Traditional Craftsman, Takeshi Saji was born in Takefu of Fukui Prefecture; an area famous for over 700 years for excellence in the crafting of hammer forged knives. Learning basic forging process and technique at the local Blacksmith Training School, Saji has been in in the knife making trade since the age of 18 under the strict supervision of his master and father, Harukichi Saji II. At the age of 30, he was told by his master that there was nothing more to teach him, allowing him to make his own knives as a succession of the third generation. In 1992 he was appointed the honor of “Traditional Craftsmen” by M.I.T.I.
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