Shigeki Tanaka Nashiji gyuto 240mm EN


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Shigeki Tanaka Nashiji gyuto 240mm

The gyuto is the Japanese equivalent of a chef’s knife, a very versatile blade.

History and curiosity

Shigeki Tanaka is the fourth generation blacksmith. After his great-grandfather, Mr. Gentaro, began making sickles in the Meiji period, the men in the family specialized in traditional sickles.

Mr. Tanaka was trained in Takefu Town to become a blacksmith. After three years of training, he joined the family factory in Miki City in 1999 and began manufacturing kitchen knives.

A few years ago, after his father passed away, Tanaka took over and now the company focuses solely on high-quality kitchen knives. He has four people working with him at the factory and all the knives are handmade. Due to his excellent skills, Shigeki Tanaka is one of the most recognizable blacksmiths in Miki Town.

The blade

Having a san-mai structure, this blade is forged with a Ginsan steel core and a stainless steel coating.

The handle

Made entirely by hand, the handle is made of bog oak, cedar burl spacers and boxelder burl ferrule. The bog oak is also known as morta oak, this example dates from around 5000 years ago.

Technical sheet

Blacksmith: Shigeki Tanaka

Finish: Nashiji

Steel: Ginsan

Hardness: 62 +- 1 HRC


Blade length: 24.3 cm

Heel thickness: 2.6 mm

Thickness at the tip: 0.2 mm

Blade height: 5.14 cm

Weight: 202

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg


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