There is little that can be said about the kitchen knives created by Master Blacksmith Takeshi Saji that does not sound like hyperbole. His recent arrival in the kitchen knife world has been met with universal praise and positive reviews. Saji-san has been crafting blades for 50 years and during the last decade has shifted his attention from his highly sought-after outdoors knives to the world of Japanese kitchen cutlery.
One of the most recognizable attributes of his knives is the beauty of his blade and handle combinations. He has the ability to take many of the advanced steels available today and combine them with old world materials to create true works of functional art.
R-2 PM steel is his alloy of choice for this line of knives. It is a very advanced high speed tool steel that is perfectly suited for making knives. Master Saji hammer forges these blades in a san-mai style with an outer layer of soft stainless steel. He gives the jigane a hammer finish which is both rustic and almost high tech at the same time.
The knife is quite flat at the rear with a gentle belly that finishes in a very fine tip. The blade is medium height in relation to the 245mm length. The edge grind is symmetrical and very well executed. To complement the blade we have installed a custom octagonal walnut handle by Bensbites.
Saji knives have been heralded for their outstanding performance and one of a kind looks for decades. These R-2 kitchen knives continue that tradition while taking the brand into the next era.
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