Blenheim Forge

XL Nakiri

$390.00

XL Nakiri

$390.00

The depth and thin grind makes this blade ideal for vegetable prep. The wide, flat edged blade is perfect for downward chopping and dicing.

Blade length:
180mm
Handle:
English Walnut, solid copper ferrule
Overall Length:
320mm
Blade:
Folded Iron clad, Japanese Blue Paper Steel
Blade Thickness:
4mm tapers quickly to 2-1.5mm
Suitable for:
Vegetables
CURRENT LEAD TIME:

Please allow 2 working days to process and ship your order. Special editions can take up to 3-4 weeks to process.

Out of stock

XL Nakiri

The whole team has been working on this limited run, with our various specialists taking on their own areas of the work. These versatile vegetable choppers are made from the same combination of materials as our Classic Range knives: Folded Iron-clad Japanese Blue Paper Steel for the blades and English Walnut and Solid copper for the handles. This steel combination is a blend we have been working with since very early on in our bladesmithing careers. The Blue Paper Steel core is an alloy that is well-suited to traditional hand-forging techniques, and once finished, offers a very hard, fine edge, which is still incredibly easy to sharpen. The cladding is a tougher, more flexible combination of two low-carbon steels, which supports the core steel and has an intricate rippling grain running through it. The current batch of Walnut is from a 200-year-old tree that fell during a storm in the grounds of the house where Guy Fawkes plotted his infamous Gunpowder Plot. It was milled and seasoned by a local charity, Goldfinch Furniture, who train local young people who have fallen out of conventional education to mill timber and build furniture. Not only does it have an unusual provenance, but it is also some of the most well-figured and dark-grained walnut we have ever come across.

We are currently offering free shipping for all UK orders over £100. UK orders are shipped via Royal Mail and will require an adult signature on arrival. Collection option is also available just email us at: info@blenheimforge.co.uk. Please allow up to 2 working days to process the order, once the order is ready for collection you’ll receive ‘Order fulfilled’ email and can collect it from Arch 228, Blenheim Grove SE15 4QL, Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm.

International Shipping

We charge £10 per order for international shipping. We ship orders using Royal Mail International or FedEx/DHL courier services for larger orders. If you would like to request a special shipping courier please send us an email to: info@blenheimforge.co.uk. Once your order is shipped, we will send you a tracking number and link to track your package.

Please note – international orders can take up to 3-4 weeks to arrive, depending on the country and its customs procedures. This means that shipping may be delayed due to circumstances out of our control

International Taxes and Duties

We don’t cover customs fees, duty taxes and import fees and these are the recipient’s responsibility. We can only guarantee the safety of the product in transit up to the point of the recipient’s country’s customs office. After that point we have no way to guarantee the clearance of the item through customs, or delivery via your local postal system. Duty fees might have to be paid before your order is released from customs.

We will address any issues with workmanship or quality as long as the knife has been used in normal conditions and according to the care instructions supplied. The guarantee only applies if the product has not been used for purposes other than those for which they were intended, nor do we cover damage due to improper or unreasonable use. However we do understand that accidents happen and we will always do our best to get a knife back on the road if possible.

We accept returns and exchanges up to 14 days after delivery, please email info@blenheimforge to arrange. For a full refund goods must be returned unused, in the original packaging with proof of purchase within 14 days of delivery.

Each knife is packaged with care, in a branded Blenheim Forge card box. The blade is protected with a card sheath and we include full care instructions for each blade.

How to clean my knife? Do not place your knife in the dishwasher, wash by hand only & dry immediately.

How to store my knife? Never place your knife loosely or unprotected in a drawer with other steel utensils, this can damage and chip the blade. We recommend wooden, magnetic knife rack or leather sheath for storage.

