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Miyabi Koh Chef’s Knife

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An essential addition to any chef’s collection, the versatile chef’s knife is perfect for almost any cutting task—from dicing fruits and vegetables to carving roasted meats and breaking down poultry. Miyabi pays tribute to the beauty of...Read More

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A tribute to traditional Japanese craftsmanship and design.

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EXCLUSIVE An essential addition to any chef’s collection, the versatile chef’s knife is perfect for almost any cutting task—from dicing fruits and vegetables to carving roasted meats and breaking down poultry.

Miyabi pays tribute to the beauty of traditional craftsmanship with the introduction of Miyabi Koh—meaning “light” in Japanese. Classic, simple and comfortable to use in either a Western or Eastern hold, this cutlery collection is as functional as it is beautiful. The faceted pakkawood handle echoes those favored in Japan, and each one is individually weight-tested in a nine-step process to ensure perfect ergonomic design.

Forged from FC61 stainless steel, each full-tang blade is touched by 46 artisans and is hand-honed to an exceptionally sharp 9.5–12 degrees. The Friodur2 hardening process improves the microstructure of the steel for improved cutting performance, corrosion resistance and durability—and the blades are polished to a stunning mirror finish. Sandblasted katana edges, a signature decorative pin and a hand-engraved logo add distinctive Japanese style to the minimalist design.

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  • Designed to exacting standards exclusively for Sur La Table, Koh melds expert artisanship with groundbreaking technology
  • Revolutionary FC61 steel pairs fine carbide distribution with an astonishing 61 Rockwell hardness
  • Fine carbide distribution results in a blade that holds an incredibly sharp angle and is extremely durable, with no risk of chipping under normal use
  • Friodur2 hardening improves the microstructure of the steel for improved cutting performance, corrosion resistance and durability
  • Each blade is hand-honed to a blisteringly sharp angle of 9.5° to 12°. Because blades are sharpened by hand, exact angle may vary slightly
  • Blades are polished to a mirror finish and have sandblasted katana edges
  • Each handle is individually weight adjusted, and undergoes a rigorous nine-step finishing process to ensure perfect ergonomic design
  • Comfort-oriented features such as a rounded spine, bolster and heel reduce cutting and slicing fatigue; knife is easy to hold in either an Eastern or a Western grip
  • Hand-engraved logo on blade
  • Signature Miyabi decorative pin

Specifications Show

  • Manufacturer: Miyabi
  • Material: Pakkawood, FC61 stainless steel
  • Dimensions:
    • 6" blade; 10.5" overall length
    • 8" blade; 13.5" overall length
    • 9.5" blade; 14.5" overall length
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty
  • Made in Seki City, Japan

Care & Usage Show

  • Hand wash only

What's In the box? Show

  • Chef’s knife
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Customer Reviews

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so far so good
I've been faithfully using my Henckels Four Star 8" chef's knife for 25 years, but I've been wanting something that's more precise. I started researching various chef's knife options. Carbon steel, stainless, gyuto, rockwell hardness..... it's quite the rabbit hole. Basically, I was leaning towards a Japanese style knife, 8"-9", with a hardness of at least 60. There are so many options, and prices can get into the hundreds and hundreds of dollars and more.

I stopped by the local Sur La Table and wanted to hold several and compare blade spine thickness and feel. What caught my eye about this particular knife was the looks, style, specs and price. I was concerned about the lack of full bolster, as I typically hold my chef's knife fairly high up. The lack of a full bolster means my middle finger would be riding the back edge of the blade...no good.

I was stuck by how lightweight and well balanced this knife is. It's still tall enough so I can chop without fear of taking my fingers off, and the blade is narrow enough and sharp enough to glide through the food without much effort. It's obviously a little more flexible than my heavy duty Four Star, but the handle shape fits me nicely and the bolster, while not protecting against the heel of the blade, offers my fingers a natural place to hold, so I don't hold it so far up the handle. It's lightweight enough and balanced so I don't have to hold it so far up either.

