Takeshi Saji is now 74 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 knives. 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!
Takeshi Saji is a very well respected Master Smith, who specializes in making traditional hammer forged Japanese knives. We are often surprised by the variety of ideas he has and the very distinctive materials and rare steel that he uses for his custom knives.
Master Saji has just completed a fresh new batch of traditional hammer forged custom kitchen knives that, once again, feature his unique multi-colored Damascus. The blades have a core of VG-10W Cobalt-Tungsten Stainless steel (HR.c 61 to 62), which has been clad with multiple layers of rust-resistant stainless steel, brass and copper.
VG-10W Cobalt-Tungsten Stainless Steel is newly developed high-grade Stainless Steel, which improves upon the reputable, time-tested VG-10 Stainless Steel. According to the examinations and tests conducted by the experts at Takefu Steel Company, a VG-10W Stainless Steel blade that is properly heat treated, hammer forged and crafted, will provide increased durability and remarkably improved cutting performance and edge retention.
The Copper layers of the Damascus have a delicate Pink color and the Brass layers have a Golden color. Additionally, the Gray-Silver Damascus layers enhance both the clarity and vivid color of the beautiful Pink (Copper) and Gold (Brass) layers. When we inspect these rare and distinctive Rainbow Damascus custom knives, we can really sense Takeshi Saji’s life-long passion for, and dedication to, the art of knife making.
The Gold and Copper tones of the Rainbow Damascus also beautifully compliment with the custom handmade handle.
One day at the US Knife Show, we accidentaly met with this Wild and rare, Dark Brown Color Stabilized Spruce Cones 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.
Each knife comes with a traditional Wooden Presentation Box that is inscribed with Takeshi Saji’s name.
The Bunka is a general-purpose kitchen knife that used to be just as popular as the Santoku, but has become less commonplace in recent years. With its tall blade, the Bunka knife is particularly suitable for cutting vegetables or fruit and the triangular tip area is particularly useful for detailed work and cutting fish or meat.
Knife Model: Takeshi Saji SUMMIT ― Limited Edition Custom Series SMT-616 VG-10W Multi-Colored Golden-Rainbow Damascus Series Bunka 175mm
Blade Material: VG-10W Multi-Colored Golden-Rainbow Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 61 to 62
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Dark Brown Color Stabilized Spruce Cones Hybrid Wood Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster
Saya Included: No.
Bunka 175mm (6.8")
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 quality and performance of Japanese knives are best in the world and hope you enjoy fine craftsmanship and spirits from your new knife. With proper cares, every Japanese knife can be your special cooking partner for long time.
This is the Stainless steel blade kitchen knife, which has good rust resistance for easy maintenance. However even stainless steel blade kitchen knife has rust situation if you leave it with wet condition.