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Takeshi Saji

Takeshi Saji Nature Series — Hammer Forged R-2 SNR-1 Petty 135mm (Quince Burl Wood Handle)

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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.

When I first handled this Saji Knife, 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!

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 Nature Series — Hammer Forged R-2 SNR-1 Petty 135mm

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.


Petty 135mm (5.3")
Cutting edge length: 134mm
Total Length: 257mm
Blade Thickness: 2mm
Blade Width: 35mm
Handle Length: 108mm
Total Weight: 102g



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.

  • Please do not put the knife in the dishwasher machine for cleaning.
  • Please do not leave the knife in water or wet condition for long time.
  • After using, please hand wash the blade, bolster and handle thoroughly, and wipe it clean and dry with soft clothes, and keep it in dry place.
  • This is an extremely sharp knife. Please use special cares in using and storing it.
  • Unlike German made knives, Japanese knife blades are ground to thin cutting edge for sharper cutting and easier re-sharpening. Please protect the edge from hitting hard materials to avoid chipping or cracking.
  • Please do not use it to cut bone or frozen foods, any hard shell foods such as lobster and crab..
  • We recommend using Japanese whetstones to re-sharpen the knife, when it gets dull.


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    Ron S.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    My new favorite everyday prep knife.

    I'm impressed, it's a hand made hammer forged knife that looks every bit as refined as the mass produced big brands. Can't get this good of steel from a factory brand though, and certainly can't find one with a blade this thin. Great work Master Saji and crew, I hope to add more of their knives to my growing collection.

    Tim H.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    I recommend this product

    Takeshi Saji Nature Series — Hammer Forged R-2 SNR-1 Petty 135mm

    Great little petty. Very happy with it. Service from JCK was faultless as always. I can not recommend Takeshi Saji knives enough.

    Grant P.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    First rate

    Very sharp. Excellent balance and comfortable handle.

    Joseph B.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Beautiful and precise knife

    Super sharp and maintains an edge, perfectly balanced

    Will B.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Great knife!

    Love the look and feel of it. I particularly like the fit and finish on the handle.

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