Takeshi Saji R2 Mirror Damascus Santoku

Regular price £430.00

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A santoku like few others, the combination of finish quality and looks from Takeshi Saji is out of this world.

First Impressions

When you first open the wooden presentation box and unpack the knife from its sleeve, it'll take your breath away! The mirror and diamond polished finishes are stunning and the full tang handles in either white stag horn or turquoise compliment the blades beautifully.

Right out of the box, the edges on these knives are superb, the attention to detail and quality of the finish are absolutely top class.


We're lucky to be able to sell a lot of amazing knives and the variety of design and finish across all our knives is great but my word, these stand out in a crowd! 

The damascus finish is spectacular and you can see and feel the layering of the steel across the highly polished blades. 

Truly these are works of art.

In Hand

The full tang white stag horn and turquoise handles are sturdy, offer a good feeling of weight and comfortable in hand without feeling like they overpower the blade or unbalance the knife itself. 


The R2/SG2 steel core is a widely used and popular choice thanks to its excellent edge retention and corrosion resistance.

Ease of Care

R2/SG2 is easy to look after and with a stainless cladding these beautiful knives are durable and easy to care for if you follow our normal care instructions.

Our Verdict

It's reasonable to classify the knives in this range as a "considered purchase" because of the price tag but if you're looking at just the price then you might be better looking at one of our many other excellent knives in the same shapes. 

These Saji damascus knives straddle the line of exceptional performance (and they are exceptional!) and collectors pieces for those who want to appreciate the outstanding craft and skill that goes into making such a knife in small batches. 

If you're looking for a polished finish and a visually stunning piece for you kitchen collection and one that's finished and sharpened to an excellent standard all round then look no further.

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Product details

  • Blade Length: 180mm (Measurement of the cutting edge)
  • Total Length: 303mm (Blade tip to handle end)
  • Blade Height: 51mm (Heel to spine)
  • Blade Thickness: 2.7mm (Spine width above the heel)
  • Total Weight: 250 grams
  • Core Steel: R2
  • Cladding Steel: Stainless
  • Hardness: 62-63 (HRC)
  • Handle Style: Various
  • Handle Material: Full tang white stag horn or turquoise
  • Left or Right handed: Either (Double Bevel)

Product SKU: 11955

Our aim is to measure and photograph our products as accurately as possible but due to many items being handmade, finished or using natural materials, there can be minor variance in measurements and things such as blade or wood finishes can vary. We will always endeavour to provide the most accurate measurements, photos and descriptions of our products.

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

Protection & care for this knife

This is a tall santoku and so we recommend a santoku sized blade guard for this knife.

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Meet the maker

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.

Helping you find the perfect knives & accessories

Cutting Edge Knives is a family run business established in 2011 and based in the picturesque town of Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. We love the history and craftsmanship that goes into making Japanese chef knives and accessories and the excitement and enjoyment you experience when using a truly sharp knife in the kitchen.

Over many years we've helped thousands of happy customers find their dream knife and look forward to helping you too.

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