The R2 steel holds a super sharp edge, the ergonomics and balance are perfect, and the convex grind seems to glide through almost any material with ease. The acid etched Damascus cladding has a 3D shimmer to it, which pairs well with the rustic Japanese style, octagonal Wa handle. This Tanaka R2 Petty is a great-looking knife, but it’s the performance that really stands out.
Tanaka R2 Petty 135mm Wallnut Handle
€303.99 (incl. tax)
Perfect for cleaning vegetables and fine detail work the Petty can even be used as a boning knife in a pinch.At Modern Cooking we see the Petty, along with a Paring knife and a Santoku, Gyuto or French Chef Knife as must have equipment in any cooking scenario. Throughout professional kitchens around the world the Tanaka name is well known. Like the Hattori Hanzō sword in the Kill Bill movies, to have a knife made by Shigeki Tanaka is to have the best of the best. This Tanaka R2 Petty is no exception!
Premium Tanaka knives come in a wooden gift box, which is lined with red fabric. The knife is secured with a cardboard sheath and bubble wrap. The packaging is hardly of interest though. The real prize awaits within and the Tanaka R2 Petty is certainly a beautiful quality knife that will serve you well in this life time and the next.
As you open the custom gift box the first thing that catches your eyes is master blacksmith Shigeki Tanak’s craftsmanship on the beautiful Damascus cladding. Acid etched to highlight the 33-layer suminigashi cladding, which is consistently distributed from choil (heal) to kissaki (tip) 6mm from the blade edge.
Fit and finish is as you would expect on a knife of this class. You really won’t find any rough or uncomfortable edges on this blade. The balance point is directly over the choil, making it feel light weight, nimble and comfortable.
The Japanese style Wa handle is absolute perfection in aesthetics and function. The traditional octagonal shape lends itself well to most hand sizes and works well in a pinch grip. The handle also suits the dark Damascus finish well and helps to bring the traditional rustic look together. All junctions are flushed extremely well, and you won’t find any unsightly gaps.
The knife is constructed with R2 steel (Rockwell 62-63) and clad in a 32-layer acid-etched suminagashi, Damascus cladding as mentioned above. The profile exhibited on the edge of this Tanaka R2 Petty is fairly traditional for this type of knife and tapers evenly from choil (heal) to kissaki (tip). The curve is subtle and consistent and exactly what you want from a premium forged Petty.
The spine has a slight distal taper throughout providing good balance. The grind is 50/50 convex, which is perfect for this kind of knife and very simple to maintain.
After a few hours of use, it is apparent just how beautiful this knife is. The thin blade, perfect balance and overall light weight inspires confidence and reduces fatigue. The edge profile lends well to push cutting as well as the fine detail work that the Petty is designed for.
The beautiful Damascus cladding on this Tanaka R2 Petty is highly scratch resistant and practical, helping to stop produce sticking the side of the blade.
The R2 series knives are great value, hand forged blades. We have been using the R2 series in our own test kitchen and find them to be razor sharp, light weight and nimble blades. The Japanese Wa handles are really very comfortable and robust. If you are looking for a premium quality, hand forged kitchen knife that will stand up to trials of everyday use then the R2 series will not let you down.
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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!
Tanaka knives have been hand forging kitchen knives since 1946. Based in Miki-City just outside Osaka, Japan. Tanaka Knives was made famous by Kazuyuki Tanaka who along with his son Shigeki developed the SG2 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 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 Knives for several years and we can highly recommend them.
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