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Miyabi Kaizen II Chef’s Knife

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Designed to exacting standards and only available at Sur La Table, Kaizen II improves upon Miyabi’s popular Kaizen collection with the addition of FC61 super steel, redesigned pakkawood handles and a host of new, chef-friendly features. Literally...Read More

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A new classic from Seki City, Japan.

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EXCLUSIVE HAND MADE Designed to exacting standards and only available at Sur La Table, Kaizen II improves upon Miyabi’s popular Kaizen collection with the addition of FC61 super steel, redesigned pakkawood handles and a host of new, chef-friendly features. Literally "change for the better" in Japanese, kaizen isn’t just a word but a way of life—one our completely reinvented collection celebrates by combining the latest technology with sleek, modern lines and centuries of knife-making artistry.

Forged from a core of FC61 steel surrounded by 48 layers of stainless steel Damascus, Miyabi Kaizen II knives perform as good as they look. Sharpened using the traditional four-step Honbazuke technique, each knife is a hand-sharpened work of art.

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  • 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

Specifications Show

  • Manufacturer: Miyabi
  • Material: High-carbon stainless steel, pakkawood
  • Dimensions:
    • 6" blade, 12" overall length, 1.5" wide
    • 8" blade, 13" overall length, 1.9" wide
    • 9.5" blade, 15" overall length, 2" wide
  • Warranty: Lifetime warranty
  • Made in Seki City, Japan exclusively for Sur La Table

Care & Usage Show

  • Hand wash only

What's In the box? Show

  • Chef’s knife (sold individually)
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Customer Reviews

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104 Reviews
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great knife
I use it every day and is still working great for me a month later this is a really wellmade and great knife
June 19, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Go to knife
I have the 8 inch version and use it everyday - it's our go to knife. Came razor sharp and holds an edge longer than any knife I've ever owned. If I could only buy one knife, this is the one. Love it.
June 12, 2019
Fine Knife
I have several Miyabi knives and consider them to be of the highest quality
May 4, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Love it
My wife just loves this knife.
February 22, 2019
Purchased
6 months ago
Great knife
Fav knife. Came sharp, still sharp. Ise it more than any other I own.
February 3, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Love the look and feel
I have all but 1
January 2, 2019
Purchased
11 months ago
Very Sharp
I bought two of them. One for my son and one for myself. It has remained sharp and I use it a lot but always use wood cutting board.
December 31, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Outstanding
I had to cut a nice ribeye into steaks. i was able to do 1/4" cuts without any problem or effort.
December 29, 2018
Purchased
8 months ago
Almost perfect!
I really love this knife. It's weighted well, and the handle feels great in my hands. I will say I feel the blade needed sharpening sooner than I expected, but I don't mind sharpening it on my steel before each use. I fear it won't be long before I need to have it professionally re-sharpened, and I've owned it less than a year. As a trained chef, I do use my knives pretty frequently and can wear them down faster than a typical home chef, but for the price I expected it to last a bit longer. I still love it, though, and would recommend.
November 13, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Great all purpose chef's knife.
I'm not a chef. I cook at home a few days a week. I did a lot of research on chef's knives because I knew that I was going to spend a decent amount of money on one knife. I love this knife. It feels great in the hand and looks beautiful. I tend to slice a lot but I wanted to be able to chop as well. This knife does everything extremely well. It has an extremely sharp edge, which is amazing until it starts to dull. I've been using a honing rod too keep it in check but, after a year, I think it may be time for a new edge. This shouldn't come as a surprise because of its insane angle. Don't get me wrong, it still slices very well, but not quite as well as when I first got it. If you are looking for a well rounded chef's knife that looks as good as it cuts, this should be on your list.
October 24, 2018
 

