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Takeshi Saji

Takeshi Saji is the leading blacksmith in Echizen. Saji was born in Takefu in 1948 in a family of second-generation smith. In 1992, he was officially certified as a “Traditional Master Craftsman" by the Japanese “Ministry of International Trade & Industry”.
His knife blades are shaped by traditional hammer-forging technique with his unique ideas and designs, to achieve a beautiful, powerful appearance and a quite sharp cutting edge with better hardness.

"Echizen" is the historical area in Fukui prefecture, including Takefu city, as one of Japanese important knife capitals.
The kitchen knives made in the Echizen is called Echizen Uchi Hamono. The art of making Japanese kitchen knives has a history of about 700 years. 
Echizen Uchi Hamono is designated as "Traditional Crafts" by the Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry.

Takeshi Saji Selections

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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus IR Japanese Chef's Bunka Knife 180mm with Desert Ironwood Handle

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    Takeshi Saji R2(SG2) Black Damascus IR Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 210mm with Desert Ironwood Handle

    $726.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2(SG2) Black Damascus DHW Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 210mm with White Antler Handle

    $726.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus IR Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 130mm with Desert Ironwood Handle

    $282.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus DHW Japanese Chef's Bunka Knife 180mm with White Antler Handle

    $428.99
    $364.99
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    Takeshi Saji Folding R2(SG2) Black Damascus Steak Knife 100mm with Black Micarta Handle

    $367.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus IR Japanese Chef's Santoku Knife 180mm with Desert Ironwood Handle

    $428.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus IR Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 150mm with Desert Ironwood Handle

    $311.99
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    Takeshi Saji Folding R2(SG2) Black Damascus Steak Knife 100mm with White Micarta Handle

    $367.99
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    Takeshi Saji Folding R2(SG2) Mirrored Damascus Petty Knife(Utility) 130mm with Black G10 Handle

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    Takeshi Saji R2(SG2) Black Damascus IR Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 240mm with Desert Ironwood Handle

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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus IR Japanese Chef's Nakiri(Vegetable) 170mm with Desert Ironwood Handle

    $428.99
    $364.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus DHW Japanese Chef's Nakiri(Vegetable) 170mm with White Antler Handle

    $428.99
    $364.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2(SG2) Black Damascus IR Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 90mm with Desert Ironwood Handle

    $472.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2(SG2) Black Damascus IR Japanese Chef's Bunka Knife 180mm with Desert Ironwood Handle

    $607.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2(SG2) Black Damascus DHW Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 90mm with White Antler Handle

    $472.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2(SG2) Black Damascus DHW Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 130mm with White Antler Handle

    $472.99
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    Takeshi Saji Makie-Art R2(SG2) Mirrored Damascus Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 240mm with Urushi Lacquered Saya and Handle FUJIN RAIJIN

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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCR Japanese Chef's Nakiri(Vegetable) 170mm with Red Turquoise Handle

    $984.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCR Japanese Chef's Santoku Knife 180mm with Red Turquoise Handle

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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Mirror Hammered Damascus CRW Japanese Chef's Nakiri(Vegetable) 170mm with White Stone Handle

    $428.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Mirror Hammered Damascus MCB Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 130mm with Black Micarta Handle

    $293.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Mirror Hammered Damascus MCB Japanese Chef's Nakiri(Vegetable) 170mm with Black Micarta Handle

    $428.99
    $364.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Mirror Hammered Damascus MCB Japanese Chef's Santoku Knife 180mm with Black Micarta Handle

    $428.99
    $364.99
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    Takeshi Saji Makie-Art Aogami No.2 Colored Damascus Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 240mm with Urushi Lacquered Saya and Handle TORII FUJI

    $2,612.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2(SG2) Black Damascus IR Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 180mm with Desert Ironwood Handle

    $607.99
    $517.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2(SG2) Black Damascus DHW Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 180mm with White Antler Handle

    $607.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus MCB Japanese Chef's Nakiri(Vegetable) 170mm with Black Micarta Handle

    $428.99
    $364.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus DHW Japanese Chef's Santoku Knife 180mm with White Antler Handle

    $428.99
    $364.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus MCB Japanese Chef's Bunka Knife 180mm with Black Micarta Handle

    $428.99
    $364.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus DHW Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 240mm with White Antler Handle

    $539.99
    $459.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2(SG2) Black Damascus MCB Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 130mm with Black Micarta Handle

    $455.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2(SG2) Black Damascus IR Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 130mm with Desert Ironwood Handle

