Takeshi Saji AS Kurouchi Santoku

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An absolutely iconic knife from a master blacksmith paired with a classic ironwood handle.

Performance

An excellent grind and consistent finish are exactly what you'd expect from this level and from a blacksmith of this experience and skill and it doesn't disappoint. 

Beauty

We do think that there's an easy to spot style for Saji-san's knives and while the AS collection doesn't have the visual wow of the famous rainbow damascus, it's fair to say that by any sensible measure this is a darn good looking knife. 

The rustic kurouchi finish is subtle and the grind down to the core is smooth while retaining a true feel of being handmade and the marks on each individual blade just connect you to the blacksmith. 

Then there's the absolutely fabulous full tang desert ironwood handle with its polished collar and pins that just adds the right amount of visual pop while remaining classy and understated. 

This is perhaps not a flashy knife but it's an absoute beauty.

Comfort

The full tang handle and thick blade is perhaps not for everyone - it's a very comfortable and nicely tapered handle and while it's a wonderfully balanced and nimble knife, it does feel like you're working with something quite hefty so if you're more keen on a lighter weight it might be something to bear in mind.

Durability

The AS core is hardened to around 63-64 so edge retention is good and it's a popular steel choice and hardness with many blacksmiths for a good reason so durability won't be a problem.

Ease of Care

There's not a great deal to worry about with this one, it's a reactive steel but beyond our normal care tips and looking after carbon steel with a few drops of camellia oil every now again, you'll find it pretty easy to sharpen and care for.

Our Verdict

The AS Kurouchi is a classic knife from one of the best blacksmiths in Japan and when you pair the high quality finish and grind quality of the blade with the full tang ironwood handle it's an extremely impressive knife in every respect.

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Product details

Product SKU: 10651

Our aim is to measure and photograph all our products as accurately as possible but due to the handmade nature of many items, please be aware that there may be some variance in the measurements and that things such as blade and knife handle patterns can vary and presentation boxes may differ from those shown but we will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

Some measurements such as HRC are provided by the manufacturer and should therefore be used as a guide.

Blacksmith Profile

Takeshi Saji

A 3rd generation master blacksmith with more than 50 years experience and one of the founders of Takefu Knife Village, Takeshi Saji continues to craft some of the finest Japanese knives in the world and continues to work on improving his skills and technique to remain at the absolute top of his game.

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