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MIYABI Birchwood SG2 4.5-inch Shotoh

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Miyabi Birchwood SG2 5-inch Utility Knife is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 31.
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Description

The shotoh, which means “small sword” in Japanese, is a versatile knife that is slightly larger than a paring knife. It can be used for intricate vegetable work like peeling and creating garnishes as well as for cleaning and trimming meat and fish.

Top-of-the-line MIYABI Birchwood is a work of culinary art. Both the authentic, thin, Japanese profile blade and the wood handle are crafted from the most precious materials, which shape their striking appearance. More than meets the eye, the potent core of SG2 micro-carbide powder steel is protected by 100 layers of steel, for an exceptionally sharp and long-lasting edge that is highly corrosion resistant. MIYABI's innovative, ice-hardening process locks in the long-lasting sharpness of the CRYODUR blades. Beneath its beautiful exterior, the flower Damascus pattern provides added durability. Sharpening is done using the traditional, three-step Honbazuke method.

The scalpel-like blade is complemented by an equally striking Karelian (Masur) Birch handle. A prized material for knife handles, Karelian Birch is also the only wood ever used in a Faberge egg. Exquisite and ergonomic, MIYABI Birchwood knives feel as good as they look. Handcrafted in Seki, Japan.

  • Authentic, thin Japanese blade comprised of premium G2 micro-carbide powder steel
  • Hand-honed using a traditional, three-step Honbazuke method to a 9.5 to 12° edge
  • CRYODUR blade, ice-hardened to Rockwell 63
  • Blade consists of 101 layers of steel, resulting in a gorgeous floral Damascus pattern, with katana edge
  • Ergonomic D-shape handle made from prized Japanese Karelian (Masur) Birch
  • Rounded spine and heel and steel endcap with embossed logo
  • Handcrafted in Seki, Japan
  • Handwash only

Specifications

  • Item no. 34372-133
Characteristics
  • Color: brown
  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Substance: MC63
  • Type of handle: concealed tang
  • Type of edge: Fine Edge
  • Edge finishing: Honbazuke edge
  • Manufacturing method: welded
  • Blade hardness (HRC): 62-64 HRC
Measurements
  • Net weight: 0.15 lbs
  • Length of product: 9.49 in
  • Width of product: 0.67 in
  • Height of product: 1.26 in
  • Blade length: 4.53 in
  • Handle length: 4.45 in
  • Handle width: 0.67 in
  • Blade width: 0.08 in
MIYABI Birchwood SG2 4.5-inch Shotoh
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Miyabi Birchwood SG2 5-inch Utility Knife is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 31.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Valuable Addition This utility knife is a great addition to any home. Its shorter blade length makes it extremely versatile. Many people end up preferring it over the traditional chef knife. The birchwood handle is so unique. It is very comfortable with its traditional Asian D shape plus the birchwood material makes it very slip resistant. I love how the handle will become very personal as it absorbs oils from your hands and develops its own personality. The 100 layer damascus blade is made from a very sharp SG2 steel core that not only makes it very durable but incredibly beautiful. If you want an authentic Japanese knife, end your search with Miyabi. They are made and sold in Japan as the premium knife.
Date published: 2020-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Miyabi knife with amazing craftsmanship Simply a phenomenal knife. I first owned the birchwood chef’s knife and it’s a workhorse. Although more delicate in feel than western knives, it’s very easy to develop a preference for Japanese knives. The sharper steel requires a bit more care than other knives, but is worth it for the performance you get. The packaging is as nice as it is for every Miyabi knife. Beautiful black magnetic flap box. The birchwood handle is elegant and soft but grips well. I always like to condition the handle with a little mineral oil to give it some shine and keep the handle from drying out. The length is perfect for delicate activities such as paring and design, but is perfect for some heftier activities like vegetables and fish. Excellent! Highly recommend.
Date published: 2021-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Utility Knife & Also A Paring Knife! It's the easiest to grab, a 5"utility knife and also be a larger paring. The scalpel-like blade is complemented by an equally striking Karelian (Masur) Birchwood handle. It feels great in the hand, light and so comfortable. A professional chef/cook should have. A go-to knife and so sharp to cut food for It's potent core of SG2 micro-carbide powder steel, CRYODUR blade, ice-hardened to Rockwell 63, 101-layer flower Damascus design with katana edge.
Date published: 2020-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Miyabi Birchwood line is one of my favorite and the utility knife is one of my most used knives in the kitchen. It is super sharp so can slice, dice, and chop with percision and it feels comfortable in my hand while using, which is very important. This knife is made of a super steel, SG2 and has gone through a special ice-hardening process. These processes are to create a durable and super sharp knife that stays sharp.
Date published: 2020-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful, sharp. The knife is one of the most beautiful I've ever used! The birchwood paired with the damascus-clad steel come together really nicely. I've only used it a handful of times so far but the blade has held it's edge well so far! If I would have one complaint about it, it's that the birchwood handle doesn't seem too robust- seems like it may wear a bit faster than I would like! Maybe some oil or varnish might help.
Date published: 2020-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievably Sharp This gorgeous knife is just the right size when you have several cutting tasks. You can go from paring to cutting and slicing without switching your knife. The SG2 steel core is incredibly hard so it will retain it's edge use after use. The Birchwood handles may take some extra care but once you've felt how comfortable and seen how beautiful they are it will be a joy to take care of this knife.
Date published: 2020-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Birchwood is one of my favorite Miyabi lines. I love the looks and the durablity, not to mention how sharp this knife is. SG2 super steel and a proprietary ice-hardening process make this a sharp and durable knife. The flower damascus design is very beautiful and I love to keep this knife on my magnetic bar so everyone can enjoy its beauty, but don't touch, for me only! Sorry, not sorry.
Date published: 2020-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love These Knives! This is my second Miyabi Birchwood knife. I bought the 7" Chef knife in this set 6 years ago, it is still extremely sharp with very few sharpenings, and it was time to bring another one into my home (next will be the birchwood bread knife). The balance is great. The handle is comfortable in the hand. The blade is both beautiful and sharp! It is exquisitely crafted. Worth every penny!
Date published: 2020-12-16
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Can this knife be shipped to Toronto, Canada?

Asked by: chairman2016
Unfortunately, we are unable to ship outside of the US or US territories.
Answered by: Zwilling Customer Support
Date published: 2016-12-15
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