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 insists on creating and making his own unique custom kitchen knifes. He also spends significant time and energy teaching and mentoring the next generation of young forge smiths and craftsmen at the 'Takefu Knife Village Cooperative’.
We all respect Takeshi Saji’s extensive knowledge and his lifelong devotion to knife making and the cutlery industry.
In the year 2020, we have worked with closely with Master Saji to create a new range of top-tier knives that will include unique 'one-of-a-kind' knives and limited edition custom knives, which will often feature special handles. Today, we are very excited to introduce the Saji SUMIT ― Limited Edition Custom Series!
“Beautiful” and “Japanese Tradition” are the words that perhaps best describe these Custom Rainbow Damascus kitchen knives from Master Blacksmith Takeshi Saji.
One day at the US Knife Show, we accidentaly met with this Fancy Stabilized Blue Spruce Cones Hybrid Wood material and requested Master Saji to use this special wood for his very limited VG-10 Rainbow Damascus Stainless Steel Blade.
The unique multi-colored Damascus blades match the Shinning Back & Fancy Stabilized Blue Spruce Cones Hybrid Wood Handles. The knife handles are also fitted with a polished metal bolster for improved durability and blade-balance. The blades feature a core of VG-10 Stainless Steel that is clad with multiple layers of rust-resistant stainless steel, brass and copper.
As you may already know, Master Saji is always seeking new methods and ideas for his innovative and distinctive traditional hammer forged knives. His expertise in advanced forging techniques and fabricating custom handles has allowed the creation of these very special, and utterly unique, custom Damascus knives.
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 SUMIT ― Limited Edition Custom Series VG-10 Rainbow Damascus Series Petty
Blade Material: VG-10 with Rainbow Damascus Cladding
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Shinning Black Color Stabilized Blue Spruce Cones Hybrid Wood Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster
Saya Included: No.
Petty 135mm (5.3")
Cutting edge length: 135mm
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 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 Stainless steel blade kitchen knife that has a good rust resistance for easy maintenance. However, it may get rust, if kept in wet condition.
Excellent knife! A piece of art!