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Kiritsuke

The lightweight, double bevel edged Kiritsuke might be compared to a combination of the Nakiri and the Sujihiki. It is a very versatile knife that can be used to perform many of the tasks normally done with a Gyuto. The double bevel edged Kiritsuke is available in a variety of different styles, ranging from knives with a blade profile identical to the singe bevel edged Kiritsuke, tall rectangular versions that look like a long Nakiri with a ‘reverse tanto’ tip / ‘clipped point’, and knives which look like a combination of Kiritsuke and Gyuto. All of these types of Kiritsuke have less blade curvature / ‘belly’ than the the typical Gyuto, making them less ideal for ‘rock chopping’, but better suited to ‘push cutting’ and ‘pull cutting’. However, a similar result to ‘rock chopping’ can be achieved by using the tip of the blade with a series of ‘pull cuts', or ‘back slices’, if you make a subsequent second series of cuts at 90 degrees to the first.