Custom Shigeki Tanaka VG10 Damascus Gyuto 240mm

Regular price £340.00

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This was an already very impressive and popular blade and we've elevated it further by pairing it with a completely one off handcrafted handle made from black maple burl with smokey black resin, Gold Coast acrylic ferrule using red and black G10 rings from UK craftsman @letshandlethis.

If you're looking for something truly unique then look no further!

First Impressions

The consistent grind on the VG10 is impressive and out of the box the sharpness is as good as you'd expect from a top level blacksmith. This is a knife that's ready for business!


Definitely a good looking knife, we pair it a traditional wa handle in teak and black buffalo which creates a nice contrast with the beautiful exposed layering in the cladding steel all the way down to the core cutting edge. 

The cutting edge is highly polished and then fades to a more matt like migaki style finish so this knife would suit someone who is looking for a good amount of visual interest in their knives but perhaps not something that screams too loud for attention!

In Hand

This is a light and well balanced knife if you're using a pinch grip. It's very nimble and the balance point just around the bottom of the kanji works well and creates a nimble and easy to use knife.


The VG10 core clad in stainless steel is a classic combination for good reason. It's got a good balance of edge retention and sharpness and is easy to look after. 

Ease of Care

Caring for the knife and maintaining its sharpness is as easy as rinsing and drying after use and periodically honing it with a ceramic rod to keep the edge in top condition.

We do also recommend you store it on a knife block or rack if possible. 

Our Verdict

The VG10 will suit a wide range of people and uses because it covers a lot of bases. It's well made and finished by a master blacksmith and uses a classic steel combination that retains and edge but doesn't need a ton of maintenance and it's at a price point that makes it very accessible. 

We're delighted to stock this and think it offers great value for money from a top class blacksmith.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 245mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 387mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.5mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 54mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 183 grams
  • Steel Type - Cladding: Stainless
  • Steel Type - Core: VG10
  • Left or Right handed: Either
  • Hardness: 62 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Octagonal wa teak and black buffalo horn. Custom handles also available.

Product SKU: 8555

Our aim is to measure and photograph all our products as accurately as possible but due to the handmade nature of many items, please be aware that there may be some variance in the measurements and that things such as blade and knife handle patterns can vary and presentation boxes may differ from those shown but we will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

Some measurements such as HRC are provided by the manufacturer and should therefore be used as a guide.

Compatable saya or guard

We recommend protecting your blade with a gyuto sized guard or storing it on a block or magnetic rack to show it off!

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Blacksmith Profile

Shigeki Tanaka

A fourth generation blacksmith, Shigeki Tanaka and his small workshop based in Miki City are highly regarded for their skill and experience which has been passed down through the generations.

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Cutting Edge Knives is a small family run business based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. We love the history and craftsmanship that goes into making Japanese chef knives and the excitement and enjoyment you experience when using a truly sharp knife in the kitchen.

Since 2011 we've helped thousands of happy customers find the perfect knife for their cooking and hope to serve you soon.

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