We do not hide our admiration for the outstanding knives that come out of the blacksmith shop of Takeshi Saji. This third generation blacksmith heralds from Takefu City, famous around the globe for the production of Eichizen Hammer Forged Knives (Eichizen Uchi-Hamono). He has earned his reputation as a maker of some of the most highly regarded and desired outdoor knives. His move into the world of kitchen cutlery has only enhanced the legend of this certified Traditional Masters Craftsman.
Saji-san has made this line of knives from the advanced powdered metallurgical steel known as R-2 or SG-2. This is an amazing steel for kitchen knives as it can be heat treated to a very high rating. The result is a blade that is easy to use and to sharpen. It holds a sharp edge and is very durable. The inner core of R-2 is then covered in a multi-layer damascus cladding made from a soft stainless steel. These are really easy knives to maintain.
They are also some of the most beautiful knives we carry. The lovely blade aesthetic is enhanced with the addition of a stunning black Micarta handle. The veins in the handle echo the striations in the damascus blade resulting in a knife that is truly a piece of art. The stainless bolster is finely crafted and matches perfectly with the lovely two-rivet and mosaic pin design handle.
Location: Echizen, Japan
Weight: 7.7 ounces
Blade Length: 180 mm
Overall Length: 303 mm
Thickness at Heel: 2.75 mm
Steel: R-2 (AKA SG-2) Powdered Stainless Steel
Handle: Black Micarta