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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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  • 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

Specifications Show

  • Dimensions: 6", 8" or 9" blade
  • Material: Stainless steel and birchwood
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty
  • Made in Japan

Care & Usage Show

  • Hand wash and dry immediately
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Customer Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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They work, stay sharp i went to al Miyabi 2 year ago.
May 3, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
My Go To Knife!
I have a drawer full of knives...good knives...and the chef knife and pairing knives are the ones I use ALL the time. I love them. I also bought the diamond honer to keep it in shape. They are not only beautiful but good!
March 5, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Great Choice
My husband loved his Christmas present. This knife is unbelievable. It is light and really sharp!
January 10, 2019
Purchased
7 months ago
Overall, great knife with an excellent blade.
November 17, 2018
Purchased
9 months ago
Love it!
Great knife, really comfortable and sharp.
December 10, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
love this knife
This knife has super sharp blade & sharp looking I love the looks of the knife & it is wonderful for cutting & dicing, I keep it in a drawer knife holder so no one else will use it!
August 12, 2017
Simply the Best
Beautiful blade, beautiful handle, MC63 strength, comfort, hand craftsmanship, and a pleasure to use. Even the packaging is developed with thoughtful intent. I love mine and would definitely recommend Miyabi Birchwood knives.
April 25, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Wonderful knife
I bought this for my daughter who loves to cook. It is a great knife. It is very sharp. Handles well and feels light in the hand. We also own some of the higher end Shun knives. I think the blade on this knife is superior to the Shun Chef's knife
January 2, 2017
Really sharp. Great knive for cutting meats. Would recommend for avid cookers
September 7, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Not as sharp as I thought
I wanted a super sharp knife and based on reviews and descriptions, and the price I thought this would fit the bill. Unfortunately this knife did not. So I will be returning it.
July 8, 2016
 

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
Its the best
Ronald L on Jul 12, 2019
I owned in the past and LOVED it!
Keely C on May 31, 2019
Its the best
Ronald L on Jul 12, 2019
Friend reffered
David Scott W on Jun 19, 2019
I owned in the past and LOVED it!
Keely C on May 31, 2019
it fits my daily needs as a chef at the fourseasons
Joe Anthony p O on May 22, 2019
best professional brand.
Anne S on Apr 19, 2019
This is my go-to knife because it is incredibly sharp and cuts through anything from chicken to tomatoes like butter. It is well balanced so it's easy to hold and not too heavy. Truly, this is by far the best knife I've ever owned!
Leslie K on Dec 20, 2018
Husband asked for it
Agueda S on Dec 18, 2018
Research and recommendations. Quality. Uniqueness.
Chris T on Dec 17, 2018
Ratings
Theresa W on Dec 3, 2018
i have Miyabi knives and like the brand and I love the handle on this knife
Gail K on Nov 26, 2018
Quality
Paul A on Nov 24, 2018
Recently visited Sur La Table store in Pleasonton, CA. Had the opportunity to see this knife up close and was very impressed. Unable to purchase at the time because giftee was shopping with me!!!

Great choice for that special chef who appears to have everything.
Liz E on Nov 1, 2018
I own a couple of other Miyabi knives and they are the best and they are the only 2 I use at home. I cook everyday and I don't think I can live without them. I hope this will do the same.

