The name Takeshi Saji is synonymous with Takefu Knife Village. He was one of the founding members of this kitchen knife creating focused village, along with other knife legends such as the now retired Katsushige Anryu and the late Masami Asai.
Though Saji-san has a variety of knife lines he works on, his flagship is definitely his rainbow Damascus line. The intermittent layers of copper, brass, and nickel are iconically the reason this line is called rainbow Damascus, just see for yourself. What's more? Some knife enthusiasts will give these knives a coffee etch to add even more contrast to these intermittent layers than what you see in the images. And if you want a no fuss type of knife where you don't need to worry about reactivity, then his VG10 rainbow Damascus will be your top choice as opposed to his carbon steel offerings.
There are those that just swear by a 180mm gyuto. Something about it having a blade style which is quite versatile in its cutting tasks, yet not being overwhelmingly long like a lot of gyutos can be. What's more? You'll find yourself reaching for a 180mm gyuto more and more, and forgetting about that 165mm santoku, just out of convenience.
This knife comes with no handle, so choose your own here.
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