Shigeki Tanaka is the son of master blade maker Kazuyuki Tanaka. Following the passing of his father, Shigeki took over the reins of the business and began forging a name for himself while continuing to further enhance the stature of the family business. He works with a small crew of artisans in a small workshop in Miki City, one of the epicenters of blade-making in Japan. Tanaka-san continues to employ the traditional methods to make all of his knives.
a great example of his skills with Blue #2 steel. Blue Paper #2 carbon steel is one of the most popular steels for the making of kitchen cutlery. Tanaka-san hardens it to 62 HRC and clads it with a softer stainless steel to add strength and resilience. The cladding is treated with a nashiji (pear skin) finish.
These are medium weight knives that have a stiff and controlled feel. The blade is well proportioned with an overall cutting edge length of 245mm coupled to a 51mm blade height at the heel. The spine is quite thick above the heel but tapers to a very nicely realized thin tip.
These are really nice artisanal handmade knives that epitomize the blacksmith art. We are offering a limited number of these knives with custom handles create by some of our favorite woodworkers. We will update the picture to reflect the latest combination.
Blacksmith: Shigeki Tanaka
Location: Miki, Japan
Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
Edge Steel: Blue #2
Edge Grind: Even
Handle: Custom Octagonal
Weight: 8 oz/ 230g
Edge Length: 244 mm
Overall Length: 385 mm
Spine Thickness at Heel: 3 mm
Blade Height at Heel: 52 mm