Tanaka R2 Series
The R2 series blade is made in the same way as the famous Ironwood Series. The core consists of SG2 steel and is clad in 32 layers of stainless steel. It’s a Suminagashi or Damascus finish, which Shigeki Tanaka specializes in.
The only difference between the Ironwood series and the R2 series, apart from the handle, is the blade finish. The R2 series blades are not acid treated and so the Suminagashi finish is black or grey in color. This variation is only aesthetic in nature and has no impact on the quality blade.
The handle on this series, being a R2 style handle or Japanese style, is highly interchangeable. The series is available with a variety of octagonal handles including Walnut, Ebony, and Black Plywood, amongst others.
The R2 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 R2 series one of the best value, and highest quality knives available. This is an artisan product, Shigeki Tanaka is a master blacksmith and this series of knives is absolutely fantastic!