Miyabi kaizen chef’s knife

Miyabi Kaizen Chef’s Knife?

If you don’t mind me saying, the real question is “compared to what?”
More generally: A san-mai (three layer laminate) knife. In this case, soft stainless, flower design pattern-welded (aka Damascus or “faux Damascus” if you prefer) stainless, surrounding a VG-10 core. Very well constructed, ambidextrous, micarta, “wa” handle.
The chef’s knife is an okay French profile with normal, western style, edge symmetry, and bevel sharp.
Thin enough, light enough, but not a standout in any way.
Miyabis come very sharp out of the box, with excellent fit and finish.
Most san-mai VG-10 comes from the factory as very chippy, but loses some of that tendency once the owner’s sharpened it a few times and revealed fresh steel. However, most VG-10, whether san-mai or “mono steel,” and even after repeated sharpenings, is more likely to chip than a great many other knife alloys popular with Japanese makers. VG-10 is easy to sharpen and will take a great edge — as long as you actually know how to sharpen. Edge holding is good, and the edges can be profitably maintained (but not sharpened) on an appropriate steel.
Because of the propensity to chip, you’ll need another knife for heavy duty work such as splitting chickens, opening gourds, peeling pineapple, etc.
It’s unlikely you’ll find adapting to the “wa” handle any sort of challenge.
Miyabi is a subsidiary of Zwillings (aka Henckels), and like every other Henckels has the best factory support in the knife universe. Unlike many more exciting Japanese knives, Miyabi is plugged into an extensive US retail network.
Basically a better version of the Shun Classic, with a hugely better profile, and lefty friendly handle. But a lot like a bunch of other Japanese made knives.
Some Other Choices: Normally not on my short list of recommends, certainly nothing about it to make you wet your pants; but a good knife, well supported, a real alternative to regular “Germans,” and very competitively priced.
In my opinion, the Fujiwara FKM is more bang for the buck and so is the Tojiro DP (also VG-10 san mai). For about the same money, the MAC Pro is much better. None of those three are pattern welded, but pattern welding doesn’t do anything for performance — so Damascus or no Damascus is a question of whether you like the look and how much you’re willing to pay for it.
Miyabi v Shun: If the choice is between Shun Classic and Miyabi Kaizen, go for the Kaizen for its superior geometry and more adaptable handle.
Context: All knives dull eventually, no matter how good, how pretty, or how sharp they wereout of the box. Any dull knife is a dull knife. If you can’t sharpen, either learn or don’t waste your money on a quality blade. I know the subject of knives is sexier than the subject of sharpening; but trust me, it’s all about the sharpening.
What else do you want to know?

Miyabi Kaizen II Chef’s Knife

  • Crafted to be the go-to knife in any chef’s collection, this versatile chef’s knife is perfect for almost any cutting task—from dicing onions and tomatoes to carving roasted meats, breaking down poultry and more
  • Expert artistry and groundbreaking technology meet in each handcrafted knife
  • Core of advanced FC61 super steel features fine carbide distribution, for a Rockwell hardness of 61 and excellent edge strength and retention
  • Fine carbide distribution results in a blade that holds an incredibly sharp angle, yet remains remarkably durable—with no risk of chipping during normal use
  • Each blade is hand-honed to a blisteringly sharp 9.5 to 12 degrees (because each blade is sharpened by hand, exact angle may vary slightly)
  • 49 layers of stainless steel Damascus provide added strength and protection as well as beauty
  • Double Friodur hardening improves the microstructure of the steel for improved cutting performance, corrosion resistance and astonishing durability
  • Larger, redesigned bolster perfectly balances the blade for additional comfort while cutting
  • D-shaped pakkawood handles rest easily in the hand for a secure, comfortable grip
  • Decorative red spacer and a mosaic pin add an elegant touch
  • The Miyabi factory operates on a small scale with a high level of hand craftsmanship and industry-leading technical innovation
  • 150 skilled artisans work to produce each heirloom-quality knife using the best materials available and requiring up to 151 rigorous production steps
  • Crafted in Seki City, Japan, a city with a legendary tradition of bladesmithing dating back to the 13th century

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In many cases, an exchange may be made to ensure you get the exact item(s) you need. If you’d like to make an exchange contact us, and:

  • We will process an RMA/Exchange for the correct item(s)
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  • Return shipping will still be your responsibility, though if an exchange is completed you will not be charged original outbound shipping.

Knifewear’s 5 Favourite Miyabi Knives

Owen at the Edmonton shop is really into Miyabi knives, so we asked him what is top 5 are. Not only did he give us this in-depth report on what makes Miyabi so special, but he also put on his creative hat and illustrated his love of them through the art of haiku. We hope you find both informative and entertaining.

Miyabi Black 240mm Gyuto

These guys are the whole package – The core steel, ZDP189 is one of the hardest steels in knife production. It can hold it’s edge for an unreasonably long time and is fully stainless. The wood grain of the handle, which is made of black ash, is unique to each knife . The Damascus cladding is drool-worthy. Incredible performance, excellent edge retention, and drop-dead gorgeous. All that — and Miyabi even makes it in my favourite size: 240mm! A slightly longer knife is great for larger jobs, such as cutting your steaks, but it’s still easy to use for chopping your little veggies and herbs!

Miyabi Koh 140mm Prep Knife

To me, this knife screams “Line Cook”. Little enough not to get in the way during a busy service, but long and tall enough to be used easily against the cutting board. It’s super easy to look after – it’s fully stainless, the handle is durable, and the steel is quite rugged. This is the ideal blade for doing a bit of quick detail work on the fly, such as trimming meat and peeling or carving vegetables.

Miyabi Birchwood Bread Knife

The Miyabi 5000 MCD-B line is definitely a shop favourite. Our customers LOVE to choose which of the handles has the wood grain they love the best before they decide which to take home. This is a “one and done” bread knife. If well looked after, this will be the last bread knife you will ever need. The aggressive little teeth on this guy are perfect for both the crustiest of sourdoughs, and the most delicate of pastries alike!

Miyabi Black 240mm Sujihiki

The needle-esque shape of this knife makes it ideal for delicate meat and fish butchery tasks. Even by most carving knife standards, I consider this knife to be extra agile . The narrow tip and slender profile ensure that your meat doesn’t get shredded or torn by excessive friction. Meat and fish are also the foods which will dull out your knife the fastest, so it’s important to use a knife made out of exceptionally hard steel to stand up to the extra abuse.

Miyabi Birchwood 160mm Gyuto

A long chef knife or slicer isn’t always the answer. The 160mm Gyuto is an excellent small multi-purpose knife. It has just enough length to tackle most of your everyday cutting needs, and the blade height to ensure you aren’t punching your cutting board as you chop. It has just enough weight to let you know it’s there, but still feels nice and nimble in hand.


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