This masterpiece by Saji Hamono shows off the extraordinary fit and finish of their handles, with this beautiful handle made if quince wood.
He pebble pattern on the blade artfully added bu hand. Made of a top tier powdered metallurgy super steel, the performance matches its looks! Magnetic showcase box included.
Blade Steel Type : Mirror Finished SG2 (Super Gold 2 or R2) Micro Carbide Powder Stainless Steel Core
Cladding : Stainless Steel
Blade Edge : Double-Edged 50 / 50 bevel
HRC : approx. 63
Handle: Quince wood with stainless bolster and golden rings
Country of origin: Japan
Knife Type: Gyuto Knife
Blade Length 210mm
Saji is renowned for his finishes and handles. Before I bought this knife I found plenty of folks suggesting some form of: “he’s a master blacksmith, but how could his knives be worth these prices?” While I can’t speak about his other lines, after 7 months with this knife I can absolutely recommend it.
I’m a home cook with lots of nice knives & this has remained in regular rotation in my kitchen. The grind is very well done & inital sharpness was good. The SG2 steel is easy enough to get ultra-sharp on a decent set of stones & I often grab it knowing that I don’t need to baby it. The edge retention is excellent. There are some issues with food release but nothing worse than I’ve experienced from other Echizen knives. I like the profile, allowing for some light rocking, but it also feels great with push/pull cutting.
When it comes to the aesthetic, there’s a reason Saji has the reputation he does. The tsuchime looks amazing. The handle especially surprised me, as I normally use wa handles. This one's similar to a Shun Classic, but the balance is perfect for how I hold a pinch grip. The quince is beautiful with the bolster and cap, and a little mineral oil is well worth it to make it pop.
I can’t say whether this is the knife for you, but this knife surprised me. At this pricepoint I hope you’re considering multiple option, but I think this is a legitimately good knife for the price: great performance with excellent fit and finish.
Mine measures dead-on at 210mm and 198g
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