Takeshi Saji started his apprenticeship at the age of 14 with his uncle in his hometown of Takefu where it has been at the forefront of knife making for over 700 years because of its purity of the Iron steel made of such clear spring water in the area and the highest grade of pine charcoal. Since Saji-san has a unique talent for creating outstanding edges and his natural affinity to this art, he was awarded the accolade of ‘Traditional Craftsman’ and at the extremely tender age (in knife-making terms) of 38, the Ministry of Culture honoured him as a ‘Living Treasure’ of Japan – the youngest person ever to receive this high honour.
The High-End Niji V Gold collection is created by the renowned Japanese blacksmith & craftsman Takeshi Saji.
His talent in making knives using innovative techniques as well as traditional forging methods enables Saji to design these functional works of art. People are often captivated by these beautiful knife collections, which almost seem too stunning to use. Yet as they are so effective, everyone loves to use them and display them in their kitchens.
Super Gold 2 is Powder Steel, a registered trademark of Takefu Special Steel Co Ltd. A large quantity of high alloy ingredients are included by powder metallurgy. And it is super high-quality steel that is rich in high corrosion-resistant, high hardness, high toughness, and high wear resistance. Though this HRC is high, it is easy to relatively re-sharpen it. And the edge retention is outstanding. Thus professional Chefs all around the world also love this steel.
Released from the workshops in Takefu, this collection of remarkable blades are made of VG10 steel (1% carbon and 15% Chrome) and decorated with a “rainbow” damask made with 30 stainless steel. VG10 is very famous steel in the world of cutlery because it is the perfect balance between flexibility, sharpness and solidity. The hardness of the blades is Hardness 64 HRC + /- 1.
Finally, the handle is made of cow horn sculpted to give the typical shape of Takeshi Saji handles.
Made by Takeshi Saji san
R2 Powder Steel
Blade Material: Super Gold 2 (High-Speed Stainless Steel) R2/SG2 (Stain resistant steel)
Hardness 64 HRC + /- 1
Blade Type: Double-edged blade
Handle Material: Cowhorn
Made in Japan
Use and Care
– Do not attempt to cut, hit or chop frozen products or bones. The blade can chip or break.
– Hand wash with warm water and towel dry.
– Use a sharpening stone to maintain the sharpness of the blade.
– Do not use a dishwasher to clean your knife.
Bunka: This shape has an edge profile similar to a Santoku but with a very pointed tip. Ideal where the tip is needed for very precise fruit and vegetable carving or piercing soft foods. Function – Multi-purpose chef knife. For Slicing, Dicing and Mincing of vegetables, meat and fish. Normal length – 160mm to 240mm. Tip: With the acutely pointed tip more care is required than a Santoku or Gyuto to avoid breaking the tip.