Our regular customers and followers know that we enjoy bringing outside-the-box knives, makers, materials, and methods to the CKTG store. It is one of the things that defines us, and in the case of this extraordinary blade, sets yet another high mark in this quest for the unusual!
While at first glance the Shibata AS Tank is as different a knife as we have seen, it is in fact more of a melding of a couple of classic blade designs. Obviously, a cleaver
is the first that comes to mind. While the Tank appears to be extra tall, it follows the average blade length to height ratio normally found on this popular knife. The second knife of this marriage is of course the bunka
. The tip is the most obvious design element and this is what has been transferred to the Tank. Like the bunka, but unlike the cleaver, it has a pronounced belly towards the reverse tanto tip. This knife is a collaboration between Shiba and Ikeda who both bring their unique expertise to the knife. Ikeda does the forging and Shiba does the sharpening.
So, while this might have some people scratching their heads over what and why, we think this is a very interesting cross pollination of two incredibly versatile knife types.
The Tank is made from Aogami Super
steel with a soft stainless steel cladding that has a kurouchi finish. Lest we forget, this knife caries all of the outstanding attributes that Shibata-san endows in his knives, in this case a beautifully executed grind and wonderful behind the edge thinness. Lastly, the uniqueness of the knife is further enhanced with the inclusion of a hand engraved date stamp on each blade, attesting to the date of manufacture. A lovely octagonal handle made from rosewood completes this compelling and unusual package.
Blacksmith: Ikeda San
Sharpener: Shibata San
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
Edge Steel: Aogami Super
Cladding: Stainless Steel
Rockwell Hardness: 63-64
Handle: Rosewood Octagonal
Blade Length: 182mm