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
I got this as a wedding gift, and it is the best knife I've had. Feels comfortable in the hand, easy to index, sharp as the dickens, and it just looks beautiful...
Jason H on Aug 5, 2019
I am giving as a shower gift. I have this knife and also purchased one for the brides father. We both love it. Hope she and her fiancé do too.
Katherine A on Jun 16, 2019
I got this as a wedding gift, and it is the best knife I've had. Feels comfortable in the hand, easy to index, sharp as the dickens, and it just looks beautiful...
Jason H on Aug 5, 2019
Love this size of knife
Leigh S on Jul 10, 2019
I am giving as a shower gift. I have this knife and also purchased one for the brides father. We both love it. Hope she and her fiancé do too.
Katherine A on Jun 16, 2019
It was on Brides' list
Lesslie G on May 15, 2019
it look nice
Mario B on Apr 8, 2019
A birthday present for my daughter
Talma N on Mar 10, 2019
My good chef knife was lost, so now it is time for a new one!!
Pamela S on Mar 8, 2019
Good knives are critical for cooking.
MARY C on Feb 23, 2019
because it was on the brides registry
Christine T on Feb 2, 2019
Our daughter has a few of these and my wife wants a few in various sizes.
Frederick Z on Jan 22, 2019
I have one that I love.
Nicholas K on Dec 26, 2018
My daughter is a wonderful cook and she loves these knives!
CYNTHIA A on Dec 13, 2018
My wife wanted it
Bruce D on Dec 11, 2018
My son really liked it in the Towson Towncenter, Towson MD store. Jeremy was extremely helpful explaining and showing how to use this chef knife. My son didn't buy it at the store, but I got the hint that it would make a great Christmas gift. Thanks to Jeremy!
Karen F on Dec 7, 2018
recommended by Alex at Trader Joe's
Sarah O on Dec 3, 2018
It was on my sons wish list!
Madelyn H on Nov 27, 2018
I enjoy kitchen work with the best possible tools. This knife may be one of the best in its price range, however, at this bargain price I can't go wrong. I am also interested in having a RC61 kitchen knife.
Arturo I on Nov 27, 2018
High quality, good recommendations from others.
Clare M on Nov 27, 2018
Great price. Been wanting to try this knife.
MARIE C on Nov 27, 2018
This gift is for my grandson. He went to cooking school and this is his favorite knife!
He says its the best!
Robert I on Nov 27, 2018
Terrific, very nice knife. Own one, this one is a gift.
J douglas T on Nov 27, 2018
Having been wanting and this was on sale for a good price.
Sherlyn M on Nov 27, 2018
These are each a present for my sons, and I know these knives r4e excellent.
Katharine S on Nov 27, 2018
Great quality for an incredible price. Thank you Cyber Monday!
Beverly K on Nov 27, 2018
My husband wanted this for Christmas. It is a beautiful knife and cuts well.
Janet E on Nov 27, 2018
It's a gift for a chef who absolutely loves these knives.
Shanique R on Nov 27, 2018
beautiful, great reviews
Christi L on Nov 27, 2018
My husband bought this knife for me almost 10 years ago. My mother has been coveting it ever since. This year I decided to buy it for her for Christmas.
Maureen M M on Nov 26, 2018
Looks amazing, and it had great reviews.
chris l on Oct 31, 2018
Ddi some research and this was highly recommended. Looking forward to using it. A good knife is essential for the pleasure of food preparation.
Phillip C on Oct 27, 2018
I always wanted one of these knifes for the holidays and I am happy to purchase one at this time. I am looking forward to seeing it in my kitchen.
Jennifer R on Oct 1, 2018
It's a best-selling knife!
Julia H on Oct 1, 2018
Amazed by this knife when I used it during a recent SLT cooking class.
sally l on Oct 1, 2018
great price
Aaron D on Sep 30, 2018
Quality and versatility
DOUGLASS M on Sep 30, 2018
Third one I have purchased and given as gifts..
James E on Sep 30, 2018
size - cost - reputation of company
Evi D on Sep 30, 2018
Sale price. Intended to be a gift.
Mary Blum R on Sep 30, 2018
High quality, beautiful folded steel, great reputation, an item to last us our lifetime. It helped that we received/are receiving 2 other Miyabi knives from our wedding! This gives us a complete set of what meets our needs.
Jacquelyn K on Sep 24, 2018
Friend's recommendation from a Sur La Table knife class and subsequent use.
Raphael G on Sep 24, 2018
quality I wanted and price now
Sarah C on Sep 24, 2018
Daughter is in chef's school. One year down, one to go. This is her favourite go-to knife.
Loves it so much she asked for an extra - just in case...
Marlette M on Sep 23, 2018
I don’t have these kind of knives and want to try them
Ann G on Sep 22, 2018
We are hoping to upgrade of daughter's boyfriend to son-in-law status. He loves to cook!
Mary Z on Sep 21, 2018
a chef friend recommended this knife!
Mary F on Sep 13, 2018
In-store demonstration and testing. The thing is like magic.
David P on Sep 10, 2018
I want a very good every-day knife
Michael W on Aug 29, 2018
On a wedding gift registry
Leilani H on Jun 15, 2018
Recommended by a chef teaching an SLT cooking class as her current,recent, favorite knife purchase.
Margaret L on Jun 10, 2018
on sale
Stephen S on Jun 10, 2018
Love this size of knife
Leigh S on Jul 10, 2019
It was on Brides' list
Lesslie G on May 15, 2019
Whats the difference between the kaizen and the kaizen II?
Alex S on Jan 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The core steel is different in each of the knives, the Kaizen knife has more layers of Damascus steel, and the Kaizen ll has a thicker handle. For me, I'd lean toward the Kaizen. I bought the Kaizen ll for my daughter who likes a bigger handle on a knife. They're both good, it's more a matter of how it feels to you.
Would this be a good knife for a left handed person?
Tara G on Feb 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm left handed and all their knives work perfect for me!
Which cutting board should I use with this knife?:
A shopper on Sep 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This knife is a fine piece of craftsmanship, this knife as with any knife you care about should only be used on a natural wood or synthetic cutting board. Never use a glass cutting board or a tile, stone or metal counter top. I prefer both maple and bamboo.
Is the spine rounded?
A shopper on May 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not really. While the handle is round, the spine is slightly tapered and edges softened at each side. Blends well.
How do you sharpen it when it gets dull?
Kalani K on May 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would advise against sharpening with a steel, the blade is too hard to use a steel, you will cause micro chipping, and it probably won't help much. I use stones to sharpen it and a leather strop for between sharpening (similar to how you would use a steel). Japanese knife imports does a good explanation of why not to use a steel on hard steels. Lots of videos on how to do it, it really depends on how much work you want to do and how fine of a finish you want.
Have you noticed a patina change or the steel changing color and transferring it to the food you're cooking when you slice acidic vegetables or citrus fruits, etc?
Karen L on Nov 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely Not! This is my go-to knife for slicing work in my kitchen. I have owned it for several years & use it several times weekly. I own a total of five Miyabi knives, one Wustoff, and on MAC Japanese knife. the Kaizen II is the sharpest one and is easily re-sharpened with the proper stone kit. I also use a ceramic honer, and leather strap. If you don't own this knife, please note it is thinner and more brittle than other Japanese knives. Take good care of it with proper use, clean after each job, and store it in a safe place for the cutting edge.
Which cutting board would best suit this knife?
Charmagne N on Sep 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The best board for any Japanese knife is the Japanese Hinoki wood boards, made from the light special wood traditionally used in Japan for cutting boards. The Hinoki wood is the relative and is functionally the same as American Port Orford Cedar. Cypress and cedar are effectively that same -- the point being, they both are perfect for fine knife blade cutting boards and they have antiseptic properties due to the chemicals naturally in the wood to keep pests out, the cedar smell is the give away that they are special that way. You can just look up Hinoki Cutting Boards on the web and it will provide you with the range of boards and prices.
Is this knife good for cutting hard winter squash and yams (raw)?
E J on Mar 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yams yes, but I don't use mine on the larger, harder squashes. Use a Global cleaver instead.
Is there a case that fits the 8" kaizen II chef?
A shopper on Mar 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We do not sell a case for the Kaizen II Chef Knife. If you want to protect the edge on your knife you may wish to consider a Messermeister 2x8 Plastic Blade Guard (SKU #7586). It's a very economical way to protect the edge on your knife.
I just received mine and it looks like design is painted on. Is that what it is supposed to look like? It's literally a dull gray design on it.
Jennifer C on Jan 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes Jennifer that is what mine looks like also. I have had it for 2 years and it has held its sharp edge and looks new.
Amy T.
What is the weight of the 9.5" Miyabi 2 chef's knife?
Rickey T on May 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: 7.15 ounces - The blade is a little flexible and the handle a little heavy , but it fits good in my hand
& looks really cool. Cuts well.
How to sharpen it?
A shopper on Jun 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have not so far needed to sharpen mine, with moderate usage. Miyabi recommends sharpening with classic whetstone technique, which they detail nicely but you'll have to search for it yourself because paranoid Sur La Table doesn't allow links in these posts.

