MIYABI Kaizen II 8-inch, Chef's Knife

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Miyabi Kaizen II 8-inch Chef's Knife is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 138.
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MIYABI moves one step closer to perfection with Kaizen II – Japanese for “improvement” or "change for the better." The Kaizen II collection boasts traditional Japanese craftsmanship combined with the best hardening technology and beautiful modern design. The core, forged from resilient FC61 super steel, is protected by a stunning 48 layers of stainless steel. And Miyabi Kaizen II knives are as beautiful as they are functional. The blades’ gorgeous flower Damascus pattern is dramatically darkened through acid dipping. The double FRIODUR® ice-hardened blade makes for improved corrosion resistance and astonishing durability. Artisans hand-hone the blades using the venerable four-step Honbazuke method. This fine attention to detail translates into a work of art that is the ultimate in precision cutting. The blade is balanced by a substantial D-shaped handle made of black pakkawood. Effortless to hold, the classic Japanese “D”-shape handle offers a comfortable grip for stress-free cutting. This striking handle truly matches the caliber of the blade. Handcrafted in Seki, Japan, a city renowned for its highest quality cutlery production.

  • 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. 34681-203
  • 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: 0.44 lbs
  • Length of product: 13.46 in
  • Width of product: 0.98 in
  • Height of product: 2.01 in
  • Blade length: 7.87 in
  • Handle length: 5.39 in
  • Handle width: 0.98 in
  • Blade width: 0.08 in
MIYABI Kaizen II 8-inch, Chef's Knife
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The city of Seki has been the Japanese center for forging since the 14th century – anyone who produces knives here understands their craftsmanship: Just like MIYABI, because German engineering meets Japanese craftsmanship here. Knives with perfect sharpness, precise cutting, and long durability are created in 42 days and 100 steps. Their design is reminiscent of traditional Samurai swords. Let yourself be taken to the world of Japanese knives!

Miyabi Kaizen II 8-inch Chef's Knife is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 138.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Knife Everything about this product shows its attention to detail, from the excellent craftsmanship of the handle, to the beautiful blade, and even the package it is in. The blade comes out razor sharp, and once you use the knife for a few hours, it the thought into the grip for the ergonomics and control really come forth. Despite it not being flagship of this brand, the thought and execution of this product is most satisfactory, and I personally enjoy the use of this knife now and for the foreseeable future. (That is until I upgrade this chefs knife for another one of their products)
Date published: 2021-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New kind of toughness Japanese knives have always been known to be incredibly sharp. Anyone that has owned one knows that sharpness sometimes comes with a price; they are prone to chipping. This is due to the fact that what makes them so sharp is a thinner blade and a very thin edge. Kaizen II has conquered that problem with a new type of steel, FC61. It is extremely durable and very chip resistant. Guytoh (ya know you're getting an authentic Japanese knife) or Chef knife can be the work horse in your kitchen. Chopping veggies or slicing meat, it can handle most tasks with ease. Aside from being a work horse, it's incredibly beautiful with the damascus design. The D shaped handle, again true to Japanese heritage, fits nicely in the palm of your hand.
Date published: 2020-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overall a great knife I am just a beginner chef and this is my first "real" knife, but of all the knives I have held or tried this one has spoke to me the most. First of all, it's a beautiful knife and I really love the way the blade and handle look. The grip feels really good in the hand and the balance is fantastic. Additionally, I really like the shape of the bolster, it's great for both a pinch grip and a pointed finger grip. The real selling point for me was the slight curve of the blade, I liked it better than some of the other flatter options. Overall, this is a great all purpose knife, especially for the price, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a first knife or expanding their collection.
Date published: 2021-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! And comparison with Kaizen Just got this a couple of days ago and am loving it so far. I actually couldn't decide between this and the original Kaizen, and actually got the Kaizen first. However, beautiful as it was, I just couldn't get used to the super smooth and smaller handle on the Kaizen, esp. coming from a 4 star which I've been using for about 25-30 years now. Yes, it was beautifully made and finished, but it just felt like I couldn't get a firm grip. I ended up returning the I and getting a II Now, on to the Kaizen II vs I comparison. It's really such a different knife from the Kaizen that I don't know why Miyabi/Zwilling just decided to slap a "II" onto the Kaizen. You can get all the spec diffs from the website, but here are my observations from having handled both: - The steel and damascus color and pattern are totally different. The Kaizen II has almost 2 different steel colors forming the pattern, a matt gray and silver contrast, which makes the damascus very "unsubtle", and more unique. The Kaizen has a more traditional all shiny silver pattern, just like any other damascus out there. The website photos are quite accurate. - The handle on the II is much beefier all round than the I, and has a slight belly. Also, the pakkawood has more of a satin finish, compared with a super smooth shiny finish on the micarta on the I. These 2 factors for me made the II a much more comfortable knife to hold. Yes, the I has one more ring of red near the bolster, but that is purely an aesthetic, not functional thing. - The blade on the II is just a smidge taller, at about 1 15/16" at the heel, vs. about 1 3/4" for the I. - The balance point of both knives are about the same, right at the bolster. Overall, I'm much happier with the II than the I. It's a lot lighter than my 4 star Zwilling 8" chefs, so will probably take a bit of getting used to, but so far, am really liking it.
Date published: 2020-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good This is my first Japanese style knife. It definitely feels different than its German counterparts and it's taking me some time to feel like it's as "sharp." I'm sure it is but I'm having a bit more difficulty cutting than I normally would (likely because of the different weight). Otherwise, it looks great and I'll either get used to it the way it is or need to sharpen it. I have noticed that the Damascus is developing some cosmetic blemishes (lines after washing with a gentle sponge, drying, and storing in a blade guard) but that shouldn't impact performance.
Date published: 2020-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The 8" chef is one of, if not the most used in the kitchen. Because of this fact you will want a chef knife that you feel comfortable with both in size and in the feel of it in your hand. The 8" is the pefect size for most people and the traditional D-shape handle on this line, feels like it was made especially for you. This means that you can work in the kitchen and not get fatigued in your hands. The FC61 steel plus the special ice-hardening makes these knives very sharp and ensures they will retain their sharpness.
Date published: 2020-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Updated Kaizen II is a home run 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 gyutoh (Western style chef's) blade shape has a sweeping arc for ease of use when making julienne, or chiffonade slices.
Date published: 2020-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes cooking much easier I have needed a new chefs knife for quite a while. I had read great reviews about this knife and decided to take the plunge. I'm glad I did because it has improved my cooking experience and meals. The knife is very sharp and nicely weighted. The handle fits well in my hand and I am able to finely dice even the toughest of veggies. The look of the knife is beautiful with the shiny waves of steel. Best purchase that I have made in a long time.
Date published: 2021-02-19
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Is this knife for both L and R hand?

Asked by: mary83
Thank you for contacting Zwilling Miyabi! Yes, our Fine Edge Blade Knives are double beveled, and the Handle is ambidextrous. Which can be easily used by left and right-handed Consumers. Thank you! Regards, Zwilling Miyabi
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2021-07-19

Is it a double beveled knife? 

Asked by: Shaun123
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2021-03-04

Can you use the miyabi sharpner or do you have to use whetstones to sharpen this knife?

Asked by: Chris P
You can use any Miyabi brand handheld sharpener or stone with this knife.
Answered by: ZWILLING
Date published: 2020-10-19
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