Petty knife, VG10, damascus finish - Shigeki Tanaka
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Shigeki Tanaka trained in Takefu which is an area we are very familiar with knife wise. After training for 3 years he moved to his family forge in Miki city. From here he has gained an excellent reputation for making exceptional value knives using traditional techniques.
SHAPE: Petty. One of the smallest knives in a chefs arsenal and good for well small things.
STEEL: VG10. A premium high carbon Japanese stainless steel capable of impressive hardness. This is the premier product in the V Gold series made by Takefu steel.
FINISH: Damascus or suminigashi. This type of finish is made by creating a Kitaeji; which is produced by repeatedly folding/stacking then compressing two different steels until they create a laminated pattern. This can then be manipulated in various ways to produce the maker’s desired pattern effect. This material is then clad around the core metal of the blade as an elaborate protective layer for the core steel - thus giving the knife a beautiful and striking appearance.
HANDLE: Red pakkawood handle
LENGTH: 150mm in length.
MAKER: Shigeki Tanaka - Miki city, Japan
BEST FOR: Intricate stuff with an easy care, high quality steel.
SAUNDERS SAYS:"The handle means you are never going to misplace it, while the quality and edge retention is excellent for the price."