K17 Wakiita Nakiri

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The K17 Wakiita Nakiri is considered as part of the second tier of Spyderco’s Murray Carter Collection

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Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

K17 Wakiita Nakiri

Meaning "vegetable cutter," the Nakiri's unique rectangular shape and slightly upturned edge make it the perfect tool for precisely push-cutting all kinds of vegetables. The knife's blade shape also allows its length to remain consistent after years of sharpening.

Wakiita literally means “near the cutting board” and is a term used to refer to senior apprentices skilled enough to assist high-ranking chefs. Equivalent to sous chefs or journeyman chefs in Western kitchens, they are accomplished culinary professionals well on their way to becoming expert chefs. As the second tier of Spyderco’s Murray Carter Collection, the Wakiita Series captures the spirit of the journeyman chef by expressing Carter’s highly refined designs with solid stainless steel blades.

The blades of Wakiita Series knives are precision ground from CTS® BD1N – a high-carbon, nitrogen-enriched stainless steel that provides a superior balance of hardness, edge holding, and corrosion resistance. Like all knives in the Murray Carter Collection, they are ground exceptionally thin and straight for superior cutting performance and proudly feature the signature “Carter Elbow” – a distinctive taper from the spine to the point that reinforces the blade’s tip.

In classic style, the knives of the Wakiita Series showcase traditional “wa-style” (octagonal) handles. Painstakingly crafter from solid black G-10, a durable fiberglass and epoxy laminate, the polished handles ensure both comfort and precise control.

A remarkable fusion of time-tested traditional designs and state-of-the-art modern materials, the Wakiita Series accurately translates Murray Carter’s prized custom designs into high-performance cutlery that is sure to please even the most discriminating cooking enthusiasts.[1]


The K17 is originally made in Seki City, Japan, and:

  • features a modified Sheepsfoot Blade shape
  • features a polished G-10 handle
  • as one of few exceptions in Spyderco's line-up, it does not feature Spyderco's trademark round hole
SKU Handle Edge Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Collectors club
K17G Black G-10 PE CTS-BD1N 2020 - $320.00 (2021) Part of Spyderco's Murray Carter Collection N/A Full Flat

Most collectible variation

The original K17 Wakiita Nakiri, complete with original box and papers in mint condition is likely to be the most collectible version.

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the K17 Wakiita Nakiri:

Variation Length overall Length blade Length edge Blade thickness Weight
K17G 309mm 185mm 169mm 1.9mm 179g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the K17 Wakiita Nakiri:

Variation Length overall Length blade Length edge Blade thickness Weight
K17G 12.15" 7.29" 6.67" 0.074" 6.3oz


  1. The K17 Wakiita Nakiri in Spyderco's online catalog


The K17 Wakiita Nakiri,designed by Murray Carter