Takeshi Saji R2/SG2 Black Damascus 240mm Kiritsuke Gyuto with Ironwood Handle
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This Kiritsuke Gyuto is handcrafted by Echizen master blacksmith Takeshi Saji using R2/SG2 steel, heat-treated to 63 HRC. The blade features a black-etched (Kurosome) Damascus finish that extends to the grind in this beautiful suminagashi pattern, and is paired with a beautifully polished ironwood handle. The famous Saji quality when it comes to forging, heat-treatment and grinding, and the thinness behind the edge make this knife a superior cutting performer.
- Origin (Made in): Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, Japan
- Brand: Takeshi Saji
- Craftsman: Takeshi Saji
- Knife Type: Kiritsuke Gyuto
- Construction: San Mai
- Grind: Double-edged Blade (50/50 Grind)
- Hagane (Core Steel): R2/SG2
- Jigane (Cladding): Stainless Steel
- Hardness: 63 HRC
- Hand-forged, hand-grinded, hand-sharpened
- Blade Finishes:
- Kurosome (Black Etched)
- Blade Length: 210mm (8.2") / 240mm (9.4")
- Blade Height (at heel): 49mm / 50mm
- Spine Thickness
- Above heel: 2.1mm / 2.5mm
- Middle: 1.9mm / 2.0mm
- Shape: Western-shaped
- Material: Desert Ironwood
- Bolster: Stainless Steel
- Length: 124mm / 132mm
- Overall Length: 343mm / 378mm
- Weight: 235g (8.29oz) / 268g (9.45oz)
- Hand Chiseled Mark: In Japanese Kanji "Saji Made" (佐治作)
- Comes in a Saji wood box.
About Takeshi Saji 佐治 武士
Master Saji is the third generation blacksmith of Takefu City, Fukui Prefecture, who has been certified as a traditional knife craftsman at the age of 44. Now in his 70s, with over 30 years of experience in making handcrafted knives, Master Saji makes breathtakingly beautiful Damascus knives, which often paired with unique custom handles such as handcrafted iron wood handles. Having became a legend in hunting knife making, Master Saji has a unique eye for fine finish, and he's also innovating constantly by brining new looks to knives.
Wash and dry with a soft sponge, and safely store after use. Avoid cutting into bones, frozen foods, hard fruit pits.
Recommended cutting surface: wood, rubberized boards and high-end composites, and quality plastics such as polyethene make acceptable cutting surfaces, and will help protect and prolong knife’s edge. AVOID glass, metal, countertops, and other rigid, non-forgiving surfaces.
We recommend sharpening all quality Japanese knives on whetstones, as we believe they yield the best results for your knives.
I am very pleased with so many things about this particular knife. The black Damascus finish is truly eye catching. The finish on the knife is great. It is sharp out of the box. And most importantly, how comfortable it feels in my hand and its great balance. I figured the ironwood handle would be dense and add weight to the that end of the knife. The handle is quite comfortable. This knife will be one of my kitchen regulars/
This is an absolutely gorgeous knife and very comfortable to use. With the full tang, bolster and Western style handle, it has a nice heft to the knife and a great balance point. I would probably classify this as a workhorse knife versus a laser. Minor item - while the knife is sharp, it is not super sharp. I am going to refine the edge on a whetstone, polishing stone and strop to see if I can get it super sharp (which I think I can). Overall super happy with the purchase and this is getting daily use.
Regarding the sharpness, actually some craftsmen opt not to have the blade sharpened to the extreme, because they rather leave an option for customers to sharpen the edge to the sharpness they prefer - not everyone prefer having their knives razor sharp. What’s important for a sleek cutting performance is the steel quality and the edge geometry (tapering) instead - you can have a knife with a very sharp edge but cuts terribly.