Most home chefs (myself included) don't own a whetstone. I plan on having it professionally sharpened periodically.
Does this knife have a full tang?
A shopper on Jun 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes it does have a full tang.
Why does it not shine like some of the other knives And feels like it has a little grayish tinge?
Kashi V on Sep 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm pretty sure it's the method by which the knife is "hammered" repeatedly to get it to the fine edge it has. Perhaps they could have polished it or something but I think it's very distinctive and shows the artistry with wihich it is made.
Do you ever need to sharpen this / these knive(s)?
A shopper on Feb 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: of course, all knives used in the kitchen need honing and sharpening, the more you use them the more you need to care for them. Whatever you buy do yourself a favor and buy a honing tool, a very inexpensive way to keep your knives sharp and long lasting.
Is the edge a single bevel?
A shopper on Dec 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, it's beveled on both sides.
What is the blade thickness?
A shopper on Jan 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't have exact specs, but it was the thinnest chef's knife that I tested out in their showroom.
Is cutting coconut meat and removing an avocado seed with this knife considered a normal use? (I'm not talking about breaking bones with it) Or I can only use it with soft items? Thank you!
A shopper on May 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can use it with anything, it’s an awesome knife, great for all purposes!
Can these knives be engraved?
Angela M on Oct 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, this is not a service we offer.
Warranty?
A shopper on Dec 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty on this knife.
 

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