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Tanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mm Custom
Tanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mm Custom Tanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mm CustomTanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mm CustomTanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mm Custom
Tanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mm Custom Tanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mm CustomTanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mm CustomTanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mm Custom

Tanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mm Custom

Item #: C3192

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(5 out of 5 based on 1 reviews)

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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.

This gyuto 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 210mm coupled to a 50mm 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
  • Cladding: Stainless
  • Edge Steel: Blue #2
  • Finish: Nashiji
  • Edge Grind: Even
  • Handle: Custom Octagonal
  • Weight: 166g / 5.9 ounces
  • Edge Length: 210mm
  • Height: 48.9mm
  • Customer Reviews

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    5  Great knife, beautiful custom handle. , August 7, 2020
    Posted By: Ian

    Pictures here don't do it justice, it is a beautiful knife and an absolute laser.

    Can't judge OOB sharpness because I paid for the extra finished sharpening service and the edge was virtually perfect, sharpest I've ever used. Extremely close scrutiny shows maybe one tiny little barely-visible imperfection. Very impressive, I feel like it was probably worth the extra cost.


    unfortunately "Fit and Finish" was sub-par on the blade itself, living up to the Tanaka reputation apparently. There were a few tiny burrs on the spine including one near the pinch point that gave me a tiny blister and tore my skin after a little usage. A gentle touch with steel wool seemed to solve the issue. Same issue with the choil, a little rough but a touch with the steel wool resolved it. Still, at this price point this should not be necessary at all and there is no excuse for that, but I wouldn't drop a full star for that alone.


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