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.
Since the year 2020, we have been working 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 SUMMIT ― Limited Edition Custom Series!
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, the energetic style of the Damascus blade. It is handcrafted using a complex series of forging processes and undergoes a specially formulated acid etching process.
One day at the US Knife Show, we accidentaly met with this rare and stylish, Dark Black & Transparent Super Black Silver Color Hybrid Wood Material. We promptly requested Master Saji to use this special wood for his very limited edition knife and now another masterpiece of Saji SUMMIT- Limited Edition Custom Series knife is available.
The Unique Custom Handmade Hybrid Wood Handle has a beautiful appearance and to ensure that it can be gripped comfortably, it has been carefully contoured and polished by hand. A decorative Mosaic Pin secures the handles scales and a stainless steel bolster has been fitted to improve the durability and blade balance of the knife.
The Gyuto is the Japanese version of the classic Western Chef’s knife. It can be used with a variety of different cutting techniques to achieve a wide range of kitchen tasks and is suitable for cutting the vast majority of meats, fish, vegetables and fruits. The Gyuto is true multi-purpose knife.
Knife Model: Takeshi Saji SUMMIT ― Limited Edition Custom Series R-2 Custom Damascus Gyuto 210mm
Blade Material: R-2 Nickel Black Custom Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62 to 63
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Dark Black & Transparent Super Black Silver Color Hybrid Wood Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster
Saya Included: No.
Gyuto 210mm (8.2")
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.
This knife is beautiful. I debated between this knife and the "Regular" Saji desert ironwood handle Black Damascus knife and ultimately chose this for its uniqueness. The quality of workmanship of fit and finish is excellent. The choil is rounded and smooth to accommodate your finger. The tang and handle joint is perfectly aligned with no sharp edges. The pins are flush with the handle. The blade tapers gently to a fine edge as it progresses to the tip. The Black Damascus pattern on the blade is striking and is wonderfully matched to the marble-look handle. The knife is perfectly balanced in hand and is heavier than it looks. It is not a delicate knife but is capable of doing delicate work. I used the knife for 7 days cutting various vegetables. Out of the box, it was quite sharp (8/10). A few gentle passes over a ceramic rod and a leather strop made it very sharp. The knife cuts effortlessly, and is very controllable. Compared to a smooth finish blade, the black damascus is slightly sticky on some foods but did not present any real issue. It will be used with respect and affection and passed down. Overall I am delighted with the knife. Thank you Takeshi Saji. The knife arrived in 3 days - Tokyo to Chicago! Koki is wonderful to deal with and very helpful and responsive in replying to emails. Excellent knife, great service! Thank you Koki!