“Beautiful” and “Japanese Tradition” are the words that perhaps best describe these Custom Rainbow Damascus kitchen knives from Master Blacksmith Takeshi Saji.
The unique multi-colored Damascus blades match the natural figure and grain of the Ironwood Handles and the decorative mosaic pins exceptionally well. The knife handles are also fitted with a polished metal bolster for improved durability and blade-balance. The 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.
A mainstay of professional Western kitchens, the Petty knife is a small general-purpose knife used for peeling, shaping, and slicing fruits and vegetables, chopping herbs, and making garnishes. The compact size and relatively narrow blade of the Petty knife mean that it is very nimble and controllable, thus it is ideal for making precise cuts.
Knife Model: Takeshi Saji Rainbow Damascus Series Petty
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: Ironwood handle with Stainless Steel Bolster
Saya Included: No.
Petty 135mm (5.3")
Cutting edge length: 135mm
Petty 150mm (5.9")
Cutting edge length: 150mm
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 that Japanese knives have the best quality and cutting performance in the world, and we hope that you will enjoy the fine craftsmanship and sharp edge of your new knife. With proper care, your new Japanese knife will be your faithful cooking partner for many years to come.
The Carbon Steel blade of this kitchen knife can discolor or rust easily. Consequently, extra care and attention are required to prevent it from rusting.
We have seveal knives from Master Saji in our household and all are excellent - this one is no exception. This one has a unique damascus patterns with layers of brass and copper - it is hard to capture on photos as the silver of stainless is really shiny, but it looks very striking. I am also pleased with the choice of ironwood for handle - probably my favorite wood for knife handles - great looking and with high strenght/density. I am very happy with this knife - but then, you cannot go wrong with any knife from Master Saji :)
Sharpness - nearly perfect out of the gate. Have not sharpened yet so can't comment on ease of sharpening. Ironically, the most perfectly sharpened knife I've owned was a Tojiro hammered VG10 - nothing fancy about it but the sharpness and edge was perfect. This Saji is the second-best I've owned - great edge out of the box. Knife size - I was worried that the 135 mm would be too short, but I've been using it a lot. Great for cutting smaller vegetables, herbs and fish. Appearance - the knife looks even better in person than the photos. Rainbow damascus is very noticeable. The core will patina, so the last 5 mm or so at the cutting edge will have that. Grip - the little notch at the end of the blade near the tang is perfect to lock in your finger whether using a pinch grip or otherwise. Recommend, especially for those looking for something unique and different.