Shigeki Tanaka Blue #2 Santoku

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Forged in the workshop of Shigeki Tanaka, the blue #2 is a superb knife at an incredible price point for those seeking an every day versatile chef knife.

First Impressions

The relatively tall profile and smooth tapering create a good edge from the start and the knife is easy to hold and well balanced. There's a lot to like and enjoy when using this and you can feel the experience and skill that's gone into the making of it.

Beauty

With two finishes in the Blue #2 range - the "migaki" which is a polished finish that isn't quite as highly polished as a mirror finish and the "nashiji" which is essentially a kurouchi finish but much smoother you have some nice options and contrast. Depending on your preference the finishes are both well done and smooth in hand. 

In Hand

A traditional octagonal wa handle in rosewood with a black pakka ferrule is well fitted and the blade finish around the heel is ever so slightly rounded off to make it a very comfortable knife to hold and manouver. 

Durability

Blue #2 is widely used and popular among many blacksmiths because it is easy to sharpen and retains an edge well so when paired with a stainless cladding the knife will last well and be something you'll be reaching for time and again. 

Ease of Care

As the core steel that forms the cutting edge is reactive, it will develop a beautiful patina over time and use but beyond that, caring for the knife and maintaining its sharpness is as easy as rinsing and drying after use and honing it with a ceramic rod to keep the edge in top condition.

Our Verdict

Shigeki Tanaka has made this range to sit perfectly at a price point that allows for the use of a popular and robust steel that takes and holds an edge well and performs excellently without being too costly so it's a perfect range to consider as a first knife or an addition to an existing collection. 

 

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 180mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 325mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade Thickness: 3mm (Measured level with heel)
  • Blade Height: 47mm (Heel to spine)
  • Total Weight: 145 grams
  • Core Steel: Blue Steel #2
  • This knife is made from a reactive carbon steel which is not stainless and therefore has some special care instructions and properties.

    Read the carbon steel care guide
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 61-62 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Octagonal rosewood with black pakka bolster
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: 8102

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.

Protection & care for this knife

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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