Tanaka Gyuto R2 Damascus 210mm (8.3")
Tanaka Gyuto R2 Damascus is Shigeki Tanaka's top-of-the-line kitchen knife. This is a very rare piece. Not only is the R2 powder steel one of the best steels to make kitchen knives of, but the looks of this special Tanaka are simply special. Very pronounced, black-ish 33 layers of Damascus pattern on the blade, attached on a yo-style (Western) micarta handle for durability, connected with a stainless bolster for a more comfortable grip.
210mm (8.3") long gyuto is the perfect choice for chefs who want to wield a real hand-forged Japanese knife made of powder steel which delivers that smooth, fine sharpness. The shape and length are best suited for a main multi-purpose Chef's knife which will excel at all types of cutting techniques.
R2 steel, sometimes also known under the name SG2, contains around:
- 1.25 - 1.45% of carbon (C), a key element of strength,
- 1.80 - 2.20% of vanadium (V), crucial for the ability to increase the hardness of steel
- 14.00 - 18.00% of chromium (Cr), which protects the blade from developing rust,
- 2.30 - 3.30% of molybdenum (Mo), which helps to maintain hardness and strength at temperature changes.
In short, very hard steel which will keep a smooth, sharp edge for a long time.
The knife comes with a traditional Japanese kiri wooden box.
Blade shape: Gyuto
Steel type: R2 / SG2
Blade construction: San-mai / full hamaguri convex / damask
Hardness (HRC scale): 63
Overall length: 340mm (13.4")
Blade length: 210mm (8.3")
Blade height: 48mm (1.9")
Spine thickness: 2.0mm (0.08")
Weight: 195g (6.9 oz)
Handle length: 115mm (4.5")
Handle type / wood: Western / Black Micarta
Kanji on the blade:
Blacksmith: Shigeki Tanaka
Location of the smithy: MIKI / Hyōgo Prefecture / Japan
☝️ Japanese kitchen knives in our store are handmade from natural materials. Slight variations in color, texture, weight and other dimensions are possible. We try to give a good photographic representation of our products, however computer screen resolution and colors do vary, so products might not look exactly as they are seen on screen.
Blade wear depends on the quality of steel, usage and maintenance of the blade. Japanese knives are made of high-quality steels. Follow these tips to keep your Japanese knife in top-notch shape:
✔ Use a wooden, plastic or rubber cutting board.
✔ After use, wash the knives and wipe them dry.
✔ Use a magnetic rack, knife blocks, or use protective knife sheath (saya).
✔ A good cutting technique is your best bet to prolong sharpness.
✔ Use sharpening stones to sharpen the knife.
❗️Don’t leave the knife in the sink. Wash it by hand.
❗️Don’t wash the knife in the dishwasher.
❗️Don’t use the knife on glass, ceramics, marble or steel surfaces.
❗️Don’t scrape the food off the cutting board with the edge of the blade. Use the spine of the knife instead.
❗️Knife is a tool intended for specific use - cutting food. It is not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc.
→ For more details, read our guide
on Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.
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Our return policy lasts 30 days. If more than 30 days have gone by since the day you received your order, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.
Each knife comes with:
✔️ Instructions and knife care leaflet.
✔️ A preventive Band-Aid – the knives are very sharp! 😉
✔️ Original box from the blacksmith, which we wrap in an old Japanese newspaper sheet – so every knife is ready to be passed on as a gift as soon as it hits your doorstep!
✔️ We also offer a special gift wrapping option with the traditional Japanese washi paper.
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