This magnificent piece of craftsmanship was created by the hands of master smith Takeshi Saji. Mr. Saji-san works in the Echizen region, and is a third generation blacksmith.. This area of Japan has been producing cutlery for approximately 700 years and is well known for the products produced there.
The core steel used for this fine example is crafted from SRS-13. This steel is a PM, or powdered metallurgic steel, and is stainless. The steel contains a fairly high amount of Tungsten, Vanadium and Carbon. This produces a steel that has high wear resistance, yet is capable of taking rather acute sharpening angles. This particular steel can be hardened to 64HRC, but Mr. Saji doesn't take it to the extreme. He believes that dropping the hardness a few points adds a great deal of toughness. With a spine thickness of 2mm you will find, or feel, very little resistance as the blade passes through product.
The cladding on this also stainless, so it creates a very carefree, user friendly knife. The finish on the blade is not very common, and was created by the hammers used to forge it. The kanji on the face of the blade is hand engraved.
The Yo handle (western) is made of stabilized Stag Horn and is yet another fine example of the work, and art that Saji-san is capable of producing. The Stag Horn also connects a traditional, old world material with the modern day SRS-13 at the center of it all. You know you want to grab it by the horn!
Steel: SRS-13 Powdered Stainless steel
Cladding: Hammer Mark Stainless
Engraving: Hand Engraved
Handle: Western (Yo) Stabilized Stag Horn
Edge Length: 210mm
Blade Height: 42mm
Weight: 8.2 oz
Spine Thickness: 2mm