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Takeshi Saji

Takeshi Saji SRS-13 Hammer Forged, Custom Handmade Handle Series "Designed By Nomura" Petty 135mm (5.3 inch, Black Linen Micarta Handle)

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Experienced Forge-Smith Takeshi Saji, creates a variety of fine masterpieces and fine custom knives.

Takeshi Saji is always seeking new possibilities that will make each of his knives unique and outstanding.

This time, Takeshi Saji chosen to work with SRS-13, a high quality Powdered High Speed Tool Steel produced by Sanyo Steel Company. Master Saji has great confidence in the supreme cutting performance, edge retention and corrosion resistance offered by SRS-13 because it has a fine microstructure and a very rich Chemical Composition, including a high percentage of Carbon, similar to that of Japan’s Premium Aogami Super Hagane (Blade steel).

With a beautiful mirror polish and unique 網細工 “MESH" design Tsuchime texture, Master Saji’s newly developed SRS-13 Custom Knives have an appearance unlike any of his other knives.

The attractive shiny SRS-13 blade core of these knives contrasts strongly against the textured, soft stainless steel outer cladding layers. The hand-contoured Black Linen Micarta Handle provides a secure grip and extra durability. Unlike the bland machine-produced handles of regular Western-style knives,  when we grip the handles of Takeshi Saji’s knives, we can feel the warmth of the craftsman’s vision for his entire handle making process - They are truly something special to own, hold and use. The custom handcrafted handles perfectly match his handcrafted, Traditional hammer forged blades, which have much more ‘soul”. Master Saji’s knives are also fitted with a polished stainless steel bolster for improved handle durability and blade balance. So, taken as a complete package, these knives are not only visually striking, they are also highly practical and easy to care for.

How is Takeshi Saji able to make such great custom handmade handles ?

As you may know, Takeshi Saji has produced a wide variety of knives during his long career, including a large collection of Custom Hammer Forged Traditional Outdoor Knives. So, just as he spent many years perfecting his hammer forging techniques, he has also invested a lot of time and energy in to perfecting his techniques for handcrafting custom knife handles. Among the other Japanese knife makers, this experience and knowledge has made Takeshi Saji and his knives particularly distinctive and noteworthy.

His own path, ideas and spirit have created the current Takeshi Custom Kitchen Knife Collection.

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 SRS-13 Hammer Forged, Custom Handmade Handle Series "Designed By Nomura" Petty 

Blade Material: SRS-13 with Stainless Steel Cladding

Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62 to 63

Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50

Handle Material: Black Linen Micarta Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster

Saya Included: No.


Petty 135mm (5.3")

Cutting edge length: 135mm
Total Length: 240mm
Blade Thickness: 2.2mm
Blade Width: 38mm
Handle Length: 105mm
Total Weight: 139g



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 Powdered High Speed Tool Steel blade core and stainless steel cladding of this kitchen knife are rust resistant for easy maintenance. However, the blade core may discolour or rust if the knife is kept in wet conditions for a long time.

  • Please do not put the knife in a dishwashing machine for cleaning.
  • Please do not leave the knife in water or wet conditions for a long time.
  • After use, please hand-wash the blade, bolster and handle thoroughly. After washing, wipe the knife clean and dry with a soft cloth and then store it in a dry place.
  • This knife is extremely sharp! Please use extreme care when handling and storing it.
  • Unlike German-made knives, Japanese knife blades are ground to a thin cutting edge for improved cutting performance and easier re-sharpening. Please protect the blade edge from hitting hard materials, or it might chip or crack.
  • Please do not use the knife to cut frozen foods, bone, or any hard shell foods such as lobster or crab.
  • When your knife eventually becomes dull, we recommend using Japanese whetstones to re-sharpen it.

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