I've been using it for about a week, and really enjoy the precision and that it takes much less effort (but more concentration) to use. It's not appropriate for certain heavy duty prep chores, but its fantastic for most food prep. I'm glad I bought it.
October 11, 2017
This 8" Myabi Koh is a terrific knife
This 8" Myabi Koh is a terrific knife. I have collected a couple of dozen fine Japanese knives over the years, and this on, with is simple, traditional octagonal hard wood handle is a joy to hold. The wight and balance are about perfect for my technique.
I'm very happy I bought the newly released blade and can suggest it without reservation.
February 25, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Great knife.
Seems durable thus far. Easy to clean. Not too heavy. Price is right. Enjoying it as a new addition to my kitchen.
February 14, 2017
My knife felt good in my hand tho the handle was a little longer than I anticipated. Great cutting edge, food really does come out very thinly sliced and look forward to using this for my other cooking projects.
March 26, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Love this knife
I purchased this as a birthday gift for my boyfriend. He has very large hands and wanted a knife with a handle that would fit his hand and not hit his knuckles on the cutting board. He loves this knife. He hides it so no one else will use it.
April 22, 2018
Purchased
4 months ago
Excellent addition
This is a very well balanced and extremely fun knife to use. Very sharp and comfortable to use
February 19, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Great Knife
I've had this knife for about a month now and I love it. This knife is not only razor sharp but is a workhorse. With regular honing, this knife definitely stands up to professional use. This knife makes prep work quick work. Whether you are a pro or a great home cook if you like Asian style knives, you will love this knife. I very highly recommend this knife and Miyabi Koh altogether.
July 15, 2017
Wonderful Knife
This is my first "real" knife! I took the Knife Skills 101 class and it was great getting to handle different types and discover what I liked. We used another Miyabi knife that I liked but felt was a bit heavy. So a very helpful saleswoman showed me this one which had a lighter handle.

I have loved using it. Chopping up tons of potatoes to mash is a breeze or cutting through thick veggies. I would gladly own a whole set of this type of knife. Although I am a bit intimidated with how to keep it professionally sharp ha.
January 2, 2018
Purchased
12 months ago
great design
Love the design of this knife. Fits perfectly in my hand and cuts with ease. It is incredibly sharp and makes food prep a breeze.
February 14, 2017
cuts better than my shun western..
smooth, love this knife..
June 17, 2018
Purchased
3 months ago
 

