Nakiri, Bunka, & Usuba Knives


Our Japanese vegetable knife collection is made up of nakiri, bunka, and usuba knives. These three Japanese vegetable cleaver styles offer similar functionality with a few differences. Perhaps the easiest to use and most commonly found in a home kitchen is a nakiri. Nakiri are generally 50/50 balanced and are the perfect tool to cut hard vegetables like squash, pumpkins and potatoes. Although ideal for precise vegetable cuts, bunka can also be used as an all-purpose knife. Lastly, usuba are single-edged and designed for the extreme precision required for preparing vegetables in the Japanese culinary tradition.

Discover nakiri, bunka, and usubo knives from top Japanese knife makers in our collection above.