Tanaka Gyuto Migaki Aogami #2 210mm (8.3")
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Tanaka Gyuto Migaki Aogami #2 is an understated gem among knives. Don’t let its simple exterior fool you, this laser-sharp gyuto is a true piece of art and a wonderful addition to any professional chef’s knife bag.
The gyuto design is intended for versatile use for chefs who prefer a standard size multi-purpose knife, suitable to cut meat, fish and vegetables. The double bevel blade (for explanation read the Blade Construction: Geometry article) is 210mm (8.3") long and should work for chefs and home cooks alike.
The core of the blade is Aogami #2 steel (one of the most regarded high-carbon steels), clad in two layers of softer stainless steel (this type of blade construction is called san mai; for more go to Blade Construction: Lamination). This is a great combination of two different types of steel - the outer layers will protect the blade from developing rust, while the top-notch steel of the cutting edge will slice through food like a laser. Advantages of Aogami #2 steel are a very fine, gentle sharpness - it is easy to sharpen, and remains sharp for a long time. The lower part of the blade where the high carbon steel is exposed will develop some patina after time, so we recommend oiling the blade regularly in order to prevent the development of rust. Read more about how to take care of high carbon knives and patina in our Knife maintenance blog post.
The minimalistic, lightweight gyuto was forged by the famous Shigeki Tanaka. His hand-chiseled kanji signature is the only distinguishing element on this otherwise clean, highly polished (also called migaki - see article Blade Construction: Blade Finish for more) blade. The hairline border along the cutting edge, marking the border between the core and outer layers will become more prominent over time, as the exposed core develops patina.
The blade was fitted with an octagonal traditional Japanese (wa) handle, made out of walnut wood with an octagonal shape, so it will fit equally well into the hands of right- or left-handed users. The walnut wood was a conscious choice - the darker shade can withstand a professional environment better.About the smithy:
The remarkable performance of kitchen knives may well be a synonym for Shigeki Tanaka. This young skilled craftsman that can boast with his radical design and mastery makes knives that are beloved by people all over the world. Shigeki Tanaka is the fourth generation blacksmith. Due to his excellent knife-making skills, Shigeki Tanaka is one of the most recognizable blacksmiths in the city of Miki.
Blade shape: Gyuto
Steel type: Aogami #2
Blade construction: San-mai / full hamaguri convex / migaki
Hardness (HRC scale): 62-63
Overall length: 355mm (14.0")
Blade length: 210mm (8.3")
Blade height: 45mm (1.8")
Spine thickness: 3mm (0.12")
Weight: 170g (6.0 oz)
Handle length: 135mm (5.3")
Handle type / wood: Japanese / Walnut
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.
☝️ THIS KNIFE MAY DEVELOP PATINA
Knives made of carbon steels can, due to their low chromium (Cr) content, discolor and develop patina. The knife is the most sensitive when it is still new and a patina had not developed yet, but later, patina will protect the blade. These types of knives require a touch more care:
✔ Wipe it regularly with a clean and dry cloth (you can also do this during use).
✔ After use, rinse it with lukewarm water and wipe it dry.
✔ Coat it regularly with knife maintenance oil or plain refined sunflower oil.
✔ Store the knife by wrapping it in paper which will absorb moisture and protect the blade.
A patina is a thin layer that forms on the surface of oxidized steel and protects it from further oxidation. The patina should not be confused with rust. Patina protects the blade, while rust causes corrosion and deterioration of material, so it should be removed (see Rust erasers).
→ For in-depth information about patina, read our dedicated post on patina.
GENERAL KNIFE CARE TIPS:
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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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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