The Shotoh knife from the Miyabi Morimoto Edition of the 600-S series fits neatly between the paring knife and the utility knife with a slender point and fine edge well designed for wide paring tasks and delicate piercing work. The Morimoto Edition knife combines a Japanese style of blade with a European handle type, making it a good choice for those accustomed to European cutlery.
Two Iron Chefs influenced the Miyabi product lines. When Zwilling J.A. Henckels of Germany purchased an established Japanese knife company in Seki, Japan in 2004, Henckels sought the help of respected Japanese chefs to design a new type of cutlery combining European and Japanese concepts. While Chef Rokasuburo Michiba refined the professional level series, fusion Chef Masaharu Morimoto created the 600-S series. Morimoto’s knives give western chefs the chance to try Japanese cutlery with familiar European handle styles.
This shotoh or paring knife adds the fine points of a Japanese blade to the sturdy and easily controlled riveted slab handle of an old German design. Entirely forged from one piece of ice-hardened Friodur stainless steel provided by Henckels, the full tang knife includes a solid steel bolster and dark polymer handle grips. The high carbon stainless steel, hardened to Rockwell 57, flexes under stress and holds a razor-sharp edge. Expert Japanese craftsmen put the finishing touches on the blade with a three-step honing process. Owners will find the edge easy to maintain — Friodur steel resets with an ordinary sharpening steel.
The Henckels hollow-ground Kudamono, another Henckels hybrid, includes friction-reducing granton hollows in the blade’s sides.
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