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Miyabi Birchwood Chef’s Knives

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Authentically Japanese in design, each knife features 101 layers of steel—50 layers clad on each side of the Cryodur-hardened SG2 microcarbide steel core—forming a delicate Damascus pattern with a Rockwell hardness of 63. Each blade in the...Read More

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SPECIAL VALUE Authentically Japanese in design, each knife features 101 layers of steel—50 layers clad on each side of the Cryodur-hardened SG2 microcarbide steel core—forming a delicate Damascus pattern with a Rockwell hardness of 63.

Each blade in the Birchwood collection is hand-honed using a traditional three-step honbazuke process. It’s sharpened twice on whetstones with custom grits, followed by mirror polishing on a leather wheel.

The genuine hamon edge—a visible line where flexible outer layers and incredibly hard core layer meet—is reminiscent of legendary Japanese swords. A hamon edge is a sign of superior craftsmanship.

The D-shape of the natural Masur birch handle creates a comfortable grip and ensures tireless cutting, even with frequent use. Handle features an intricate mosaic center pin, red detailing, and engraved endcap.

The chef’s knife is the kitchen workhorse, letting you chop, dice, mince, and slice meat and vegetables in large quantities. Available in a variety of blade sizes to meet your needs. Hand wash. Sharpen with Miyabi sharpening stones. Limited lifetime warranty. Made in Japan. Catalog, website and select stores.

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METICULOUSLY CRAFTED
A core of SG2 microcarbide steel is clad on each side with 50 layers of stainless steel. This forged 101-layer construction results in an elegant, unique Damascus pattern with a Rockwell hardness of 63.

HARD, RAZOR-SHARP BLADES
Blades go through a special Cryodur process to ensure ultimate hardness, initial sharpness, cutting edge retention, and the best possible corrosion resistance and flexibility of blade. Sharpened to an optimal 9½° to 12° angle on both sides, these blades deliver scalpel-like precision.

HAND FINISHED
Master craftsmen hand finish knives using a classic honbazuke honing technique. Blades are sharpened twice on whetstones with custom grits, followed by mirror polishing on a leather wheel.

BEAUTIFUL, USER-FRIENDLY HANDLES
The D-shape of the natural Masur birch handle creates a comfortable grip and ensures tireless cutting, even with frequent use. Handle features an intricate mosaic center pin, red detailing, and engraved endcap.

GENUINE HAMON EDGE
The visible line where flexible outer layers and incredibly hard core layer meet is reminiscent of legendary Japanese swords. A hamon edge is a sign of superior craftsmanship.

IDEAL FOR EVERYDAY FOOD PREP
The chef’s knife is the kitchen workhorse, letting you chop, dice, mince, and slice meat and vegetables in large quantities. Available in a variety of blade sizes to meet your needs.

  • Care: Hand wash and dry immediately
  • Dimensions: 6", 8" or 9" blade
  • Material: Stainless steel and birchwood
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty
  • Made in Japan
BENEFITS:
  • Authentically Japanese in design with 101 layers of steel2 layers clad on each side of the Cryodur SG2 microcarbide steel core
  • Blade features a delicate, unique Damascus pattern with a Rockwell hardness of 63
  • Hand finished by craftsmen using a classic honbazuke blade-honing technique
  • Sharpened twice on whetstones with custom grits, followed by mirror polishing on a leather wheel
  • Genuine hamon edge is reminiscent of legendary Japanese swords in its scalpel-like precision and remarkable edge retention
  • The D shape of the natural Masur birch handle creates a comfortable grip and ensures tireless cutting
  • Handsome handle features an intricate mosaic center pin, red detailing, and engraved endcap
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Wonderful knife
I love the powdered steel in the Birchwood...it keeps its edge for such a long time. Haven't had to sharpen it yet. It's a go-to knife when I don't want to pull out the 8"" chef or the santoku. It feels great in the hand and cuts so easily
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February 11, 2011
My new favorite Knife
I have over 50 knives in my collection and this one became an instant favorite the moment I picked it up. Great feel in your hand, excellent balance between handle and blade, the best cutting edge I have ever used. I use it for everything and with minimal maintenance the edge is as sharp today as it was the day I brought it home
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February 2, 2011
A Chef's Dream
Strong, Sharp and Light
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May 5, 2011
A very functional thing of beauty
I just received this knife and was very impressed with the workmanship, and sharpness. Would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to own a quality knife. I would add that you should have the proper sharpening tools, stones, etc. I actually purchased a leather strop to finish off the edge to a mirror finish, but I haven't had a chance to do so yet.
I search the internet high and low for the matching red lacquer SAYA wood cover to no avail. However, I called the Sur La Table store in SoHo NY, and they said the had it in stock. I ordered one over the phone, and it arrived the next day. Another piece of beauty. I would thoroughly dry it first, before placing it in the SAYA
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February 13, 2013
Sharp and Beautiful
I chosed this knife, because of the feel of the handle. Of the many knifes I looked at, this one was more comfortable in the hand. But as for quality this one is incredible. A work of art. It is almost a shame to use it. (But of course I use it, and use it a lot) I have not had trouble cutting anything with this knife. A matter of fact I had changed my cutting technique to match the knife. Now I use less pressure to push the knife, and I cut thinner slices than I could before. Its amazing what a sharp knife can do, I have notice with fruit, the juices stay in the fruit better, instead of the juices pouring on the cutting board. I relate it to a surgeon using a laser to cut, than a saw.

