Takeshi Saji rainbow vg10 sujihiki 270mm EN
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Takeshi Saji rainbow vg10 sujihiki 270mm is the Japanese version of a slicer or fillet knife. Indeed this blade is mainly used for cutting meat and fish.
History and curiosity
Takeshi Saji is one of the pillars of Japanese cutlery, with his 83 years including 56 years of experience in forging, he is a pioneer in the creation of extraordinary 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 village of the knife of Takefu (Takefu Knife Village). His goal was to bring together the blacksmiths of the area so that they could work together and share their knowledge, and 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 that 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 Damascus steel is stainless. The core of the blade is made of VG10 steel, which is also resistant to oxidation. A steel widely used in Japanese cutlery, with a hardness of around 61-62 HRC. The latter can acquire incredible mechanical properties when worked by masters like Saji-san.
The handle is made with stabilized and dyed boxelder burl, copper spacers and “pink damascus” resin ferrule.
Here is more detailed information for the Takeshi Saji rainbow vg10 sujihiki 270mm:
Blacksmith: Takeshi Saji
series: rainbow damascus
steel: VG10 with stainless coating
type: sujihiki 270mm
thickness at heel: 2.6mm
thickness at the tip: 0.6 mm
blade height: 3.7 cm
weight: 166 g