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
I wanted to try something new.
Karen J on Aug 18, 2018
I have a Miyabi knife and love it. Buying this as a gift
James C on Jul 8, 2018
I wanted to try something new.
Karen J on Aug 18, 2018
Need a versatile 8" chef's knife, and the Miyabi Koh series is one I'm beginning to invest in.
Chris C on Aug 17, 2018
I have a Miyabi knife and love it. Buying this as a gift
James C on Jul 8, 2018
good reviews
Jason S on Apr 20, 2018
Chef friend recommended this Said it was a really good deal
Penny G on Mar 21, 2018
My friend tried this knife and really liked it. I am buying this as a gift for her.
Ozge U on Mar 20, 2018
Gareth’s favorite knife
Lori K on Mar 20, 2018
wedding gift
Katina Z on Mar 14, 2018
Quality review.
Maura Z on Mar 13, 2018
Have used this knife previously and like the way it handles.
Karen H on Feb 6, 2018
I chose this knife as a gift for a friend who lost everything in a house fire. As he is a home chef I knew he'd love this knife because I have one myself.
Roberta K on Jan 17, 2018
This is an excellent knife!
debbi c on Dec 26, 2017
It's a beautiful knife with great reviews.
Dean C on Dec 16, 2017
I have one and love it. Sharing with my brother.
Maureen P on Dec 15, 2017
Description and sale price
ken S on Dec 14, 2017
looks like a good price for a good knife; gift to a cook
ayse G on Dec 11, 2017
Great price and great quality!
Anna K on Dec 10, 2017
It is a gift for my Croatian friend who has won competitions in Croatia and hosts my wife and me in Zagreb and Rab, Croatia.
Brian J on Dec 9, 2017
High quality item, with great reviews on sale. I've been waiting a long time for it to go on sale.
Daniel L on Dec 7, 2017
Its a gift for my son. He picked it out. I trust he did the research and considered this the best one.
Monica T on Nov 24, 2017
chef recommended
Linda M on Nov 16, 2017
I attended a cooking class in Dallas last Spring and this knife was used. I was very impressed. I am buying it for my son for his birthday.
Melissa H on Nov 10, 2017
great design & style
Robert W on Nov 10, 2017
wedding gift
Patricia K on Nov 8, 2017
Trying out the brand
Andrew D on Nov 6, 2017
Based on reviews
Alexandre T on Aug 29, 2017
great knife all around
kevin c on Aug 26, 2017
I just took the Knife Skills 101 class and greatly enjoyed using the Kaizen II during it. Another knife had a lighter handle which felt great to hold and one of the assistants recommended that I try out the Koh - it felt even better than that knife and I'm confident will cut just as well as the Kaizen.
Julia B on Aug 20, 2017
We LOVE our Miyabi knives. They feel excellent in your hand, so smooth and not too heavy. They cut like butter. I've never had knives that compare to Miyabi! They are truly top notch.
Laura L on Aug 3, 2017
I have used it before and it is life-changing.
Jennifer W on Jul 13, 2017
Affordably priced. Good knife.
Frank V on Jul 8, 2017
needed a good knife and was recommended by a friend
Bernice L on Jul 1, 2017
bought this brand before
Frederick MW T on Jun 23, 2017
I have several Miyabi and Shun knives and been looking for a 9.5" Asian knife. Never seen this knife before and looks like a new style and had to get it.
Robin R on Jun 23, 2017
I was looking for a chef knife as a gift for someone who enjoys cooking. Read reviews and looked at product. Seemed like a good choice
Barbara U on Jun 19, 2017
The price and it looks cool.
Michael B on Jun 15, 2017
good reviews, sale price
YVONNE S on Jun 6, 2017
Saw it in Tasting Table blog
Anne H on Jun 3, 2017
Quality and Price
Kelly H on May 28, 2017
I bought this on a neighbor's recommendation. I got for my foody son last year and am now buying for my husband for Father's Day.
B J N on May 18, 2017
I have one and love it. This one is for my son who is a fantastic cook.
Margaret S on May 3, 2017
i have one.. love it
Walter B on May 2, 2017
Cutting veggies
Bernadette W on Apr 29, 2017
have always wanted one...
Jan M on Apr 11, 2017
Looks awesome !
Paul R on Apr 5, 2017
I am familiar with this brand of knife and like it
Joan R on Mar 30, 2017
Japanese knives are the sharpest blades I've ever used and this was at a good price. Looking forward to see how it performs.
Roy F on Mar 20, 2017
Loved this knife when I tested it
Theodore W on Mar 3, 2017
This was a gift for my sister--her new husband wanted a Japanese knife and she wants a dedicated chef in the kitchen, so it was the perfect unexpected birthday gift.
Lauren S on Feb 16, 2017
Great price for a Miyabi knife.
Judy S on Feb 10, 2017
Need a versatile 8" chef's knife, and the Miyabi Koh series is one I'm beginning to invest in.
Chris C on Aug 17, 2018
good reviews
Jason S on Apr 20, 2018
How many (if any) layers of steel are in this knife?
A shopper on Jan 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I am not sure about the layers of steel but it is very hard and holds the edge wonderfully and is balanced vey well. It is the very best knife I own. And is a real bargain at this price. I have since bought two more to give as gifts and will buy another for myself.
Are these blades easily chipped or can they break easily if putting pressure on cutting something?
Cyndi M on Jan 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have used it on lots of things from meat/duck to veggies and fruit. Its fine though I have never had any knife chip even ceramic
What is the weight of the 8 inch?
A shopper on Feb 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This knife is very light weight. It weighs 6.1 oz.
Does it come pre sharpened?
Abraham A on Apr 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does. We got ours a year ago and after daily use, it’s still sharp. This has become our go-to knife!
How much mm is the blade?
A shopper on May 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: About .75mm blade width at the bolster end thinning to about .5mm near the tip. The blade is quite thin and a little flexible. Really sharp and good for slicing sushi, etc., but not well suited for for general chopping and dicing, in my opinion. The blade is too narrow and not rugged enough for that type of use.
What is the thickness of the spine ?
A shopper on Mar 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The spine is fairly thin (approx. 1/16th of a inch) compared to most other Japanese knives such as Shun. But overall it's very light and sturdy. A good knife for price.
Is there any type of warranty on the knife?
Rachel P on Jun 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty.
Is this an authentic miyabi knife? I noticed that it doesnt have the usual logo on the blade as the other miyabi knives?
Dylan K on Jan 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Each of the displayed images show the same side of the knife blade. The opposite side actually does show the words"Miyabi Koh".
What are sandblasted katana edges?
A shopper on Dec 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Just what it sounds like...the dark part near the cutting edge. I think it is mostly cosmetic, a look that a lot of the Japanese knives have. It's a good knife.
My German knives can be sharpened using a 2-step grinder while my Globe knives must be sharpened using a stone. What is the best way to sharpen these knives?
A shopper on Jul 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is a stone made specifically for this knife, I am using that.
 

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