When it arrived, it came in a nice box. I immediately put mineral oil on it. Which made the handle darker but more beautiful as the pattern of the wood stood out more.

I am sure I will have this knife for decades. Only bad thing is that it puts my other knifes to shame, so I had to buy more Miyabi birchwood knifes. Life is difficult
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May 16, 2014
Kitchen Art
Miyabi Birchwood is a thing of beauty. Super sharp out of the box. The sg2 is a great steel. The handle is so comfortable. and overall its just a thing of beauty. I have a few really nice Japanese carbon steel knives that are hand made I bought after I got these(6"" and 9"" chefs) and they really aren't any better. They may sharpen easier and get a little sharper but the Birchwood gets plenty sharp enough and is better looking in my opinion. I really only would recommend anything this nice if you sharpen by hand with whetstones
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March 13, 2014
Quality Art that Slices with Ease
This knife sliced my veggies like they weren't even there. Amazingly sharp. I didn't even provide any pressure and it seemed like just drawing the knife cut right through whatever I had.

The blade has a mirror like finish with water rippling designs from the demascus steel. Gorgeous. The handle is just the right size. Not too thin and not too thick. The birchwood handle is art. Every one is unique due to the dark grains. It almost looks like walnut.
I asked to see several knives that they had in stock and one handle looked like it had flames running along it due to the beautiful grain. A knife I will pass down to my daughter.

Cuts like a dream. Looks like art
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December 31, 2012
Perfect!
This is my first Japanese knife and I absolutely love it. It was a toss up between this and Shuns equivalent. I decided to buy the Miyabi because well... everyone owns a Shun. I feel as though the birchwood handle puts it in a class of its own. Anyone hungry for french onion soup? I have plenty. Buy this knife!
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April 5, 2015
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Awesome!
I bought this knife for my husband's birthday. He loves it! He demands only the best and after much research we went with this Miyabi Birchwood Chef�s Knife, 8.
It's great. It's pricey but it's worth it. It's hard to imagine admiring a knife's beauty but the Birchwood's are gorgeous!
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October 25, 2012
Scalpel sharp
This knife really is the best one zwilling henkel has to offer. The blade is among one of the sharpest i've ever used and the birchwood handle it truly lovely.
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April 25, 2011
A Stunning Knife
Gorgeous to look at, exquisite to hold. If a knife can be elevated to art, this is it. Bravo
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October 1, 2012
 

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
was able to test this out at a sur la table store. the look and feel is amazing. went through carrots like butter.
Brent R on Jun 29, 2015
Will have to try , looking for a good knife that stays sharp
Bruce R on Mar 29, 2015
Great knife and price
Michael M on Jun 14, 2015
price and quality.
Andrew W on Mar 28, 2015
Are these right-hand only knives?

I notice that the description mentions that these have a ""D"" shaped handle. However, I don't see any end views of the handle of the knife to see if the D-shaped handle is similar to Shun knives where the D is shaped for right handed people. I'm left handed, so I don't want to buy a knife made for a right handed person. And I've seen nowhere that a left-handed option is available. I'm wondering if the D shape means from top to bottom with symmetry left and right. Can someone please explain what D-shaped handle on these knives mean
Keith on May 18, 2014
Best Answer: I've attached a picture of the knife block set where the handles are easier to see. Like Shun knives, D shaped handles are made for right handed people because the rounded part of the handle is on the right side, making it easier to hold. This is typically the case for all D shaped handles unless you special order a left handed one
Reply · Report · AmandaSltCsStaff on May 19, 2014
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care of wood, birch handle. What do you have to do for the wooden handle ?
bella b on Feb 1, 2015
Best Answer: There is very little maintenance required for the handle, the usual hand washing and drying immediately is normally enough, if the handle gets stained, wash immediately with a normal light detergent. It is a very durable knife. No other regular maintenance is required, but I do keep mine in the box, to keep moisture away.
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What is the weight of this knife?

I'm trying to compare it to some other light designs and wondered how it compares.Many thanks
A shopper on Feb 3, 2014
Best Answer: There is a review online if you do a search that says 217 grams for the 9"". My scales are analog not digital but on my scales I show just a little less than that, more like 210 grams. I have a super light 9"" knife by someone that stl doesn't carry, so I wont name names, that is 165 grams I think. The lightness and thinness is the reason I got it. But in the end I like something with a tad more weight to it. There is roughly 454 grams in a pound
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