Shigeki Tanaka VG10 Damascus Santoku

Regular price £180.00

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A real understated beauty that combines the best of all worlds, it's 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.


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 opted to upgrade the standard handles they come with to use a more 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!


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. 

Value for money

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. 

Technical details

  • Blade Length: 182mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 321mm (Blade + Handle)
  • Blade width: 2.76mm (Measured where blade enters handle)
  • Blade height: 48.15mm Heel to spine
  • Total weight: 137 grams
  • Steel Type - Cladding: Stainless
  • Steel Type - Cutting edge: VG10
  • Left or Right handed: Either
  • Hardness: 62 HRC
  • Handle style: Japanese
  • Handle material: Octagonal wa teak and black buffalo

Our aim is to measure everything as accurately as possible but some specifications (such as hardness for example) are provided by the manufacturer and therefore should be used as a guide only.

What you get

The knife is presented in a classic card presentation box with a protective card sleeve to keep the blade safe and we've gone to the extra effort of having the knives upgraded to use octagonal teak wa handles instead of the standard Western style handles to create a nicer overall product.

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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