Santoku 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: Santoku. Named after the three best things to do with this knife - slicing, dicing and mincing. It is the classic veg prep knife with both good breadth and width.
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: Western pakkawood handle
LENGTH: 165mm in length.
MAKER: Shigeki Tanaka - Miki city, Japan
BEST FOR: Everything apart from bones. .
SAUNDERS SAYS:"These have a great weight to them and a nice grind."