Takeshi Saji is now 72 years old and has become one of the most well-known and experienced forge smiths in Japan. Just as the sun is vital for life on earth, Takeshi Saji’s existence is very important to many young forge smiths and customers.
Takeshi Saji’s new “Ocean Sunshine” series of knives once again reminded me of his importance as a craftsman and his powerful, beautiful, wild spirit.
Beautifully mirror polished, these shinning VG-10 blades have an attractive Wavy Damascus pattern and a unique Tsuchime Hammered Texture. Heat treated to HRc. 62, these hammer-forged blades feature a stainless VG-10 core, outer layers of custom forged Nickel Stainless Damascus steel and a traditional Japanese Hamaguri-Ba (Convex) blade grind that provides a remarkable combination of cutting performance and edge retention.
You can truly sense that Master Saji’s vitality and powerful spirit are present in these blades
Master Saji chose layered black Linen Micarta® for the handle scales because it is durable, water-resistant and resists shrinkage very well. We think the aesthetic contrast between these simple, practical Linen Micarta® Handles and the beautiful Sunshine Damascus blade is perfect.
The long, narrow, graceful blade of the Sujihiki is particularly useful for trimming away sinew and fat from meat, finely slicing meat or boneless fish, or for filleting and skinning fish. The long blade allows the meat or fish to be cut in one single drawing motion, from heel to tip.
Knife Model: “Ocean Sunshine”: Takeshi Saji VG-10 Hammered Damascus Series Sujihiki
Blade Material: VG-10 Nickel Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62 Blade
Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Black Linen Micarta Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster
Saya Included: No.
Sujihiki 240mm (9.4")
Cutting edge length: 240mm
Total Length: 370mm
Blade Thickness: 2.4mm
Blade Width: 42mm
Handle Length: 123mm
Total Weight: 236g
Sujihiki 270mm (10.6")
Cutting edge length: 270mm
Total Length: 395mm
Blade Thickness: 2.4mm
Blade Width: 41mm
Handle Length: 117mm
Total Weight: 235g
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 Stainless steel blade kitchen knife that has a good rust resistance for easy maintenance. However, it may get rust, if kept in wet condition.