What should I do if my blade becomes dull? How quickly your knife becomes dull depends on how much you use it. To keep your knife at peak performance and to maximise its lifespan, it’s best to resharpen it using Japanese whetstones. We also recommend using a leather strop between sharpening sessions. Stropping is great for removing a burr after sharpening on whetstones and also for re-aligning a rolled edge. We are also offering free knife sharpening for any Blenheim Forge knife.

How to sharpen Blenheim Forge knives? Regular maintenance using a 800 grit stone followed by a 3000-6000 grit polishing stone is our preferred method as it is not only fast, but should remove minimum material leaving a mirror like razor sharp edge. We recommend KING combination stones or the Shapton Pro series. 
We don’t recommend using honing steels, pull through sharpeners or other domestic sharpeners on our knives, as they are far coarser than suitable whetstones, and don’t cleanly remove the fatigued metal from the blade, reducing the edge retention and overall sharpness of your knives. Check out our demo below on how to sharpen your knife with a combination stone or for a more in-depth introduction join us on one of our Sharpening Classes.

What should I do if my knife is rusting? It’s important to recognise whether the blade is rusting, or if it is starting to develop patina. It’s normal for the surface of carbon steel to change colour when cutting wet or acidic foods. Over time blades tend to take on brown or blue hues, but this is patina rather than rust, and if properly maintained will actually protect the blade from rusting. If rusting does occur it can be removed by lightly scrubbing with a scourer or fine wire wool. Treating the blade with a food safe oil (for example vegetable, olive or linseed oil) after washing will help protect it, a key thing to remember is to make sure there is absolutely no moisture left on the blade before oiling it. In time, and with use, the blade will develop a protective outer layer (patina) that helps prevent it from rusting.

The blade of my knife is changing colour and staining food, what should I do? It is normal for carbon steels to react to food, especially when cutting acidic ingredients such as red cabbage or onions. This is especially noticeable when the knife is new and has not had time to develop a protective patina. Regular wiping of the blade with kitchen towel during food prep is recommended as this limits the time for the blade to react, over time the steel will stabilise and become less reactive. Any staining on the blade can be removed with either a pan scourer and a small amount of bicarbonate of soda, or Bar Keeper’s Friend applied to a damp cloth.

Classic Range
The Classic Range knives have a Japanese Blue Paper Steel core with folded iron cladding. These knives are made from carbon steel, which provides a very fine edge that sharpens easily. It’s normal for the surface of carbon steel to change colour when cutting wet or acidic foods. In time, and with use, the blade will develop a protective outer layer (patina) that helps prevent it from rusting. The Classic range blades are all left with a beautifully textured forge finish, and the handles are made from English Walnut with a solid copper ferrule.

Stainless Clad Range
The Stainless Clad range blades have a Japanese Blue Paper Super Steel core with a stainless steel cladding and forged finish. These blades are hand forged with a similar high-performance Japanese steel to our Classic Range but are simpler to look after because they have a stainless cladding on the outside, making the majority of the blade resistant to corrosion. The Stainless Range handles are made of fumed oak with a solid brass ferrule. Both Classic and Stainless Clad Range blades are entirely hand forged and tempered to a high hardness resulting in an enhanced cutting ability with great edge retention. 

Our materials

Sustainably sourced materials

The use of sustainable materials in the creation of our knives has always been important to us. We only use native hardwoods for the handles, with the traceability of its source a high priority. Our main supplier is the charity Goldfinch. Based in Bermondsey, they mill and season timber sourced from within London, mainly from windfallen trees. Within the knife making industry as with most manufacturing there is a huge amount of waste in terms of both energy and materials. We focus on efficiency at every stage of our process, forging as close as possible to the finished dimensions not only helps our blades’ performance it also means we make the most from our precious Japanese laminated steel. We also believe that the longevity of a product is just as important – even if something is made from materials with the greenest credentials they are worth nothing if it is thrown away or replaced in a couple of years. We make our blades with the aim for each one to be cherished for years to come, with ease of sharpening and maintenance at the forefront of our material selection and design process.