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Nigiri is the big grandaddy of the sushi world—the one which'll really test your skills. It's the only one that requires any really challenging knife skills, and without the aid of a sheet of nori to hold everything together, shaping them also takes quite a bit of practice.
More likely than not, your first few attempts will leave you trying to pick up pieces of slightly ripped or frayed fish on top of misshapen blobs of rice using fingers that are coated in sticky bits of rice. It took me several weeks of nightly practice to get the rice right, and several years of knife experience before I could get it sharp enough and wield it delicately enough to get the fish into that perfectly cupped, tapered shape. But don't worry! Even the less-than-visually-stellar pieces will still taste delicious, and you'll only improve with time.