Master Takeshi Saji was inspired to create a Japanese Summer themed knife that is decorated with beautiful Urushi (Lacquer) and Maki-e (Japanese lacquerware picture / artwork made with powdered metals). You can now enjoy this impressive Maki-e artwork and Master Saji’s gorgeous Rainbow Damascus custom knife at the same time!
In order to match the decorative Maki-e artwork, Master Saji has created some of his unique multi-colored Damascus steel blades, which are made by forging a core of Hitachi Blue #2 steel and laminating it with multiple layers of stainless steel, brass and copper. Each blade has a traditional Hamaguri-ba (Convex) grind, a hidden blade tang, a stainless steel bolster and a handle that has been painted with black Urushi lacquer (Waterproof).
In addition to the decorative Urushi and Maki-e Saya (Sheath/scabbard), 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, Kyōtō).
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 Urushi & Makie Series “Japanese Summer Motif” Petty
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.
Petty 135mm (5.3")
Cutting edge length: 135mm
Total Length: 245mm
Blade Thickness: 2mm
Blade Width: 33mm
Handle Length: 109mm
Total Weight: 125g
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.
This knife is a true work of art. The blacksmith, Takeshi Saji is not only a reference in his profession but a very prolific person... he reinvents the art of the knife in each of his creations. In this one, the steel of the blade is in symbiosis with the sheath in Japanese Summer Motif version... it's great art! I am definitely a fan of this style and I hope to have the opportunity to acquire another piece in the Urushi & Makie Series collection.