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Takeshi Saji

Takeshi Saji R-2 Custom Black Damascus Wild Series Santoku 180mm (7 inch, Ironwood Handle)

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Master Saji has now been making knives for over 40 years and has become highly experienced in his art.

After testing and evaluating a very reputable Powdered Metallurgy High Speed Tool Steel, called “R-2” (Manufactured by Kobelco), he decided to produce an exciting new range of this traditionally hammer-forged Damascus kitchen knife using this modern ‘super steel’.

A dark R-2 Damascus blade, which features a crisp and vigorous Damascus pattern. This knife fitted with the natural figure and grain of the Ironwood Handle and polished stainless steel bolster and rivets, which match the energetic style of the Damascus blade.

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 R-2 Custom Black Damascus Wild Series Santoku

Blade Material: R-2 Nickel Damascus

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.


Santoku 180mm (7")
Cutting edge length: 185mm
Total Length: 305mm
Blade Thickness: 2.4mm
Blade Width: 51mm
Handle Length: 120mm
Total Weight: 229g



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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    Malaysia Malaysia
    I recommend this product


    This is a beautiful beautiful knife. The black damascus blade is gorgeous and the ironwood handle is quite something. The ironwood handle has a lovely silky feel - the fact that it is a dense wood helps. Truthfully, i bought the blade because it's a Saji and for it's looks but it is very nice in the hand. The fact that it is easier to maintain than the high carbon steel blades is a bonus. JCK makes buying knives a very easy process- they are always efficient and prompt and helpful - not so good for the wallet since they have wonderful products that are hard to resisist buying but their prices are reasonable for the product you're getting. Thank you JCK

    Graham W.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Lovely finish - high quality

    Heavy for size. Lovely blade. Comes moderately sharp. Haven’t noticed any discoloration after several sessions prepping with citrus and onions (I rinsed them during use and cleaned knife immediately). Excellent edge retention.

    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    I recommend this product

    Exactly what I wanted

    I knew what I wanted and after some searching found Japanese Chefs Knife.com and I'm glad I did. Purchase, shipping etc was a breeze and to top it all my new knife is just excellent.

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    Jan D.
    Norway Norway
    I recommend this product

    a great knife

    Its my favourite knife now. No wonder. I was using global before. It felt a little heavy at the beginning but now im in love. So is my wife so i have had to sharpen it a couple of times, easy to sharpe it is. Takeshi knows what he is doing. No questions asked.

    Vincent A.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Fantastic workhorse

    Still sharp as ever. Almost a year since I purchased for my girlfriend and this is her go to knife for all prep. We have followed all of the instructions provided by JCK regarding taking care of the blade and it has treated us very well. As expensive as this blade is I want to make it last for the rest of our lives if we can.

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