium was chosen as a regional future leader, by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.

A regional future leader is selected on the virtue of being a company that creates products of high quality that also encompasses the characteristics of the region and helps to create an economic boom for the local economy.

HP:https://hokua.com/


This Project is promoted by Japankuru Funding, Bringing Japanese Products to the West!

Risks and challenges

About shipping schedule: With the Coronavirus still affecting worldwide distribution, there is a chance that deliveries will be delayed. We ask for your understanding in regards to this. As for the delivery of the knives, we are trying to make sure there are no problems when it comes to shipping, but customs in each country is different, so some countries may take longer to deliver the knife. We are preparing as best we can but we do ask for your understanding. About import fees: In regards, to the import costs, as with other projects, import costs are handled on the side of the backer. These fees are not included in the price of the reward, so please keep this in mind when backing. About refunds: We unfortunately can't offer refunds after the end of the project. We ask for your understanding in this circumstance.

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Hokuriku Aluminium is an aluminium product manufacturer that has been running for the past 90 years or so, with it having its origins in producing cooking utensils. Since 1930, they have been producing high-quality aluminium cooking utensils, building materials and furniture etc., in the famous metalworking town of Takaoka in Toyama Prefecture.

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