Menkiri Type Japanese Kitchen Knife Definition

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Menkiri ( 麺切)
- Means noodle cutter in Japanese. General name for the category of the knives designed for noodle cutting. Some makers, e.g. Susin, Ichimonji, use the term for all of their knives of that type, including Sobakiri and Udonakiri, others, e.g. Takeda use the term to describe it is a smaller and cheaper version of it, where the blade geometry is more resembling to that of a Nakiri. Lighter and shorter blade. Because of that less efficient for cutting noodles. Photo shows Takeda Menkiri. See Udonkiri and Sobakiri for more traditional versions.


  • Typically a Single Grind knife.
  • Common Blade Length - 270-330mm(10.63-12.99")
  • Blade Length Range - 210-360mm(8.27-14.17")

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