Tanaka VG10 Santoku 165mm 3D Handle

129.00 (inc. VAT)

Possibly one the best-selling knives in our collection. The Tanaka VG10 Santoku with its super sharp blade and fatigue reducing, ergonomically designed is simply a pleasure to work with and ultimately great value.

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Product Description

Over the last decade Japanese kitchen knives have carved out a place in the world market and although the Gyuto with its similarities to the French Chef’s knife is better known it’s the Santoku that is really making waves. The Santoku features many of the design elements that make the Gyuto and the French Chef’s knife a popular choice. However, the shorter, but still wide blade on the Santoku make it a more comfortable knife to work with in many circumstances. The Tanaka VG10 Santoku ads the benefit of superior ergonomics, professional quality steel and artisan hand forging.

The handle, which is made out fine grain Birch Wood, shimmers with black, brown and gold colors and the unique shape, which has been sculpted to fit the hand perfectly is not only practical, but also beautiful to look at. It fits every contour of your hand perfectly and working with it over a long period you will find a noticeable reduction in fatigue.

The Kobe Design University has spent countless hours working with Master Blacksmith Shigeki Tanaka to develop what is truly a piece of ergonomic artistry. To achieve this, they employed advanced 3D modelling techniques to model the human hand and the typical chopping and slicing action of a professional chef. This allowed them to create a handle design that is perfectly suited the kitchen knife and that reduces fatigue and discomfort.

Tanaka knives hand forge each 3D series blade using premium VG10 steel for the core, which has been hardened to approximately 61+ HRC. The blade is then clad in a 16-layer Damascus cladding. The blades on these knives a beautifully sharp and perfectly balanced. The knife is finished with hand chiseled kanji and comes in a custom made blue and silver box.

This Tanaka VG10 Santoku is great value knife for anyone who would like to have a beautiful hand forged blade for the home or is looking for something to work with on a daily basis. The blade will hold an edge for a very long time and will help to reduce stress and fatigue making for a more pleasurable cooking experience.

If you would like to learn more about kitchen knives check out our cook smart series on kitchen knives, which discusses everything from the different knife types, how they are made and the various different materials they are made from. We also have articles and videos on lots of other cooking related topics including ingredients, product reviews, cookery courses and smart cooking guides. Check out all the great reading and viewing material in our Cooking School and Magazine.

VG10 3D Series

The VG10 3D series was created by the same team that developed the Tanaka SG2 Ironwood series.

Working with The Kobe Design University Tanaka Kitchen Knives have developed an innovative handle made of fine grain Birch wood. The 3D handle with its beveled end fits the hand perfectly and provides an ergonomic grip regardless of your handling preference. The handle was designed using 3D modeling techniques to produce a product that reduces fatigue and discomfort.

Each 3D series knife is hand forged by master blacksmith Shigeki Tanaka. The blades have a core VG10 steel, which is finished with an 8 layer Suminagashi steel cladding. The 3D series has a hardness rating of 61+ on the Rockwell scale and holds a very sharp edge.

The VG10 3D series come in 4 knife types, which include a Gyuto, Santoku, Nakiri and a Petty. The knives come in a custom made blue box and offer sharpening instruction in the box (In Japanese). It’s nice to see a very traditional workshop like Tanaka Kitchen Knives taking steps to innovate and improve their products.

We highly recommend the VG10 3D series, especially if you are working professionally or simply want a great kitchen knife that is both comfortable to use and great to look at.

Tanaka Knives

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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Additional Information

Blade Type




Core Steel

VG10 Super Steel

HRC Rockwell


Handle Shape


Handle Material

Birch Wood Handle


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