MIYABI Birchwood SG2 8-inch, Chef's Knife

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Ultra-Sharp Japanese Knife With A Stunning Birchwood Handle

  • Handcrafted in Seki, Japan
  • Premium micro-carbide powder steel blade
  • Elegant, ergonomic birchwood handle
Miyabi Birchwood SG2 8-inch Chef's Knife is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 624.
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This 8-inch chef’s knife is an indispensable tool in the kitchen, for cutting vegetables, meat, and fish. Top-of-the-line MIYABI Birchwood is a work of culinary art handcrafted in Seki, Japan. Both blade and 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. MIYABI’s innovative, CRYODUR ice-hardening process locks in the blade’s long-lasting sharpness. Beneath its beautiful exterior, the flower Damascus pattern provides exceptional durability.

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

  • SG2 micro-carbide powder steel blade for scalpel-like sharpness
  • Authentic thin Japanese blade profile with a 9.5° to 12° edge
  • Hand-honed using the traditional Japanese three-step Honbazuke process
  • Blade is CRYODUR ice-hardened to Rockwell 63 for long-lasting sharpness
  • 101-layer flower Damascus design with katana edge is both beautiful and durable
  • Traditional Japanese Karelian (Masur) Birch handle with a rounded spine and heel
  • Handwash only
  • Handcrafted in Seki, Japan


  • Item no. 34373-203
  • 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): 63 HRC
  • Colour handle: brown
  • Substance handle: birch
  • Net weight: 0.38 lbs
  • Length of product: 13.23 in
  • Width of product: 0.87 in
  • Height of product: 1.85 in
  • Blade length: 7.87 in
  • Handle length: 5.39 in
  • Handle width: 0.91 in
  • Blade width: 0.08 in
  • Blade thickness: 0.08 in
MIYABI Birchwood SG2 8-inch, Chef's Knife
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Miyabi Birchwood SG2 8-inch Chef's Knife is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 624.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Go away, but another brand... Seems like I received a refurbished... handle was a bit stained, it had some scratches on the blade and the pin feels off, not smooth to the touch. Extremely disappointed with the quality control, but if I return it seems like I end up paying for the shipping. Plus customer service dont care and never write back.
Date published: 2020-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An inch shorter but still a versatile knife! This 6" Miyabi Birchwood is slightly shorter but still a versatile knife. Perfect for someone like me, smaller hand grip and I liked a lightweight knife but sharp. This knife's blade features a Katana edge, it is scalpel-like sharpness and comfortably in the hand. The Potent core of SG2 micro-carbide powder steel is protected by 100 layers of steel, hand-honed using the traditional 3-step Japanese Honbazuke method. 5000MCD, Cryodur ice-hardened; 63 Rockwell hardness, flower Damascus pattern provides added durability and helps prevent food from sticking. Every Miyabi knife deserves proper care.
Date published: 2020-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dream knife! My boyfriend who is a passionate home cook and I took a knife skills class years ago in Calgary canada. I remember trying out dozens of different knives with different styles of blades, handles, weights etc. The winner was this Miyabi Birchwood SG2 8-inch Chef's Knife. Wasn't able to pick up at the time unfortunately but never forgotten. Years later our friends gave this to us as a Christmas gift and we couldn't be happier. Beautiful to look at and hold!! Nice comfortable weight and the sharpest blade ever! Will be our forever knife!
Date published: 2021-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great knife! Handle might be high maintenance This knife is razor sharp and beautiful. The attention to detail is meticulous. The handle was very comfortable and I appreciated how it is made of real wood. However, I wish it came preseasoned/pretreated to keep out moisture for the initial uses, even if it requires continued upkeep later on. The handle easily absorbs moisture, even if you quickly wipe it dry. So although it is very beautiful wood, even one drop of water will get rid of the original smoothness and sheen of the wood. You have to be really careful to keep it dry and not stain it with whatever you’re cutting.
Date published: 2021-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and Miles Ahead I tried a Kramer and a few other knives and this one blows them all away. After owning this knife for a little while. I picked up a Shun Fuji which is supposedly their best “SG2” knife and it’s not even close. This one is miles ahead. The handle feels elegant and the shape is perfect! I use my left hand to cut and this feels perfect in my hand! The top of the blade feels smooth...I can use this knife for hours! When I want to finely chop my vegetables and give them that artisan cut I choose this knife. The Miyabi Birchwood allows me to chiffonade lettuce with unmatched precision. I can dice and brunoise onions and other vegetables and they look gorgeous! I make Pico de Gallo look like a work of art with this knife. The blades holds its edge amazingly well it’s super sharp absolutely. It’s a work of art that feels natural in the hand. I picked up a Shun Fuji a week ago and it felt really awkward and the handle felt fake compared to this. This is definitely my go to when I need a precision knife that can make precision cuts
Date published: 2020-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good knife but a couple of questions. This is now my go to knife. It keeps an edge well. Easy to sharpen.beautiful handle and stunning blade. But after only three months the logo on one side and specs on the other side are wearing off. If this is normal I don’t like it. Also, this may seem inconsequential but several reviews of this knife commented on the quality of the box holding this knife was of high quality with a finely textured surface, a box worthy of storing the knife but the box my knife arrived in was beaten up and cheap black cardboard. I have a 49 dollar inferior Chinese knife that came in a beautiful wooden box. Why the cheap box? It’s a good knife but why is the logo wearing of and what’s with the cheap box?
Date published: 2021-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best knife I’ve ever used Unbelievable craftsmanship and attention to detail makes this knife a joy to use everyday. I have to admit I was a bit hesitant when I saw the price, but having used this knife for over a year now I can confidently say this is by FAR the best knife I have ever used in my over 20 years of culinary experience. Easy to maintain its out of the box razor blade sharpness with a few passes on a ceramic honing it’s like brand new again. Great for any situation in the kitchen and makes any prep work a breeze with its balance and sharpness.
Date published: 2020-11-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice looking but the blade core is nothing special I bought this (8" birchwood chef) at Bed, Bath and Beyond. The main reason fior spending the $$ was the SG2 core. I own a Miyabi Kaizen 8" and a a Shun classic. This knife, based on the edge I can put on it and its edge holding ability, I find inferior to the shun Classic. Recently bought a Shun Hiro (SG2 core) and the difference between the Hiro and the Birchwood is astonishing. (The Hiro taking and holding a much keener edge) Based on what I am seeing, I have a hard time believing the Birchwood has an SG2 core. Maybe my Birchwood Miyabi is an an example of some manufacturing blunder, like heat treatment gone horribly wrong, but I must call 'em as I see 'em. The only specimen I have seen is the one I bought and I feel I grossly overpaid for what it is. If I never compared it to a really good SG2 knife, maybe I would be happy with it. Do not get me wrong, it is still better than a basic German stainless steel Chef knife, it is just not as good as a Shun Classic, much less than the Shun Hiro.
Date published: 2020-04-23
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Is the sharpening angle the same on both sides of the blade?

