MIYABI Kaizen II 9.5-inch, Bread Knife


Traditional Japanese craftsmanship combined with modern engineering and design

  • Handcrafted in Seki, Japan
  • Double ice-hardened blade for superior corrosion resistance
  • Comfortable D-shaped black Pakkawood handle
Miyabi Kaizen II 9.5-inch Bread Knife is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 40.
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The 9.5-inch bread knife will cut cleanly through bread, tomatoes, or anything else that’s tough on the outside, soft on the inside, all while minimizing tearing and crumbs. Effortlessly slice through a crusty loaf of sourdough and make neat cubes of ciabatta with this long, serrated blade.

MIYABI moves one step closer to perfection with Kaizen II – Japanese for “improvement” or "change for the better." Handcrafted in Seki, Japan, a city renowned for the highest quality cutlery production, 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.

  • Revolutionary FC61 steel core features fine carbide distribution and is protected by a durable 48 layers of damast steel
  • Fine carbide distribution creates a razor-sharp and durable blade with a 61 Rockwell hardness
  • Double ice-hardened FRIODUR® blade offers remarkable durability and cutting edge retention
  • Blade is hand-honed using the historic Honbazuke method to an exceptionally sharp 9.5 to 12°
  • Authentic, thin Japanese blade profile
  • Ergonomic handle is made of black Pakkawood and stylishly stamped with a mosaic pin. End cap features the MIYABI logo.
  • Stylish, strong handle features an improved thicker and rounded bolster for increased comfort and balance.
  • Handcrafted in Seki, Japan


  • Item no. 34686-243
  • Color: black matte
  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Substance: FC61
  • Type of handle: concealed tang
  • Type of edge: serrated edge
  • Edge finishing: Honbazuke edge
  • Manufacturing method: welded
  • Blade hardness (HRC): 60-62 HRC
  • Colour handle: black matte
  • Substance handle: pakka Wood
  • Net weight: 0.41 lbs
  • Length of product: 14.69 in
  • Width of product: 0.94 in
  • Height of product: 1.57 in
  • Blade length: 9.45 in
MIYABI Kaizen II 9.5-inch, Bread Knife
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Miyabi Kaizen II 9.5-inch Bread Knife is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 40.
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 serrated bread knife holds its sharpness. Use it for bread, heirloom tomatoes, even ripe peaches and pears. You will love it. (Also very good at cutting through grinders, hoagies and subs.)
Date published: 2020-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chip resistant steel Kaizen II is made from FC61, an extrememly chip resistant steel. That is especially important with the thin blade and thin edge angle of Japanese knives. It's a true Japanese knife with a beautiful Damascus design and D shaped handle. The handle is made from Micarta which is a linen and resin mixture that looks and feels like wood but has the moisture resistance and durability of a synthetic material. This is a great bread knife because it will slice cleanly through a hard loaf of bread without tearing. It's also great for slicing and large melons.
Date published: 2020-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the handle, it is comfortable! One great bread knife, comfortable D-shaped Pakka wood handle, I've enjoyed fit and finish of this knife. It is not by surprised that this knife is versatile, great for leafy vegetables and cuts through meats, breads, bagel, and baguette effortless. It is fabricated from FC61 fine carbide steel blade core, its 48 layers of steel surrounding the core create the beautiful Damascus-design ensures durability. FRIODUR ice-hardened for extreme hardness with rockwell hardness of approximately 61. Symmetrical cutting edge
Date published: 2020-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a beautiful line and if you are buying your knives in the collection individually, you need a bread knife. It is one of the often used knives in my household and I since I serve bread with every meal at the table, I want a great bread knife to put out as well. The serration on this is fantastic and glides through your artisan breads like butter! Some serrations tear the bread, which makes a huge mess, but the serration on this kinife is sharp and perfect. Cuts a perfect slice every time.
Date published: 2020-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kaizen knives are made with a core of FC61 steel so they retain their sharp cutting edge longer than other knives. This serrated edge bread knife will provide a lifetime of effortless slicing. The serration is designed to cut through the crusty exterior and then proceed through without tearing the softer interior. It has a gorgeous damascus pattern created by applying 48 additional layers of steel to the core. The traditional Japanese handle has a comfortable curved feel in your hand.
Date published: 2020-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Miyabi knives are quality-driven knives and the Kaizen II series is stunning with the Damascus design and black pakkawood handle. With the 48 layers of steel plus the core, it adds up to one beautiful knife, that is sharp, durable and will not rust. Use this serrated knife for unsliced loaves of bread, rolls, sandwiches that need cut, or your summer tomatoes. Ice-hardened, so you can feel the quality and strength of the steel.
Date published: 2020-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful bread knife This is a really great Japanese bread knife. The Kaizen II has a beautiful blade with the 48 layers of the FC61 steel designed in a flower damascus pattern. The Micarta wood handle feels really smooth in hand, and has a nice roundedness to it. With the bread knife having the 48 layers of steel, you can really feel how much of a difference that makes when slicing bread, meat or produce. A great knife to have in the kitchen.
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No squishing !!! High end, made from scratch by hand! This is a super steel,super sharp. The design of this blade will cut through foods that have a harder exterior and softer interior. This blade will not shred or tear the softer insides. As you would expect from a Miyabi,Every detail is considered. All edges are rounded and flush!. The 32 layers of damascus protect the steel as well as add beauty! Amazing knife at a great price!
Date published: 2020-04-20
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