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Master Saji had the idea of using a Hanabi (Japanese Fireworks) theme for the Urushi and Maki-e decorated knife just in time for the summer season, which is the time of year when fireworks displays are held throughout Japan as part of the seasonal festivities. Master Tsukada used all of his experience and technical knowledge to capture the beauty and drama of fireworks and now you can enjoy the spectacular combination of beautiful Japanese summer fireworks and Master Saji’s gorgeous custom Damascus knife at the same time!
In order to match the decorative Maki-e artwork, Master forge-smith Takeshi Saji created some his unique multi-colored Damascus steel blade, which is made by forging a core of Blue #2 steel together with multiple layers of stainless steel, brass and copper. Each blade has a traditional Hamaguri-ba (convex) grind and a ‘hidden tang’ that is fitted with a stainless steel bolster and a black, Urushi lacquered handle.
In addition to the decorative Urushi / Maki-e Saya (Sheath), each knife also comes with a traditional Nishijin-ori woven cloth pouch and braided tassel (Nishijin-ori textiles use a traditional Japanese weaving technique that was invented by weavers who settled in the Nishijin district of Kamigyō-ku ward in the city of Kyoto).
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 Urushi & Makie Series “Hanabi Motif” Gyuto
Blade Material: Blue Steel No.2 Rainbow Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62 to 63
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Urushi&Makie Handle with Stainless Steel Bolster
Saya Included: Yes.
Gyuto 180mm (7")
Cutting edge length: 185mm
Total Length: 295mm
Blade Thickness: 2.4mm
Blade Width: 39mm
Handle Length: 112mm
Total Weight: 154g
Gyuto 210mm (8.2")
Cutting edge length: 215mm
Total Length: 335mm
Blade Thickness: 2.5mm
Blade Width: 45mm
Handle Length: 123mm
Total Weight: 217g
Gyuto 240mm (9.4")
Cutting edge length: 250mm
Total Length: 375mm
Blade Thickness: 3mm
Blade Width: 51mm
Handle Length: 123mm
Total Weight: 266g
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 Carbon steel blade kitchen knife that can get rust and discolor easily, and requires extra care and attention to prevent rust.