A relatively young 4th generation blacksmith renowned around the world for his fully handmade, skillfully crafted knives based in Miki city. Shigeki Tanaka’s ancestors we re making sickles for 3 generations, before Shigeki taking over – after his father’s Kazuyuki death – and concentrating in knife crafting.

His SG2 (R2) / Damascus / Ironwood handle knives are considered unicorns among knife enthusiasts. Fully handcrafted at all stages, Tanaka is mastering the SG2 powder steel (at 63-64 HRC hardness), with a 33 layer Damascus finish and an impeccably worked out ironwood handle (one of the densest wood on earth).

Two inlaid mosaic rivets and a polished stainless-steel bolster are added to complete that masterpiece.

Meaning “Beef knife” in Japanese, the Gyuto the most common and basic of all knives, is the Japanese version of the classic Western Chef’s knife. It is a knife that is used as a multi-purpose knife, suitable for a wide range of tasks and with a variety of different cutting techniques. Is shaped for cutting the vast majority of meats, fishes, vegetables and fruits. Can be used with almost all different cutting techniques. The 240mm size can suit both more experienced home cooks and professionals.

Brand / Blacksmith: Shigeki Tanaka
Series: SG2 Damascus Ironwood
Knife type: Gyuto 240
Blade Length / Total length (mm): 230 / 365
Grind: 50 / 50
Finish: Damascus 33 layers
Steel type: SG2
Forging method: Damascus San Mai
HRC hardness: 63
Handle type / Material / Ferrule: Western / Ironwood / Nickel – Silver
Spine Thickness at heel / tip (mm): 2.2 / 0.3
Blade height at heel (mm): 50
Weight (gr): 259