MIYABI Kaizen II 4.5-inch Pakka Wood Utility Knife Box

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Miyabi Kaizen II 4.5-inch Utility Knife is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 29.
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MIYABI 5000 FCD Shotoh, 13cm blade. The shotoh, which roughly translates as “little knife”, is suited for preparing fruit, vegetables and smaller cuts of meat. It has a blade core of fine carbide steel for very good initial sharpness and cutting edge retention. This FC61 core is embedded in 48 layers of steel which make up the unique Damascus-design pattern on the blade. The cutting edge is Honbazuke-honed which is a three-stage grinding, sharpening and polishing process that results in razor-like sharpness. The whole length of the cutting edge can be used as there is no finger guard. The smooth join between handle and bolster helps to prevent calluses forming on thumb and forefinger. To look after your knife in the best way, hand wash only and maintain and sharpen using a whetstone. Using glass, ceramic or stone cutting boards should be avoided as this can prematurely dull the cutting edge, so we’d recommend cutting on a wooden board.

  • FC61 fine carbide steel blade core
  • 48 layers of steel surrounding the core create the Damascus-design
  • FRIODUR ice-hardened for extreme hardness
  • Rockwell hardness of approximately 61
  • Symmetrical cutting edge
  • Pakka wood handle
  • Steel mosaic pin and handle end cap
  • Made in Japan


  • Item no. 34680-113
  • Color: black matte
  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Substance: FC61
  • Type of handle: concealed tang
  • Type of edge: Fine Edge
  • Edge finishing: Honbazuke edge
  • Manufacturing method: welded
  • Number of parts: 1
  • Blade hardness (HRC): 60-62 HRC
  • Colour handle: black matte
  • Substance handle: Pakka Wood
  • Net weight: 0.20 lbs
  • Length of product: 9.84 in
  • Width of product: 0.71 in
  • Height of product: 1.22 in
  • Blade length: 5.12 in
  • Handle length: 4.53 in
  • Handle width: 0.71 in
  • Blade width: 0.04 in
MIYABI Kaizen II 4.5-inch Pakka Wood Utility Knife Box
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Miyabi Kaizen II 4.5-inch Utility Knife is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 29.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Redesigned Kaizen II is a hit! If you liked the sharpness of the original Kaizen, but found the handle a little foreign, then it might be time to reconsider the Kaizen line. The handle and the bolster were beefed up to provide more feedback with a firm pinch grip. The 49-layers of steel are hand finished to an extremely sharp edge that holds. It has a double Damascus pattern that is stunning. This paring knife/utility knife hybrid is surprising useful. Slice through a sandwich. Supreme an orange. Cut open a mango. Peel a plantain. Nothing stops the glide of this sharp blade.
Date published: 2020-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slightly larger than a paring knife This gorgeous Kaizen II knife is a little larger than a paring knife yet smaller than a standard utility knife making it equally perfect for small cutting tasks like small fruits and peeling as well as slightly larger ones like carrots and celery. The core is made from FC61 steel and you will immediately feel the difference of that razor sharp edge when using this knife. The damascus pattern is created by adding 48 additional layers of steel. The handle is a traditional Japanese D shaped handle but it has been made large and comfortable for either right or left handed people.
Date published: 2020-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this knife and how comfortable it is in my hand. The traditional D-shape is just the right size to feel like it was made for your hand. I can work for hours in the kitchen with this knife. I love the sharpenss which is due to the FC61 steel and the special ice-hardening process. This means, my knife will stay sharper longer, and last for years to come. Perfect size for the small to medium size fruits and vegetables or cutting up meat or poultry for chilis and stews.
Date published: 2020-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great looking Utility This is a really great Japanese Utility knife. The Kaizen II has a beautiful blade with the 48 layers of the durable and sharp FC61 steel that is designed in a flower damascus pattern. The Pakka wood handle feels really smooth in hand, and has a nice roundedness to it. With the Utility knife having the 48 layers of steel, you can really feel how much of a difference that makes when slicing fruits, meat or veggies. A great knife to have in the kitchen.
Date published: 2020-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Blade and Handle The beautiful damascus blade is incredibly sharp true to its Japanese origin. It's made from FC61, a very durable and chip resistant steel. The D-shaped handle is the feature of Japanese knives for generations. It's made from Micarta which is a a linen and resin mixture. It has the look and feel of wood, but the durability of a synthetic material. A great knive for so many tasks from small fruits and vegetables to slicing meats and cheeses.
Date published: 2020-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kaisen ll is one of my favorite Miyabi lines that we produce. I love the shape of the handle, not to mention the beauty of it, and how it fits in the palm of my hand. The Pakkawood design is gorgeous and is largely water-resistant. The blade is extremely sharp due to the FC61 steel and the ice-hardening process, which makes this knife very durable as well. I like this size for working with fruits and vegetables.
Date published: 2020-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the handle shape, Japanese knife! It's my go-to knife, blades deliver scalpel-like sharpness and comfortable D-shape handle. Damascus-design on the blade creates barrier between the food and the steel, prevent food from sticking on the blade. Perfect size cutting and slicing medium food size such as vegetable, meat, fruits and herbs. A perfect gifting idea for a dear friend who loved to cook.
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This knife is a great addition to any knife collection. Can be used for paring and garnishing but also has enough knuckle clearance for mincing, chopping and cubing of small vegetables and fruits. Beautiful knife made from Fine Carbide steel (FC61) with 48 layers of Damascus surrounding the core. Each knife is unique, durable and individually balanced.
Date published: 2020-05-08
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