This is the new model from “Urushi & Maki-e Series”, which has a Sakura Theme. The knife features a distinctive R-2 Powdered Metallurgy High Speed Tool Steel Custom Damascus bade that has a unique ‘random pattern’. It is produced using a complex series of forging processes and a specially formulated acid etching and polishing that, in combination, produce a unique Damascus blade that has a sparkling and aggressive pattern and an uneven surface texture.
To match the visual beauty of the Damascus blades, Master Saji commissioned Master Tsukada, a government-certified Urushi & Maki-e craftsman, to decorate the handle and Saya of these knives with beautiful scenes of Sakura. Because the beautiful scene Sakura extends from the Saya on to the handle of the knife, you can enjoy this exquisite art while the Saya keeps your knife safe from harm when it is not in use.
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 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 R-2 Custom Damascus Santoku
Blade Material: R-2 Nickel Damascus
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 62 to 63
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Urushi & Makie Handle
Saya Included: Yes.
Santoku 170mm (6.6")
Cutting edge length: 170mm
Total Length: 300mm
Blade Thickness: 2.2mm
Blade Width: 46mm
Handle Length: 128mm
Total Weight: 152g
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 Powdered High Speed Tool Steel blade kitchen knife that has a rust resistance for easy maintenance. However, it may get rust, if kept in wet condition.
The Urushi Maki-e looks even better than on the website pictures. This traditional Japanese piece of art is absolutely wonderful. The knife itself is really nice and sharp as it can be, the damascus pattern is unique. The Nishijin-ori pouch is very nice and suits perfectly the knife and saya. I truly respect and like the craftsmanship needed to accomplish a such beautiful item! Thanks to Master Saji, Master Tsakuda and all the people that made this. Again thanks to Koki for making it available for us. I feel like I have a part of Japan traditional art at home!