Takeshi Saji rainbow VG10 damascus nakiri EN


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Takeshi Saji rainbow vg10 damascus nakiri is a traditional Japanese blade mainly used for cutting vegetables.

History and curiosity

Takeshi Saji is one of the pillars of Japanese cutlery, with his 83 years of age including 56 years of experience in forging, he is a pioneer in the creation of unusual Damascus steel patterns. He has announced his retirement, so his creations will be increasingly difficult to find.

Saji-san with other pillars like Katsushige Anryu, Hiroshi Kato among others, in the year 2000 created the Takefu Knife Village (Takefu Knife Village). Its goal was to bring together blacksmiths in the area so that they could work together and share their knowledge, but also to inspire new generations to continue this tradition.

Today, many world-famous blacksmiths work side by side in the village of Takefu, such as Yu Kurosaki, Yoshimi Kato, Takumi Ikeda and even Takeshi Saji among others.

This blade is part of the Rainbow Damascus series which takes its name from the colorful Damascus which characterizes the blades. Saji-san added alternating brass and copper notches in the bending of the steel to achieve this pattern. Despite the presence of copper and brass, this steel is stainless. The core of the blade is made of vg10 steel, with a hardness of 62 HRC (Hardness Rockwell “C”).

The handle

For this blade we chose a handle made from dyed and stabilized amboyna burl, resin spacers and ebony ferrule and bottom cap.

Technical sheet

Blacksmith: Takeshi Saji

series: rainbow damascus

steel: VG10

type: nakiri

length: 16.5cm

thickness of blade at heel: 1.8 mm

thickness of the blade at the tip: 1.5 mm

blade height: 5.19 cm

weight: 185 gr

Additional information

Weight 0.3 kg


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