Saji Takeshi

Saji Takeshi R2 Diamond Damascus Petty 150mm (5.9")

Utility Knife

Master Blacksmith Saji Takeshi’s forty years of knife crafting experience are exemplified in our Saji R2 Diamond Damascus line.  After building his reputation crafting Japan’s finest hunting blades, Saji has recently gained renown for the hand-forged kitchen knives he painstakingly produces in his Takefu City workshop.

His skill in mastering hard to work with steel is unparalleled, resulting in unique and beautiful designs.  Each step of the crafting process, from yake-ire to tempering, handling and sharpening is completed in house with the utmost attention to detail, resulting in high performing, exceptionally functional and exquisite pieces.

This line is made from R2 (SG2) powdered steel, with remarkable hardness and some of the best edge retention available.  Blades are thin behind the edge, with a slim blade profile from handle to tip.  Handles are crafted from cow bone and designed to fit snugly in the hand.


Handle material Cow Bone
Blade length 150 mm - (5.9")
Thickness at spine 1.6 mm 
Thickness at tip 0.7mm
Hardness (Rockwell scale) 63

Use & Care

  • Handwash in warm water and towel dry
  • Do not cut frozen foods
  • Use a sharpening stone, not a honing steel, to re-sharpen your Japanese chef knives

Works Well With

Akira-Saku Blue #2 Bunka 165mm
Vegetable Knife
Akira-Saku Blue #2 Funayuki Gyutou 165mm
Chef's Knife
Akira-Saku Blue #2 Funayuki Gyutou 180mm
Chef's Knife
Akira-Saku Blue #2 Funayuki Gyutou 210mm
Chef's Knife