The famous Echizen Forge Smith Takeshi Saji is now 74 years old. During his long career, he has made a great and lasting impact upon the next generation of young Echizen forge smiths and craftsmen.
Master Kazuo Nomura is son of Takeshi Saji who has been devoting his time and life for the traditional knife making and working with Takeshi Saji for over decades. Master Saji's best business partner for over decades. 伝統工芸士 Dentoukougeishi are “Traditional Master Craftsmen” that have been recognized and certified by the Japanese “Ministry of International Trade & Industry”. This prestigious title was awarded to Forge-Master Kazuo Nomura of Takefu City, in the year 2020. Master Nomura is leader and President of reputable and famous traditional knife maker "Saji-Uchihamono (Brand Takehi Saji)"
NK-04 Aogami Super Santoku
Master Nomura has selected the Japan's premium carbon steel Hitachi Aogami Super to makehis custom kitchen knife.
The unique round shaped Tsuchime Hammered Texture blades feature a core of Aogami Super high-carbon steel that is clad with soft stainless steel. Master Nomura decided to partner the blade with a textured Urushi lacquered handle (Oval-shaped), which has a vermillion red lacquered ferrule (String wrapped) and a Black Lacquered handle. For safekeeping, this knife comes with a matching Black (Lacquered) wooden Saya ("Sheath") and a black pakkawood Saya pin.
The tall blade and rounded nose / tip of the Santoku make it a versatile knife that is well suited to cutting meat, fish, or vegetables; Hence it’s name, which literally means “Three-purpose”. The Santoku is often recommended as a multi-purpose kitchen knife.
Knife Model: Nomura Kazuo NK-04 Aogami Super Wa Santoku
Blade Material: Aogami Super San-Mai
Rockwell Hardness (HRc): 63 to 64
Blade Grind and Edge Shape: Double Bevel Edge 50/50
Handle Material: Oval-shaped Urushi lacquered handle which has a vermillion red lacquered ferrule (String wrapped) and a Black Lacquered handle
Saya Included: Yes.
Wa Santoku 165mm (6.4")
Cutting edge length: 162mm (6.3")
Total Length: 300mm (11.8")
Blade Thickness: 2mm (0.07")
Blade Width: 46mm (1.8")
Handle Length: 128mm (5.0")
Total Weight: 105g (3.7oz)
This is the Carbon steel blade kitchen knife that can get rust and discolor easily, and requires extra care and attention to prevent rust.