Shigeki Tanaka Aogami 2 Damascus Petty 135mm
Shigeki Tanaka apprenticed at Takefu Knife village for three years. He moved back to Miki City where he is currently working at his Family shop. The Tanaka family originally started with sickles and other agricultural tools but focuses on Kitchen Knives that has gained a great reputation worldwide.
Tanaka-San hand-forges his knives in the traditional way, as it has been done for hundreds of years in Japan.
The Tanaka Damascus Blue 2 Petty is forged with a Aogami/Blue Carbon #2 Steel core and clad with a Damascus Iron Cladding. The High Carbon steel core and Iron cladding means that this knife needs extra maintenance during and after use. Maintenance meaning dry properly after you washed it by hand and wipe it on a damp cloth every now and again when working on high acid items like onions. If cared for properly the blade will form a great looking Patina. Remember that the steel is hard and made for precision work. The edge is delicate and can chip if used on hard products like frozen foods, bones or hard nuts, etc. This knife has brilliant edge retention, sharpness and is super easy to sharpen on a Japanese whetstone. The blade is fitted with a beautiful Walnut handle with buffalo horn collar.
Petty (Paring/Utility) Knife (ぺティ – pronounced: Petti Naifu). It is said to be derived from French ‘petit’ meaning small or little. The Petty Knife is seen as a small Gyuto making it purposeful for any use in the kitchen.
The petty knife is perfect for smaller working surfaces, cutting smaller sized produce if for users with smaller hands. Its comparison to the Gyuto makes it the ultimate small-sized all-rounder and professional cooks prefer it for its compact size and versatility. It can be used to peel, slice, dice, mince and trim a variety of smaller fruits, vegetables, herbs, garnishes and proteins. It is perfect for light butcher work and delicate tasks such as making precision cuts. The blade profile is well suited for thrust-cutting while the belly allows for rock-cutting.
The Petty knife is generally larger than a Western petty knife. Similar to the Gytuo the Petty knife’s heel to belly is quite flat with a rounded profile to the tip. The sharp, double-bevel edge makes this knife ambidextrous and is the perfect companion in a small kitchen with limited workspace or for users with smaller hands.
Type: Western Style
Best for: Meat, Fish, Herbs, Vegetables
Kitchen Samurai Ease of Use Rating: All-Rounder – Easy to use and applies to most food types
- Wash and dry the blade by hand immediately after use. Dishwashers are very bad for all knives.
- Use a soft cloth to wash the blade. Avoid abrasive dish scrubbers and powders as these can damage the finish of your beautiful knife.
- Do not cut through bones. You can certainly cut along/beside bones, but do not cut into bones. This can, at worst, chip the blade.
- Never use this knife to cut frozen food.
- Never twist or cleave the blade.
- Always use a wooden or plastic cutting board. Never cut on bamboo, glass, marble, slate, a plate, china, marble, arborite or anything harder than steel.
- Store knives in a way that the blades will not knock into each other.
- Never transport knives unprotected.
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