Master Takeshi Saji was inspired to create a KYŌTO themed knife that is decorated with beautiful Urushi (Lacquer) and Maki-e (Japanese lacquerware picture / artwork made with powdered metals). From approximately 794 to 1869 C.E. KYŌTO was the old Imperial capital of Japan and, today, you can still experience rich Japanese Traditions and see many historic, beautiful scenes and buildings there. Japanese lacquerware Master, Mr. Tsukada, used all of his experience and skill to express the famous, beautiful scenery and buildings of KYŌTO. So, 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).
The tall blade and rounded nose / tip of the Santoku make it a versatile knife that is well suited to cutting meat, fish, or vegetables; Hence it’s name, which literally means “Three-purpose”. The Santoku is often recommended as a multi-purpose kitchen knife.
Knife Model: Takeshi Saji Urushi & Makie Series “KYOTO Motif” Santoku
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.
Santoku 180mm (7")
Cutting edge length: 180mm
Total Length: 305mm
Blade Thickness: 2.4mm
Blade Width: 50mm
Handle Length: 117mm
Total Weight: 223g
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.
Actually haven't used the knife not that I an afraid to use it. The blade is gorgeous and fully functional as a Santoku. The item is more of an art piece. My plan was to keep it as a display item and use the knife only on rare occasions. The sheath, scabbard and woven cloth are beautiful works of art. Not inexpensive nevertheless I am completely satisfied.