Takeshi Saji Knives 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. The Core steel used on these san mai blades is SG-2 Powdered Stainless Streel (HRC 64 and up).