    $472.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2(SG2) Black Damascus IR Japanese Chef's Nakiri(Vegetable) 170mm with Desert Ironwood Handle

    $607.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2(SG2) Black Damascus DHW Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 270mm with White Antler Handle

    $972.99
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    Takeshi Saji Makie-Art Aogami No.2 Colored Damascus Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 240mm with Urushi Lacquered Saya and Handle FUJI on LAKE(BT)

    $2,612.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCR Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 130mm with Red Turquoise Handle

    $789.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCR Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 210mm with Red Turquoise Handle

    $1,229.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Mirror Hammered Damascus CRW Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 130mm with White Stone Handle

    $293.99
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    Takeshi Saji Makie-Art R2(SG2) Mirrored Damascus Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 270mm with Urushi Lacquered Saya and Handle FUJIN RAIJIN

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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCW Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 90mm with White Turquoise Handle

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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCW Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 130mm with White Turquoise Handle

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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCW Japanese Chef's Nakiri(Vegetable) 170mm with White Turquoise Handle

    $984.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCW Japanese Chef's Bunka Knife 180mm with White Turquoise Handle

    $984.99
    $883.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCW Japanese Chef's Santoku Knife 180mm with White Turquoise Handle

    $984.99
    $883.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCW Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 180mm with White Turquoise Handle

    $984.99
    $883.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCW Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 210mm with White Turquoise Handle

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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCW Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 240mm with White Turquoise Handle

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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCW Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 270mm with White Turquoise Handle

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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCW Japanese Chef's Slicer(Sujihiki) 240mm with White Turquoise Handle

    $1,328.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCW Japanese Chef's Slicer(Sujihiki) 270mm with White Turquoise Handle

    $1,505.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCA Japanese Chef's Nakiri(Vegetable) 170mm with Blue Turquoise Handle

    $984.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCA Japanese Chef's Bunka Knife 180mm with Blue Turquoise Handle

    $984.99
    $883.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCA Japanese Chef's Santoku Knife 180mm with Blue Turquoise Handle

    $984.99
    $883.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCA Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 270mm with Blue Turquoise Handle

    $1,505.99
    $1,351.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCA Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 90mm with Blue Turquoise Handle

    $789.99
    $708.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCA Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 180mm with Blue Turquoise Handle

    $984.99
    $883.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCA Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 240mm with Blue Turquoise Handle

    $1,328.99
    $1,192.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCA Japanese Chef's Slicer(Sujihiki) 270mm with Blue Turquoise Handle

    $1,505.99
    $1,351.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2 Diamond Finish Damascus TCA Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 210mm with Blue Turquoise Handle

    $1,229.99
    $1,109.99
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    Takeshi Saji Makie-Art Aogami No.2 Colored Damascus Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 240mm with Urushi Lacquered Saya and Custom Handle TORII FUJI

    $2,612.99
    $2,385.99
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    Takeshi Saji SRS13 Mirror Hammered PWR Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 130mm with Red Pakka Wood Handle

    $289.99
    $249.99
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    Takeshi Saji SRS13 Mirror Hammered PWR Japanese Chef's Santoku Knife 180mm with Red Pakka Wood Handle

    $381.99
    $328.99
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    Takeshi Saji SRS13 Mirror Hammered PWR Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 210mm with Red Pakka Wood Handle

    $447.99
    $385.99
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    Takeshi Saji Makie-Art R2(SG2) Mirrored Damascus Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 210mm with Urushi Lacquered Saya and Handle FUJIN RAIJIN

    $2,508.99
    $2,289.99
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    Takeshi Saji R2(SG2) Black Damascus MCB Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 210mm with Black Micarta Handle

    $715.99
    $609.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus MCB Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 130mm with Black Micarta Handle

    $293.99
    $249.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus MCB Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 150mm with Black Micarta Handle

    $323.99
    $275.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus MCB Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 180mm with Black Micarta Handle

    $428.99
    $364.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus MCB Japanese Chef's Slicer(Sujihiki) 240mm with Black Micarta Handle

    $539.99
    $459.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus IR Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 180mm with Desert Ironwood Handle

    $428.99
    $364.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus DHW Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 90mm with White Antler Handle

    $293.99
    $249.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus DHW Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 130mm with White Antler Handle

    $293.99
    $249.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus DHW Japanese Chef's Petty Knife(Utility) 150mm with White Antler Handle

    $323.99
    $275.99
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    Takeshi Saji VG10 Black Damascus DHW Japanese Chef's Gyuto Knife 180mm with White Antler Handle

    $428.99
    $364.99