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Zwilling J.A. Henckels Miyabi Kaizen 8" Chef's Knife, VG10 Damascus Blade, Micarta Handle

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Part Number: H34183203
Manufacturer: Miyabi Cutlery
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H34183203: Miyabi Kaizen 8" Chef's
Miyabi Kaizen by Zwilling J.A. Henckels Japan
8" chef's knife.

Miyabi continues to strive for perfection with the introduction of Miyabi Kaizen - Japanese for "improvement' or "change for the better". This next generation of Miyabi knives, made in Seki, Japan, combines the greatest hardening technology with the artistry of traditional craftsmanship.

The resilient core of VG10 (CMV60) super steel is protected by a 64-layer stunning flower Damascus pattern.

The CRYODUR blade undergoes a four-step hardening process that maximizes the properties of the steel.
  • Hardening done in a state-of-the-art vacuum furnace
  • Rapid-quenching to room temperature in seconds
  • Cryogenic treatment at -321° F to enhance the corrosion resistance
    Double Tempering to improve toughness
The result, blades with 60 Rockwell hardness that have outstanding cutting edge retention, maximized corrosion resistance and toughness.

The Katana edge is hand-finished with the traditional 3-step Honbazuke method. The angle of each blade is honed by an artisan to 9.5 - 12 degrees per side. The acute angle in concert with Honbazuke method yields scalpel-like sharpness.

The exceptional blade is complemented by an equally stunning and durable handle made of black linen Micarta featuring a mosaic pin, red spacers and a metal end cap.
  • VG10 (CMV60) super steel core
  • 60 Rockwell hardness
  • CRYODUR ice-hardened blade
  • 65-layer
  • Flower Damascus design
  • Traditional 3-step Honbazuke hand-honed edge
  • Black linen Micarta handle with mosaic pin, two red spacers and end cap logo
  • Made in Japan
Made in Japan
Made in Japan
The exotic steel Capital of the World, Japan produces and innovates some of the best products, from pocket to kitchen knives and everything in between.
Micarta Handles
Micarta Handles
Similar to G10, Micarta is a a compressed layered composite which instead of using fiberglass, uses fiber compounds of any type of create a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
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5 out of 5
New England
Jan 07, 2012
Pros: Design, Construction, Material Quality, Sharpness, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Brilliant knife
This leaps to the hand, maneuvers easily and cuts .. no, I don't think it cuts: I think food falls apart before it in fear. A co-worker bought one after I raved. His email that night, "Not coming in tomorrow: send over 200lbs of onions!" Yeah, it's that nice. I'm going to slowly convert my block of Henckels and Wusthofs to the Miyabis.
5 out of 5
San Jose, Ca.
Jan 04, 2012
Pros: Design, Construction, Material Quality, Sharpness, Overall Quality, Durability
Cons: None
I gave this knife to my son for Christmas and he said he absolutely loves it! Good weight in hand, cuts perfectly and said he'll use it for years to come. It's his favorite kitchen knife to date. It had been recommended by a friend of his who is a chef. So that should be recommendation enough! There had been quite a delay in receiving it from the website. It didn't ship out when I was told. I guess it was on backorder. Although as Christmas drew closer, the day I called them to say to cancel my order, because I could get it at Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table, then customer service informed me "Oh, it just arrived today!" Which I sort of found hard to believe, but. They did send it out the next day, and did put a rush on it. I think it took almost 3 weeks from the time I ordered it. But I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, and figure they were just backlogged due to Christmas. But I did get it in time, and it was the perfect kitchen knife, so that's what I'll review for. I highly recommend it.
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