Takeshi Saji is now 74 years old and is one of the most experienced and famous forge smiths in Takefu (Now Echizen City), Fukui Prefecture.
He is still very active and insists on creating and making his own unique custom kitchen knifes. He also spends significant time and energy teaching and mentoring the next generation of young forge smiths and craftsmen at the 'Takefu Knife Village Cooperative’.
We all respect Takeshi Saji’s extensive knowledge and his lifelong devotion to knife making and the cutlery industry.
Since the year 2020, we have been working closely with Master Saji to create a new range of top-tier knives that will include unique 'one-of-a-kind' knives and limited edition custom knives, which will often feature special handles. Today, we are very excited to introduce the Saji SUMMIT ― Limited Edition Custom Series!
The unique multi-colored Damascus blades feature a core of Blue #2 high-carbon steel that is clad with multiple layers of rust-resistant stainless steel, brass and copper.
As you may already know, Master Saji is always seeking new methods and ideas for his innovative and distinctive traditional hammer forged knives. His expertise in advanced forging techniques and fabricating custom handles has allowed the creation of these very special, and utterly unique, custom Damascus knives.
This Custom Limited Edition Takeshi Saji Rainbow Damascus Wa-Gyuto Knife with Contemporary, Stylish Wa Handle and a matching Black Lacquered wood Saya (Sheath) with a black pakkawood Saya pin. The Innovative Octagonal Ebony wood handle with a Forest Green Composite Stone Ferrule & Butt with Nickel Silver Spacers.
The Gyuto is the Japanese version of the classic Western Chef’s knife. It can be used with a variety of different cutting techniques to achieve a wide range of kitchen tasks and is suitable for cutting the vast majority of meats, fish, vegetables and fruits.
Knife Model: Takeshi Saji SUMMIT Custom Limited Edition, Rainbow Damascus Series Wa Gyuto 270mm
Blade Material: Rainbow Damascus (Blue Steel No.2)
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 63
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Octagonal Ebony wood handle with a Forest Green Composite Stone Ferrule & Butt with Nickel Silver Spacers.
Saya Included: Yes. (Black Lacquered Wooden Saya)
Wa Gyuto 270mm (10.6")
This knife comes with 50/50 double bevel edge geometry for both right and left handed use.
For your information, Japanese Kitchen knives are generally designed for right hand use with a slightly thicker and rounded grinding on the right side blade and a less rounded (almost straight flat) grinding on the left side blade. However, both right and left hander can use the knives that have double bevel edge sharpened 50/50 without problems.
We believe the quality and cutting performance of Japanese knives are the best in the world, and hope you enjoy the fine craftsmanship and its sharp edge of your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for a long time.
This is the Carbon steel blade kitchen knife that can get rust and discolor easily, and requires extra care and attention to prevent rust.