The young Shigeki Tanaka belongs to the fourth generation of blacksmiths from the town of Miki in Japan. The fruit of experience being passed from one generation to the next in his family is also the extraordinary Sakimaru-Takohiki VG-10 Damascus. It is a culmination of handicraft and unparalleled mastery!
→ Takohiki, a variation of traditional Japanese Yanagiba knife. The knife is chisel ground (single bevel) and is suitable only for right-handed users.
The knife was designed for preparing sashimi and also performs excellently when cutting fish or meat. The traditional octagonal magnolia wood handle is protected with buffalo horn ring. The blade is engraved with the name and place of the smithy by hand in kanji.
The classic curve of the blade resembles that of katana and together with the choice of material this knife is a stunning combination of beauty and functionality. The knife is intended for professional chefs, while its unique looks also make it a collector’s item.
Blade shape: Yanagiba (Takohiki)
Steel type: VG-10
Blade construction: Ni-mai / damask
Hardness (HRC scale): 61-62
Overall length: 445mm (17.5")
Blade length: 300mm (11.8")
Blade height: 33mm (1.3")
Spine thickness: 3.00mm (0.1")
Weight: 210g (7.4 oz)
Handle length: 145mm (5.7")
Handle type / wood: Japanese / Ebony
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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- FREE - all orders over €300 (DHL Express).
- United Kingdom - shipping to UK costs €15. All orders are shipped with UPS Express (2-3 business days). Free shipping on orders over €300.
- Russia (currently not available) - shipping to Russia costs €40. All orders are shipped with EMS postal service.
DUTIES AND IMPORT TAXES:
We ship all orders DDP (duties & taxes paid). This means you will not be charged for any import fees and taxes (including VAT). All our prices are final. The price you see at checkout is the final price, no hidden costs.
- Europe: 1-2 business days
- US & Canada: 2-4 business days
- Rest of the World: 3-5 business days
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.
Still doubting which type of Japanese knife should best fit your needs?
We created a 5-steps quiz to help you find the perfect knife based on your cooking skills and the type of food you prepare.