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 knives. 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!
“Beautiful” and “Japanese Tradition” are the words that perhaps best describe these Custom Rainbow Damascus kitchen knives from Master Blacksmith Takeshi Saji.
At a US Knife Show, we recently discovered this extraordinary, rare, vividly-colored material, called "CrazyFiber". CrazyFiber is a handmade, high-grade modern material for producing handcrafted works of art, it was custom created by a knife maker for knife makers and artisans. This resin-based material has excellent durability and a very beautiful appearance, especially when it is polished. It has good resistance to water, oil and alcohol. We promptly asked Master Saji to make some very limited edition knives with this special material and now another small batch of Saji SUMMIT- Limited Edition Custom Series masterpiece knives are available.
The unique multi-colored Damascus blades match the Unique Handmade CrazyFiber "Purple Multi-Color" material used to make this Custom Handle has a beautiful appearance and, to ensure that the handle can be gripped comfortably, it has been carefully contoured and polished by hand. The handle scales are secured with a decorative Mosaic Pin that beautifully matches the Custom Rainbow Damascus blade and a stainless steel bolster has been fitted for improved durability and blade balance.
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.
The tall blade and rounded nose / tip of the Santoku make it a versatile knife that is well suited to cutting meat, fish, or vegetables; Hence it’s name, which literally means “Three-purpose”. The Santoku is often recommended as a multi-purpose kitchen knife.
Knife Model: Takeshi Saji SUMMIT ― Limited Edition Custom Series Blue Steel No.2 Rainbow Damascus Series Santoku
Blade Material: Blue Steel No.2 with Rainbow Damascus Cladding
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62 to 63
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Custom Handmade CrazyFiber "Purple Multi-Color" Handle with Stainless Steel bolster
Saya Included: No.
Santoku 180mm (7")
Cutting edge length: 178mm
This knife comes with 50/50 double bevel edge geometry for both right-handed and left-handed use.
Please Note: In general, Japanese Kitchen Knives are designed for right hand use and their blades have a relatively strong convex grind on the right-hand side and relatively weak convex grind (almost straight) on the left-hand side. However, double bevel edge knives with a 50/50 grind can be used by both right-handed and left-handed people without any 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.