There are many knives and styles that garner praise and an almost cult following among kitchen knife lovers and collectors. Amongst these are the many fans of the profile and performance characteristics of the classic Sabatier chef knife. The shape has been mimicked by many makers resulting in some particular iterations receiving unmitigated praise. As a result of this demand we asked one of our favorite blacksmiths, Tanaka-san, to realize his interpretation of this ubiquitous blade.
Matsubara blades have a rich tradition of blacksmithing that goes back many centuries. The techniques that have come from these centuries of smithing are still being used today in the production of knives and farm tools. Tanaka Kama Kogyo is a 4th generation blacksmith who owns the shop and his blades are very popular in this part of Japan. Tanaka-san lives and works with his entire family in his blacksmith shop outside Nagasaki.
Tanaka-san hand forges these fine blades out of Aogami 2 steel. He hardens the steel to a Rockwell rating of 62HRC, which is a sweet spot for Blue #2. He then forge-welds a layer of soft stainless steel to the core using the san-mai method of awasi (cladding).The hammer marks you see on these blades are real, not stamped with a press.
We have combined his blade with a beautiful custom handle made by our woodworker Brandon using stabilized woods.
Steel: Blue #2
Knife Type: Gyuto 240mm
Engraving: Hand Engraved
Weight: 8.8 ounces
Blade Length: 247 mm
Total Length: 410 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 4.1 mm
Blade Height: 49.5 mm
Handle: Custom Octagonal (you will receive the knife pictured)
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