Takeshi Saji is now 72 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 tirelessly researches new ways to improve his products and create original, attractive knives.
In late summer 2020, Takeshi Saji has just finished a new collection of knives. When I first handled his new knives, I was immediately impressed by their overall quality. In particular, I felt the blade finish and sleek handle complimented each other exceptionally well and that this combination had a very natural appearance. I realized that Takeshi Saji’s new Custom knives had become a 'next stage' product and reached a new level of refinement.
The hammer forged R-2 blade (HRc. 62 to 63) is clad with soft stainless steel and features a very natural-looking Tsuchime Hammered texture, which is created with simple round dimples.
The simple cladding contrasts vividly with the R-2 blade core and the wavy lamination line provides a beautiful design accent.
The blade is very thin and finely ground, resulting in excellent cutting performance and blade balance. Shaped by hand to ensure a comfortable, secure grip, the oval handle is made from beautifully figured Quince Burl Wood and has a seamless stainless steel bolster and butt for improved balance and durability (Spacers are Black Fiber & Nickel Silver).
A number of forge smiths produce traditional hammer forged kitchen knives, but very few of them have the skill and precise control that is necessary to produce Western-style custom handle that are sturdy and have good blade balance. Takeshi Saji continues to make practical, fine, custom hand-made Western-style kitchen knives using traditional hammer forging techniques!
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. The Gyuto is true multi-purpose knife.
Knife Model: Takeshi Saji Nature Series — Hammer Forged R-2 Gyuto
Blade Material: Hammer Forged R-2 Clad
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62 to 63
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Quince Burl Wood Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster and Butt
Saya Included: No.
Gyuto 210mm (8.2")
Cutting edge length: 210mm
Total Length: 350mm
Blade Thickness: 2mm
Blade Width: 47mm
Handle Length: 120mm
Total Weight: 193g
Gyuto 240mm (9.4")
Cutting edge length: 240mm
Total Length: 380mm
Blade Thickness: 2mm
Blade Width: 50mm
Handle Length: 125mm
Total Weight: 211g
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 fine craftsmanship and sharp edge with your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife should be your special cooking partner for long times.
This is the Powdered High Speed Tool Steel blade kitchen knife that has a rust resistance for easy maintenance. However, it may get rust, if kept in wet condition.
Knives from Koki are the most consistent in quality. Never once damaged when received. This is no different. This got a nice blade profile
Got this as an early Christmas gift and, wow!, this knife is awesome. Comes very sharp and cuts like a dream. I'm a chef and I can’t wait to pit this thing through the paces! Only thing i would point out is that the handle, while beautiful and made from burl wood which is mostly stable on its own, is not sealed. This gives it a little better grip in hand, but keep in mind that you will want to hit it with some mineral oil every once in a while. Not a con at all. Just worth mentioning.
I recently purchased the Takeshi Saji Nature Series — Hammer Forged R-2 Gyuto, 210mm, Quince Burl Wood Handle) knife. It is outstanding in every way: sharpness, steel, quality. I always purchase quality knives from Koki. I’m preparing a new order as I write for a matching paring knife. Why buy junk when we have this resource? Super fast shipping.