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Tanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mm
Tanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mm Tanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mmTanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mmTanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mm
Tanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mmTanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mmTanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mmTanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mm

Tanaka Blue #2 Nashiji Gyuto 210mm

Item #: TA-N210GYBU-W

Average Customer Rating:
(5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews)

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Our Price: $199.95
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 208mm coupled to a 49mm 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. Enjoy!

  • Blacksmith: Shigeki Tanaka
  • Location: Miki, Japan
  • Construction: San Mai, Hammer Forged
  • Cladding: Stainless
  • Edge Steel: Blue #2
  • Finish: Nashiji
  • Edge Grind: Even
  • Handle: Walnut Octagonal
  • Weight: 5.5 oz/ 156g
  • Edge Length: 208 mm
  • Overall Length: 355 mm
  • Spine Thickness at Heel: 2.7 mm
  • Blade Height at Heel: 49 mm

  • Customer Reviews


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      Better than expected , June 16, 2022
    Posted By: Thatguy

    CKTG accommodated my request based on my profile preference, and I couldn't be happier with what I received. Clean grinds. Zero lip above the ferrule. Super sharp out the box. Smooth, clean, and versatile profile. Japanese knives usually don't have "perfect" fit and finish at these lower-intermediate prices, but this one along with my other 2 Tanaka knives came closer than expected (one needed 1 minute of sanding behind the choil). Might get a few more to throw in the Christmas drawer.

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      Great knife, beautiful custom handle.
    Posted By: Ian
    1 people found this review helpful

    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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