Shigeki Tanaka VG10 Damascus Gyuto 240mm

Regular price £260.00

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A real understated beauty that combines the best of all worlds, its VG10 core clad in an easy to maintain stainless mean performance is excellent and the polished finish provides a visual treat when it's stored on your knife rack.

Well balanced and nimble we think Tanaka san has created an excellent knife for a wide range of cooks and collectors.

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 most of them with 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. Occasionally the knives in this range are available with a pakka wood half-tang yo handle.

The cutting edge is 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!


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 for longer term care we recommend a Japanese knife care kit.

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: 393mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 54mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.37mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 183 grams
  • Core Steel: VG10
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 62 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Japanese
  • Handle Material: Octagonal wa teak and black buffalo horn. Custom handles also available.
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: 8552

Our aim is to measure and photograph our products as accurately as possible but due to many items being handmade, finished or using natural materials, there can be minor variance in measurements and things such as blade or wood finishes can vary. We will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

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

Protection & care for this knife

Due to the height of this knife, only a gyuto sized blade guard fits.

Saya & Guards Knife Racks & Storage Sharpening & Blade Care

Meet the maker

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.

Helping you find the perfect knives & accessories

Cutting Edge Knives is a family run business established in 2011 and based in the picturesque town of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. We love the history and craftsmanship that goes into making Japanese chef knives and accessories and the excitement and enjoyment you experience when using a truly sharp knife in the kitchen.

Over many years we've helped thousands of happy customers find their dream knife and look forward to helping you too.

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