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!
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.
Super sharp and maintains an edge, perfectly balanced
Love the look and feel of it. I particularly like the fit and finish on the handle.
Awesome experience! Great company. Great customer service from Koki. The knife is absolutely beautiful and incredible in quality. I will buy more.
This is a beautifully made knife very sharp feels good in the hand.
It was a long wait but it was worth waiting for! Best go to knife for all utilities! In any kitchen for a small knife it’s got a nice height for the heel section thus making it broader than most utility or petty knives! Thank you Mr Iwahara san for helping me in my choice and making sure I get what suits me most! Appreciate your help n also going out of your way to help get for me this lifetime’s dream sunglasses. Your kindness n sincerity is unsurpassed Mr Iwahara San.