Yoshikazu Tanaka Damascus Gyuto 240 mm

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Product Information

Blade Length  235 mm
Total Length  390 mm
Steel  Shirogami (White #1)
Handle  Ebony 
Ferrule Buffalo Horn
Rockwell 61-62
Height Spine to heel  54 mm
Width at Spine  3 mm
Weight  220 grams
Bevel Double

Yoshikazu Tanaka is a master blacksmith based in Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan. He works primarily with traditional steels like Shirogami 1 / 2, as well as Aogami 1 / 2. These blades are characterized by their thinness, attention to detail when it comes to grind, fit and finish, as well as a very tough heat treat. The distinct damascus pattern on his knives are very flashy and easily recognizable, making for a very polished look. White steel is beloved for its ease of sharpening, and Yoshikazu Tanaka-san produces small batches in order to maintain his high quality craftsmanship, using traditional fire kiln to treat his knives.


The handles are on the larger side, with clean installs between them and the tang, and balance perfectly about an inch or so out of the ferrule, right where you naturally pinch grip the blade. One last point is these knives are quite thin behind the edge and quite reactive, so they won't hold up well against misuse, but will perform at a top level if you're willing to care for them correctly! 

Knife Care (Iron Clad)

  • This Knife is made from 3 layers of material; A layer of iron on each side protecting a layer of carbon steel at the core, in a process referred to as Sanmai or forge welding. Iron and carbon steel are both susceptible to rust and must be kept dry and clean at all time’s to avoid oxidation and discolouration.
  • Simply wipe the knife with a damp cloth immediately after use.
  • Wash with regular dish soap and warm water using a none abrasive sponge or cloth.
  • Never put your knife in the dishwasher! The extreme heat will ruin the wooden handle.
  • Highly acidic ingredients (Onions, Tomatoes, Citrus) Will cause rust and oxidation to happen faster, thus the user must ensure the knife is wiped clean immediately after working with such an ingredient.
  • Should any rust form it can be removed using a rust eraser or a mixture of Baking soda and water to simply scrub it clean.
  • Avoid Bones, Frozen foods, nuts and hard candies or anything other than fruits, vegetables and proteins.

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