Saji Santoku VG-10 Gold RWO 165mm (6.5")
Saji Santoku VG-10 Gold RWO 165mm (6.5")
Saji Santoku VG-10 Gold RWO 165mm (6.5")
Saji Santoku VG-10 Gold RWO 165mm (6.5")
Saji Santoku VG-10 Gold RWO 165mm (6.5")
Saji Santoku VG-10 Gold RWO 165mm (6.5")

Takeshi Saji

Saji Santoku VG-10 Gold RWO 165mm (6.5")


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Saji Santoku VG-10 Gold RWO 165mm is a versatile Japanese kitchen knife suitable for preparing meat, fish and vegetables. However, it would be an injustice to call it just a kitchen knife, as it is a remarkable example of blacksmith's craftsmanship - from its unique design to its very specific features.

Knives from the Gold series by blacksmith Takeshi Saji of the renowned Takefu Knife Village cooperative get their distinctive look from a special lamination process where brass is added to the outer layers to achieve a gold-colored damascus pattern. But it's not all about looks - Saji has opted for VG-10 steel with stainless properties and a high carbon content, resulting in a hardness of over 61 HRC, which means the knife will have an exceptionally fine edge.

Together with some of the master blacksmith's magic, this knife is a truly special piece that is sure to impress. A great addition to any knife enthusiast's collection.

Santoku knife is a versatile kitchen knife that will shine through all kinds of chopping and cutting on the kitchen board. Meat lovers will only miss a little bit of length with larger pieces of meat. Did you know that the word santoku means "knife of three virtues" in Japanese? The word san is number three, meaning that it can be used to prepare vegetables, fish and meat.

VG-10 (V for Vanadium, G for "gold" as in "gold standard") is made by Takefu Special Steel Company, a relatively small steel company that around 60 years ago managed to find just the right balance of different elements to create the most popular Japanese knife making steel today. VG-10 steel is stainless steel with relatively high Carbon (C) content (1%), 15% Chromium (Cr), 1% Molybdenum (Mo), 0.3% Vanadium (V) and 1.5% Cobalt (Co). The combination of Cr, Mo, and V forms a lot of hard carbides, making the steel abrasion resistant, which translates to long-lasting, smooth sharpness.
Learn more about knife maintenance here.

The blade’s unique look was achieved by wedging the blade's core between layers of softer, rust-resistant stainless steel, to which brass and copper were added. This lamination style is also called san-mai lamination. The result is a beautiful dark rainbow-colored damascus pattern, from which these knives got their name. This is not just a cosmetic feature, though, as the outer layers improve the knife's structural integrity and help prevent breakage, as well as any other damage such as corrosion of the blade.

It has a double bevel (symmetrical) blade with a hamaguri grind. The spine and choil of the blade are unpolished.

The beautiful gold-toned damascus pattern was achieved by adding brass to the outer protective layers of the blade, and the blade was further etched to create the unique dark appearance of the blade.

The rosewood handle in Japanese (Wa) style is comfortable for right- and left-handed users, due to its octagonal shape.

Takeshi Saji (1948) is one of the most distinguished blacksmith masters in Japan. In 1992, he was officially certified as a “Traditional Master Craftsman”, a prestigious title awarded only to the best craftsmen in Japan. He’s the third-generation blacksmith and his workshop is located at the Takefu Knife Village in Echizen, where he forges knives together with his two apprentices.

Blade shape: Santoku

Steel type: VG-10

Blade construction: San-Mai [brass + copper] / Hamaguri / damask

Hardness (HRC scale): 61

Overall length: 310mm (12.2")

Blade length: 165mm (6.5")

Blade height: 48mm (1.9")

Spine thickness: 2mm (0.08")

Weight: 130g (4.6 oz)

Handle length: 127mm (5")

Handle type / wood: Japanese (Wa) style / Rosewood

Kanji on the blade: "Takeshi Saji" 佐治 武士

Blacksmith: Takeshi Saji

Location of the smithy: ECHIZEN - TAKEFU KNIFE VILLAGE / Fukui Prefecture / Japan

☝️ Japanese kitchen knives in our store are handmade from natural materials. Slight variations in color, texture, weight and other dimensions are possible. We try to give a good photographic representation of our products, however computer screen resolution and colors do vary, so products might not look exactly as they are seen on screen.

Blade wear depends on the quality of steel, usage and maintenance of the blade. Japanese knives are made of high-quality steels. Follow these tips to keep your Japanese knife in top-notch shape:

✔ Use a wooden, plastic or rubber cutting board.
✔ After use, wash the knives and wipe them dry.
✔ For storage, use a knife holder or a protective knife sheath (saya).
✔ A good cutting technique is your best bet to prolong sharpness.
✔ Use sharpening stones to sharpen the knife.

❗️Don’t leave the knife in the sink. Wash it by hand.
❗️Don’t wash the knife in the dishwasher.
❗️Don’t use the knife on glass, ceramics, marble or steel surfaces.
❗️Don’t scrape the food off the cutting board with the edge of the blade. Use the spine of the knife instead.
❗️Knife is a tool intended for specific use - cutting food. It is not a can opener, screwdriver, trowel, wire cutter, hammer etc.

→ For more details, read our guide
Maintenance of Kitchen Knives.

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Each knife comes with:

✔️ Instructions and knife care leaflet.
✔️ A preventive Band-Aid – the knives are very sharp! 😉
✔️ Original box from the blacksmith, which we wrap in an old Japanese newspaper sheet – so every knife is ready to be passed on as a gift as soon as it hits your doorstep!
✔️ We also offer a special gift wrapping option with the traditional Japanese washi paper.

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