The Kobe Design University has spent countless hours working with Master Blacksmith Shigeki Tanaka to develop what is truly a piece of ergonomic artistry. The comfort, balance and just superior ergonomics found on this Tanaka VG10 Petty simply cannot be understated.
The handle is just gorgeous. It fits every contour of your hand as if it was custom molded and working with it over a long period you will find a noticeable reduction in fatigue. To achieve this the Kobe Design University took over 1000 3D scans of various different hand shapes and sizes and observing professional chefs at work allowed them to, not only create a handle that fits almost any hand perfectly, but also reduced fatigue over long periods in the kitchen.
The handle is not just functional, but also beautiful. Made out fine grain Birch Wood, which is coated with anti-slip wax. As you look at the 3D handle it seems to shimmer with black, brown and gold colors.
At this point you might be thinking what about the blade. Tanaka Knives have paired the 3D handle with high quality VG10 steel (Rockwell 61+) to produce a Petty, which we believe will hold a fantastic edge for a long time. Even under professional circumstances.
As with all Tanaka Knives the fit and finish on this Petty is fantastic. The handle fastening has been nicely centered and is cleanly flushed and centered. The balance point on the blade is right where you want it, directly over the heal of the blade. The knife is finished with hand chiseled kanji and comes in a custom made blue and silver box.
Deciding if you are more impressed by the Suminagashi (Damascus) blade or the sexy looking ergonomic handle is not going to be easy with this Tanaka VG10 Petty.
We think this is a high-quality knife at a very reasonable price and if you are a professional chef you will find that this is a great knife for the long prep hours. However, we think the 3D range is also really great value and perfect for those looking for a beautiful and functional blade for at home.
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