This Kiritsuke Gyuto is handcrafted by Echizen master blacksmith Takeshi Saji using SRS13 steel, heat-treated to 63 HRC. The blade features a tsuchime finish that extends to the grind with a beautiful suminagashi (Damascus) pattern, and is paired with a premium ebony handle with white buffalo horn kuchiwa. 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): SRS13
- Jigane (Cladding): Stainless Steel
- Hardness: 63± HRC
- Hand-forged, hand-grinded, hand-sharpened
- Blade Finishes:
- Tsuchime (Hammered)
- Blade Length: 240mm (9.4")
- Blade Height (at heel): 51mm
- Spine Thickness
- Above heel: 2.0mm
- Middle: 1.9mm
- Shape: Hachikaku (Octagonal)
- Material: Ebony
- Kuchiwa: Black / White Buffalo Horn
- Length: 138mm
- Overall Length: 388mm
- Weight: 192g (6.77oz)
- Hand Chiseled Mark: In Japanese Kanji "Saji Made" (佐治作)
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.
About SRS13 Steel
SRS13 steel is the newer innovative high speed powdered stainless steel, which can be heat treated to HRC64. They are extremely sharp and fast cutting. Sometimes artisans choose not to push the HRC to the limit, leaving room for flexibility. Compared with SG2/R2 steel, SRS13 steel is less likely to chip due to the flexibility.
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.