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!
I just feel compelled to tell you that yours is the most ridiculously informative site of this nature I have ever come across.
Mark is great at answering questions for knife nuts of all levels. His service is second to none. Really appreciate the time he puts into every email as well as the free forum he hosts.
Great experience working with Chef Knives to Go. Quick delivery, and they are great about returning emails. I'm actually waiting on my second knife from them. I'm sure there will be more to come.
Very grateful such a dedicated and informative group of people provide excellent steel at competitive prices with superior customer service! A million thank yous!
Great service and quick shipping. Best selection of Japanese knives around. I recommend this site to all of my fellow culinary professionals!
Always the best. Quick shipping, description matches what is delivered and the price, you can't beat them. I always come here to order anything I might need for the kitchen and I am never disappointed.
My go to company for kitchen gear. Awesome selection of knives and tools. Super fast shipping. Never had a problem and questions about all products are answered quickly. Great customer service.