This beautiful example of Shigeki Tanaka's work features a 240mm blade consisting of a core of Aogami #2 steel, sandwiched between folded damascus ductile iron cladding. The knife is fully reactive, so it does need to be wiped dry for periods when not in use or stored.
The Sekiso gyutos are ground masterfully with a very graceful convex that will shed food as well as any knife out there. Tanaka knives are well known for coming out of the box swinging with a really nice working edge already in place, most people won’t need more than a little bit of strop time to really get these blades screaming sharp.
For a good feel of what you can expect from this knife, check out the demonstration video below. Please note this one has a custom handle where as the video shows just the standard handle. Rest assured you will get the custom one pictured.
Blacksmith: Shigeki Tanaka
Location: Miki City, Japan
Construction: Hammer Forged, San Mai
Cladding: Damascus (reactive)
Core Steel: Blue #2
Weight: 8.5 ounces
Blade Length: 244 mm
Overall Length: 392 mm
Spine Thickness at Base: 3.4 mm
Blade Height: 54.3 mm
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