SG2 Ironwood series
The Ironwood series is a super star amongst professionals. The blade was originally created by 3rd generation master blacksmith Kazuyuki Tanaka. Since Kazuyuki’s passing Shigeki Tanaka (his son) has taken over production of this masterpiece. The series continues to impress.
The blade’s core consists of SG2 steel, which is clad in 32 layers of stainless steel (HRC 62+). It’s a Suminagashi or Damascus finish, which is acid washed. The acid wash gives the blades Damascus finish a beautiful 3D look.
The handle on this series is impressive! Ironwood, nickel silver ferrule and mosaic pins. Each handle is custom made by the Tanaka knives team.
The Ironwood series comes in a variety of different blade types including Gyuto, Santoku, Nakiri, and Petty. Each of the blades are available in a variety of different sizes also.
We consider the Ironwood series an absolute masterpiece. Shigeki Tanaka forges each blade by hand. The result is magnificent. We have a close relationship with Tanaka Knives and are proud to be able to offer this amazing range of knives.
Tanaka Kitchen Knives
Tanaka kitchen knives have been hand forging kitchen knives since 1946. Based in Miki-City just outside Osaka, Japan. Tanaka Kitchen Knives was made famous by Kazuyuki Tanaka who along with his son Shigeki developed the SG2 Ironwood range.
The Tanaka team consists of about a 5-man team who produce each knife completely by hand. The blades are all hand forged by Shegeki Tanaka, while the handles and sharpening is all undertaken by other members of this artisan team.
Shigeki Tanaka is a world-renowned Master Blacksmith and has now taken over Tanaka Kitchen Knives from his father Kazuyuki. He is a fourth-generation master and produces several kitchen knife series including the SG2 Ironwood, SG2 Wa (Japanese style Handle), VG10 3D, and VG10 Wa.
Shigeki is considered an artist within the kitchen knife industry and a number of Michelin stared chefs choose to use a Tanaka kitchen knife as their primary knife. The Modern Cooking team have been working with Tanaka Kitchen Knives for several years and we can highly recommend them.
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