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. These knives feature SG-2 Damascust steel with beautiful ironwood handles and decorative pins.