Thanks
Estelita M on Oct 17, 2018
High Quality
Sharpness
Piece of art
Sebastian B on Oct 16, 2018
its Amazing
Veronica L on Sep 30, 2018
after researching found this knife to be one of the best choices.
Janet D on Sep 29, 2018
grandson birthday
ROBERTA A on Aug 20, 2018
I've been using Miyabi for years and have wanted the Birchwood line. It's so beautiful!
Brandi K on Jul 2, 2018
for the reputation
Sean M on Jun 8, 2018
Sharpest knife I have ever seen
Fredrick W on Jun 1, 2018
I bought one for my girlfriend and fell in love with it. We broke up. I need another one.
Stetson C on Feb 22, 2018
I've seen great review online about this knife
Mario M on Feb 8, 2018
I got it for my fiance. He has been obsessed over this brand for years now. and i think he deserves one for all his hard work.
alejandra o on Dec 22, 2017
My brother desired a knife just like this one.
Jennifer B on Dec 8, 2017
Awesome knive and long lasting
Andrew R on Nov 13, 2017
Good knife!
Bernardo N on Feb 26, 2017
these knives are remarkable
robert b on Feb 15, 2017
the best knife
FLORENTINO V on Feb 10, 2017
It looks beautiful and it was highly reviewed
Alex E on Jan 31, 2017
I HAVE HEARD NOTHING BUT PRAISE FOR THIS KNIFE AND IT WAS A GOOD DEAL FOR THIS KNIFE
Paul C on Jan 12, 2017
Miyabi uses fantastic SG2 steel in this knife and sells the knife for several hundred dollars less than Shun's SG2 knives. Moreover, Miyabi places several dozen more folds in the steel than Shun and uses a lot more careful craftsmanship in the handles. You are getting a superior knife for half the cost of a Shun.
Micah V on Jan 11, 2017
HIGHEST RATED KITCHEN STORE
DONALD I on Jan 10, 2017
Christmas gift
Lori N on Dec 19, 2016
We have an 8" of the same knife and love it
David G on Dec 17, 2016
My son just fell in love with this knife. Read rave reviews, will update once he has used the knife.
Laura M on Dec 13, 2016
I saw it in a body builder magazine
James R on Dec 12, 2016
Great reviews and good looking knife
Corey H on Dec 10, 2016
We have a smaller knife like this and wanted a larger chef knife.
Ann N on Dec 5, 2016
home
Faye C on Nov 30, 2016
xmas present
Kathryn W on Nov 28, 2016
Beautiful knives. We love them!
Beth W on Nov 28, 2016
Very sharp and well balanced knive.
Joe Anthony p O on Oct 6, 2016
Recipient asked for it
Cynthia S on Sep 23, 2016
sharper+better quality than my Shun knives-not cheap,but price was competitve-thanks
Daryl F on Aug 21, 2016
one of my freinds has one and i loved it
ERNEST Y on Aug 8, 2016
I have tried the 6" utility and it is the best kitchen knife I've ever used. After a year my wife asked for a larger one.
Robert S on Jul 13, 2016
looks beautiful, hope it slices tomatoes better than regular mainstream quality knives
Irina I on Jun 20, 2016
Gift
Tyler S on Jun 20, 2016
Feels great in the hand and retains its sharpness for quite a while.
David M on May 22, 2016
Beauty and good reviews
Brice M on May 19, 2016
Friend reffered
David Scott W on Jun 19, 2019
it fits my daily needs as a chef at the fourseasons
Joe Anthony p O on May 22, 2019
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 am left handed as well and these knives suit either hand. They are terrific knives
Where and how can I special order a left handed miyabi knife?
Stanley T on Mar 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: For special orders, you'll need to contact the manufacturer directly.
What are the custom grits that Miyabi sharpens their knives with from the factory?
Derek Z on Sep 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Hello, while I'm not 100% on the grits used in the factory, all miyabi knives are sharpened using the honbazuke method which is a three step process using a coarse stone (1000 or less) then a finishing stone (generally around 4000) and finished with a leather strop. I sharpen mine myself using the same method once every two weeks for about 30 minutes, varying depending on the condition of the blade.
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.
What angle is the birch wood series sharpened to? I know the mizu & artisan are 9° to 12° But don't know the birch woods angle
Verde on Jan 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I am a knifemaker. Best i can tell after trying to find specifics for their angle of primary edge is "10 to 20 degrees" in a sight addressing the sharpening of these knives--I always use 15 degrees or 30 degrees comprehensive on kitchen knives---pretty standard. You can always put a black marker mark along the edge and adjust your angle of sharpening to fit the edge by looking at the removal of the "black" color that is there. If it removes too much reduce the angle and too little increase your angle. Hope this helps.
Hello. Does anyone happen to know the exact dimensions of the blade? Specifically from the spine near the hilt to the edge? Also the thickness of the blade? Thank you
Chefben on Jun 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The blade measures 43mm at its' widest point from spine to edge near the hilt. Also, the spine is 2mm thick at same point of measurement. The blade is 199mm, or approx. 7-13/16" in length from the tip to the finger-nook, in a straight line.
Hi i just bought a Miyabi Birchwood 8'' Chef’s knife and is beautiful .The very bottom of blade has two dimples and one on the other side one in finish about the size of a sesame seed. Would this be normal?
Anthony V on Mar 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: My knife has a small dimple about 3/4 of an inch from the handle near the bottom of the blade, close to the random pattern each knife has. There are a few other imperfections; some may be part of the finish. It is hard to tell. None of the imperfections affect the function of the knife.
Is the blade 8" or is it the handle and blade?
A shopper on Jan 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Blade is 8". This knife is beautiful and I enjoy looking at it, as well as using it. It is razor sharp.
Can I use this to break down a whole salmon ?
Harry on Apr 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Harry, the simple answer is yes.

Consideration should be taken regarding the size of the fish you are breaking down if you are talking about an extremely large fish, but you should easily be able to remove the head, fins and tail and then filet. Yes a thick knife such as a Deba will dispatch better in terms of large bones such as the head and a flexible knife such as a Gokujo is better for filleting when attempting to preserve as much of the meat as possible but overall your chef knife will do the job.

Miyabi's Birchwood line in my opinion is the finest cutlery product Sur La Table offers.
What kind of honing rod is best for this the birch wood or the regular miyabi honing rod with black handle ?
Harry on Apr 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I use the black handled rod since I already owned it. I suspect the Miyabi is more finely attuned to the blade but not positive.
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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