The Koi Choppers

The Koi Choppers

Posted by Sam Flaherty on

In cooking, chopping is a fundamental technique involving the precise cutting of food items into smaller, uniform pieces.

Unlike slicing, which involves cutting through an ingredient in a continuous motion, chopping requires a more forceful and repetitive action, often achieved by bringing a sharp blade down onto the food with controlled strength and speed. 

The Koi Choppers excel in this art and range from the sturdy Wombat Chopper to the sleek Kyoto Nakiri Knife, and each blade is crafted to cut through ingredients with ease. This post looks into the unique features of each chopper, shedding light on their construction, materials, and the culinary prowess they bring to the kitchen.

  • The Wombat Chopper

  • This Aussie beast isn't your ordinary chopper. With a name like that, you know it means business. The Wombat packs a VG10 core, which means it's tough as nails. That core's wrapped in stainless steel with a sandblasted finish. Why? Well, besides looking cool, it helps keep things from sticking. Imagine slicing through veggies like a hot knife through butter. That's the power of VG10.

    Handle Construction: Full Tang Australian Wood and Resin

    Now, onto the handle. It's all about balance, right? The Wombat rocks a full-tang handle made from Australian wood and resin. That means it's sturdy, hefty, and perfectly balanced. Plus, each handle's unique, thanks to that Australian wood burl. No two are the same, just like no two kitchen tasks are identical.

    Customization Options: Selecting Handle Color and Engraving

    But wait, there's more! You can make your Wombat truly yours. Choose your handle color—red, green, ocean blue, or ochre orange. And if you're feeling fancy, get it engraved. Whether it's your name or a cheeky Aussie phrase, it's your chopper, so make it personal. That's the beauty of The Wombat—tough, reliable, and as unique as the land down under.

  • Hammered Veg Chopper

  • Let's look at our Hammered Veg Chopper: a sleek, elongated blade that is not too flashy but oh-so-efficient. It's designed to be your kitchen master, effortlessly tackling veggies of all shapes and sizes. But how does it do it?

    Three Steps to Blade Perfection: Slice, Slide, and Separate

    Our chopper follows a simple yet genius three-step plan. First up, we've got the Slice. With a razor-sharp edge, this blade cuts through veggies without struggling, with no squishing—just clean, precise slices every time.

    Next comes the Slide. Ever noticed how ingredients tend to stick to your knife? Not with our Hammered Veg Chopper. Thanks to its unique design, sliced veggies effortlessly glide off the blade, ready to hit the plate in style.

    Finally, we have the Separate. This is where things get really clever. Do you see those tiny ripples on the blade? Those little bumps create small air pockets, ensuring your veggies part ways with the knife gracefully. There is no clinging, no mess—just pure slicing perfection.

    Blade Specifications: Longer Length for Conquering Various Vegetables

    Let's get technical. Our Hammered Veg Chopper isn't your run-of-the-mill kitchen knife. Sporting a longer blade, it's geared up to tackle a wide array of veggies. Whether you're slicing through dainty tomatoes or wrestling with hefty pumpkins, this chopper stands tall, measuring 210mm (~8 inches) in length. With a blade height of 50mm (1.96 inches) and a spine width ranging from 1.9 to 2.1mm (.08 inches), it's built to conquer any kitchen challenge you throw its way.

    Handle Options

    Last but not least, let's talk style. Why settle for boring when you can have flair? Choose from our Night Time Red or Day Time Blue handles to add a pop of personality to your kitchen arsenal. Whether you're a midnight chef or a brunch enthusiast, there's a handle to suit every taste.

  • The Kyoto Nakiri Knife

  • In the heart of every culinary work of art lies a story, and the Koi Kyoto Nakiri Knife is no exception. Its roots trace back to the enchanting city of Kyoto, where an unforeseen encounter sparked a timeless connection. This knife is a tribute to love and legacy.

    Blade and Handle Design

    The Kyoto Nakiri Knife is perfect for cutting veggies with care. Its sharp blade, measuring 185mm (7.28346") in length and 1.8mm (0.07") in thickness, makes slicing easy and precise. With an overall length of 316.4mm (12.45") and weighing 248g (0.54 lbs), it offers optimal balance and control. Paired with its comfy handle, the knife feels like it's part of your hand, helping you chop smoothly and stay in control.

    Exquisite Craftsmanship: Bamboo Finish and Ebony Wood Handle

    The Kyoto Nakiri Knife is really elegant and artistic. Its bamboo blade finish showcases nature's beauty, and the handle is made of ebony wood, which adds a classy touch. Every detail of the knife is carefully made, showing how much the makers care about their craft in the Koi Collection.

    Handle Types - Ebony Dark & Ebony Light

    To cater to diverse tastes, the Kyoto Nakiri Knife offers a choice between two exquisite handle types: Ebony Dark and Ebony Light. Whether you prefer the rich depth of Ebony Dark or the subtle allure of Ebony Light, each handle exudes timeless elegance.

  • Ninja Nakiri Knife

  • The Nakiri, also known as the "leaf-cutter," originates from Japan. Its flat blade profile allows for precise, even cuts, ideal for veggies. This knife is a symbol of Japanese culinary craftsmanship, passed down through generations.

    Western Handle

    The Ninja Nakiri marries tradition with innovation. While traditional Nakiris sport Japanese handles, this one opts for a Western handle design. Why? It's all about ergonomic excellence. The G10 scales provide a comfortable grip, perfect for both professional kitchens and home cooks.

    Superior Construction: VG10 67 Steel

    Now, onto the steel part. The Ninja Nakiri isn't just good-looking; it's tough, too. Made from VG10 67-layer Damascus Japanese steel, this blade is built to endure. VG10 steel keeps its edge for a long time, so your cuts stay sharp. And with the Damascus layering, it's even stronger and tougher, ready to handle any veggie you throw at it.


    Let's check out the details before you decide to add this knife to your kitchen tools. The Ninja Nakiri has a blade that's 170mm long (equal to 6.69 inches) and an overall length of 316mm (which is 12.44 inches), making it just right for a mix of accuracy and easy handling. It weighs 240g (about 8.46oz) and has a remarkable HRC of 60-61, making it a reliable tool for all your kitchen needs.

    Maintenance Tips

    To keep your knife in great shape for a long time, it needs proper care. After each use, wash the blade gently by hand with warm, soapy water, and make sure to dry it right away to avoid any water sitting on it. This helps prevent rust and keeps the blade looking new. Also, take care of the handle by putting a little natural oil, like Camellia oil, on it to keep the wood from drying out or cracking. These simple steps will help your knife stay beautiful and work well in the kitchen for like Camellia oil—it's the cherry on top for preserving the Ninja Nakiri's beauty and functionality.

    Final Thoughts

    Chopping is a skill that needs both accuracy and finesse. The size and shape of what you chop can really affect how your dish turns out. As we've looked at The Koi Choppers, we've seen how each knife combines artistry and usefulness. From the strong Wombat to the elegant Kyoto Nakiri, these knives show the importance of precision and skill in making them. Now, it's your turn to use these amazing tools in your cooking.

    Find out all the details, find the right mix of style and usefulness, and make your cooking even better with knives that show how much you care about quality and love for cooking.

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