Shigeki Tanaka made a very handy gyuto knife perfect for cutting vegetables, fish and meat. It is just the right size – this means that it is neither too large for a home chef nor too small for a professional chef. A double bevel blade is made of excellent VG-10 steel heat-treated to 61 HRC and sandwiched between softer layers of stainless steel which give it an appealing Damascus look and a good protection against corrosion. The handle is made of black micarta that is very resistant to wear and tear.
|The term Damascus is used for stunning water-like patterning that emerges when the central core of the blade (cutting edge) is made with a harder steel and wedged between more than two layers of milder, more pliable steel. The word amatsubu (雨粒) translates to rain drop and the blacksmith used it to describe the Damascus pattern reminiscent of a surface sprinkled with rain drops.|
Tanaka Gyuto was fitted with a Western-style handle, with a durable and odorless black micarta material.
About the smithy:
Tanaka is a skilled craftsman with a keen eye for creative design and incredible mastery. He is known for endowing classic Japanese steels with Damascus look and due to his remarkable forging skills and radical departures from traditional shapes, he is one of the most recognizable Japanese blacksmiths.
His blacksmith journey started at the town of Takefu (today Echizen in Fukui prefecture), where he was quickly singled out for his talent for processing material and an eye for design. After a three-year training, he joined the family factory in the town of Miki in 1999 and started making kitchen knives. You can read more about Tanaka in this article (it includes a photo story made during our visit to the smith a few years ago).
Blade shape: Gyuto
Steel type: VG-10
Blade construction: San-mai / full hamaguri convex / damask
Hardness (HRC scale): 61
Overall length: 310mm (12.2")
Blade length: 185mm (7.3")
Blade height: 46mm (1.8")
Spine thickness: 2.2mm (0.09")
Weight: 145g (5.1 oz)
Handle length: 118mm (4.6")
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.
✔ For storage, use a knife holder or a 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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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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