Asked by: Fedefabi
This knife is sharpened to 9.5-12° per side.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2023-09-13

The handle is very clear and I'm afraid it can be stained easily.Is there a way you recommend to clean the handle effectively? Apart from the sharpening angle,are there other technical specifications that must be communicated to the knife sharpener?Thanks

Asked by: Federicof79
We recommend washing the handle with a gentle dish soap (like regular Dawn) and non-abrasive sponge or cloth. For comfort, and to help prevent staining and wear, you can condition the wood with mineral or camellia oil as needed. The knife should be sharpened to 9.5-12° per side. There are no other specifications to consider during sharpening.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2023-09-13

Is it possible to delivery to New Zealand ? If you can, how much it would cost for delivering? Thank you.

Asked by: Justin Choi
Unfortunately, we are not able to ship internationally. (Shipping Information
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2018-08-12

Does it ship to Australia? in WA Bunbury 

Asked by: William fung
We currently do not ship outside of the US at this time, however, you can reach out to Germany directly at for immediate assistance.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2018-08-07

what is the weight of this chef knife and also in comparison to the weight of the mizu, kaizen and evolution 8 inch chef knives? Also is the d shape hand thats on the birchwood, mizu and kaizen lines aggressively stepped on the right side?

Asked by: coor86
This knife weighs approximately 0.8 lbs. It is heavier than the Kaizen at 0.7 lbs and the Mizu and Evolution 8" chef's knives at 0.6 lbs. The subtle D-shaped handles are very smooth and comfortable to use.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2018-05-29

Hi, do Miyabi knives have full tangs running down the length of the handle?

Asked by: DFGZ64
No, not all Miyabi knives are full tang. They are usually between 0.33 to 0.5 tang.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2018-05-10

I really want to buy it but I'm concerned I do not have the skills to take care of it. If I buy the Miyabi Birchwood 9" Sharpening Steel... will that be ok for maintaining it on a regular basis if I ship them in once or twice a year for sharpening? 

Asked by: LeeB
Yes, in addition to regular at-home maintenance, we recommend a professional sharpening 1-2 times a year.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2019-09-16

Is this a Damascus print or is it authentic pressed steel?

Asked by: Ev1488
The Damascus design is made of a 101-layer steel. It is not a print.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2019-09-16
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