Tanaka Gyuto SG2 Damascus 240mm (9.5")

Shigeki Tanaka

Tanaka Gyuto SG2 Damascus 240mm (9.5")


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Tanaka Gyuto SG2 Damascus is Shigeki Tanaka's top-of-the-line kitchen knife. This is a very rare piece. Not only is the SG2 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) ironwood handle for durability, connected with a stainless bolster for a more comfortable grip. 240mm (9.5") 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.

SG2 steel is high-quality steel, easy to maintain and sharpen and has long edge retention. This powder steel contains around: 1.25 - 1.45% carbon (C), 1.80 - 2.20% vanadium (V), 14.00 - 18.00% chromium (Cr), 2.30 - 3.30% molybdenum (Mo). In short, very hard steel which will keep a smooth, sharp edge for a long time.

The Western style (Yo) handle is made of a very dense and durable ironwood. The blade is secured to the handle with 2 stainless pins, both of them feature a mosaic design for the extra lavish look! A stainless bolster was added for comfortable grip and balance. The knife is safely stored in a traditional Japanese wooden box.


Blade shape:
Steel type: SG2
Hardness (HRC scale): 63-64
Overall length: 364mm (14.3")
Blade length:
240mm (9.5")
Blade height:
51mm (2")
Spine thickness: 2.4mm (0.09")
Weight: 250g (8.8 oz)
Handle length: 129mm (5.1")
Handle type / wood:
Western / Ironwood
Blacksmith: Shigeki Tanaka

Use & Care:

  • Handwash in warm water and towel dry
  • Use a sharpening stone (not a honing steel!) to sharpen your knife
  • Do not cut frozen foods and meat bones
  • Do not put the knife in a dishwasher
  • Read our comprehensive guide on proper Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.

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