Saji Knives made by Takeshi Saji are one of representative works of present Echizen Forged Cutlery. Echizen (Takefu-city, Fukui Pref. today) is well known as a region of cutlery manufacturing having about 700 years history in Japan. Takeshi Saji is the third generation blacksmith, a leading maker of outdoor custom knives in Japanese style, but also works on kitchen knives today. The photo is of Takeshi Saji at work.
Takeshi Saji is a renowned knife maker and his knives makes are in the very best of materials and are an echo of the past,which delights all connoisseurs. He is famous for his traditional hunting and folding knives. So I was eager to try his damascus series with ironwood handles.
I started with this petty,which came in an attractive wooden gift box. Fit and finish is impeccable; both handle and blade are strikingly beautiful. The knife is heavy in the handle,which will please those who have shied away from the Tanaka ironwood series because they do not like the thin handles.
Sharp out of the box. Nonetheless,out of habit,I ran the knife over a 30K Shapton Pro a few times,then stropped on plain horse hide.
Sharp and nimble,the knife is a delight to use. Buy a Takeshi while you can. He won’t be around forever.