Miyabi knives stand out as real art pieces in the manufactured knife world. Several years ago, the Zwilling company (Owner of Henckles), realized that high performance Japanese kitchen knives were taking over the international knife market. Like any savvy company, they did the practical thing; buy themselves two Japanese knife factories. One of these produces the beauties known as Miyabi. Miyabi knives are made in Seki City, a mecca for knife producers, and a perfect location for the Miyabi factory.
Miyabi really outdid themselves in terms of sexiness with their Birchwood series. A blade forged from SG2 steel is guaranteed to work exceptionally well. Originally designed as a tool steel, SG2 needs to be tough to perform for its intended use, and can achieve a surgical precision. For a hard steel, SG2 is relatively easy to sharpen, and this is due in part to the great work that Miyabi does to forge a very thin blade. In this particular blade, the steel has been layered to create an effect known as “Damascus”, which not only looks beautiful, but also makes the knife better to cut with.
What really ties this knife together is the rounded Birchwood handle, made to nest perfectly in your hand. Not just the average Birch, a Karelian (Masur) Birch is used, a highly prized material used for many purposes. Due to its beautiful sexy appearance, Karelian Birch is the only wood ever used to craft a Faberge Egg.
SG2 High Speed Powder Stainless Steel
Hybrid Western/Japanese Handle - Birchwood with Metal Bolster