Gyuto 240mm Black Etched Gold Damascus with Ironwood Handle


Perhaps one of Japans most respected blacksmiths, Saji Takeshi has been forging knives for over 30 years. Saji san has one of the most recognizable profiles in Japan today. Deeply inspired by tradition hunting knives, a Saji Takeshi knife features aggressive geometry laser thin profiles and premium cutting performance.

Saji san’s designs are some of the most unique around, often combining various steels and metals to create beautiful pattern Damascus, which is used to clad his knives. At the core you will find premium steels like VG10, Aogami Super, R2 and other high-performance steels.

This particular series really caught our attention. The VG10 Gold Damascus is produced with a combination of soft stainless steel, copper and nickel. The wave like layers and the golden spheres are a striking pattern and the red, yellow and brown hues of the American desert ironwood make for a beautiful pairing.

At the age of 74 Saji Takeshi is a true gem in an industry full of very talented craftsman. To own a Saji Takeshi knife is to own a piece of Japanese knife making history.

Product Specification

Blade Type: Gyuto

Edge Length: 240mm

Spine Heel: 1.99mm

Spine Mid: 1.9mm

Spine Tip (20mm before): 1.65mm

Blade Height: 51mm

Weight: 245g

Cutting Edge Steel: VG10

Stainless: Yes

HRC: 62

Blade Construction: 3 Layer (San Mai)

Blade Finish: Acid Etched (Forced Patina)

Grind: Convex

Handle Construction: Full Tang

Handle Materials: American Desert Ironwood & Stainless Bolster

Handedness: Ambidextrous

Saya Included: No

Product Care:

Cleaning: Clean by hand with warm water. Avoid wetting the handle when possible. 

Sharpening: We advise using whetstones to sharpen your knives and a honing rod or steel to maintain the burr between sharpening sessions. 

Reactive Steels: Reactive steels like Aogami Super, Apex Ultra or one of the many premium reactive German and Swedish steels are susceptible to rust if not properly cared for. In this case we advise that you keep the knife dry between uses and when storing the knife for longer periods wiping the knife blade with Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil is a wise choice. This will not stop a patina forming on the blade, but it will stop rust. A patina can be a beautiful personal feature on your knife and helps to stop rust forming. So, dry your knife regularly between uses, store in a dry place and apply some Tsubaki oil from time to time when storing for long periods. 

A reference guide to steel types

Handle Care: If you have a knife with a non-stabilised wooden handle, you can apply Tsubaki oil or another food safe oil to your handle from time to time. Food safe wax can be applied to both stabilised and no-stabilised wooden handles. Never apply hot wax or oil as you risk warping or damaging the handle.