Tanaka Hamono Petty Knife 120mm
We'll admit it was tempting to label Tanaka san's smart petty a 'damascus' knife, with all the mystery and romance that little marketing slip-of-the-tongue implies.
Trouble is, there are steel purists in Japan who don't really go along with the idea of a tasō-kō ('multi-layer') blade being labelled 'damascus'. We have the strong impression Tanaka san, the maker of the blade, is one.
For one thing this pretty petty is forged from Yasugihagane - Shirogami#1 - and not subcontinental wootz. Then there's the fact nobody in the world actually knows how to forge a true damascus blade...
So it's a tasō-kō petty, and that's OK. You get the beauty of folded steel with those delicate flowing lines, you get the food release benefits, you get the wonderful cutting feel of one of Japan's most lauded cutlery steels. You get a sweet little utility knife for everyday use, with easy sharpening and a long-life edge. All good. Just don't mention the 'D' word.
Matsubara knives are characterized by a slender spine; this means they're comparatively light for their length and profile. Traditional lightness in combination with Tanaka Kama Kogyo's high-grade handles, quality steels and Japanese sharpness adds up to a lot of cutting pleasure in the kitchen.
|Blade steel:||YSS Shirogami#1 | nantetsu|
|Bevel:||Ryōba double bevel|
|Blade construction:||Tasō-kō multilayer|
|Left-handed available:||Handle and blade suit both hands|
|Ferrule:||Suigyu (water buffalo horn)|
|Handle thickness:||24mm x 18mm|
|Weight in hand:||72g
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