Miyabi lists the 5000S Gyutoh 8-Inch Chef’s Knife among their double-beveled blades, so don’t look for the famous asymmetrical edge here. This is a standard chef’s knife made with German steel. You’ll find Japanese styling and Japanese craftsmanship as well as better cutting ability.
In the 5000S product line from Miyabi, Henckels provides the German high carbon stainless steel — the same alloy used in Henckels Twin knives. Hardened to Rockwell 57, the blade of this knife shows good edge-holding ability and enough flexibility to hold up to hard use without snapping. The thin blade resets easily with a standard honing steel.
Strong stainless steel end cap and bolster accent the tapered Japanese-style Dyurakon resin handle. This ebony black material holds up to the extremes of moisture and temperature found in the kitchen and has a non-slip texture for working safely even in messy conditions.
The Miyabi 5000S series, including this gyutoh or chef’s knife, resulted from a collaboration between Zwilling J.A. Henckels company and a Japanese expert — Iron Chef Rokusaburo Michiba. With German steel and Japanese styling, the 5000S Gyutoh certainly brings a new look to this old European style and slightly improves the performance. Production standards set by Henckels guarantee familiar German quality. Each Miyabi knife is manufactured by Japanese craftsmen in Seki, Japan, once the center of Japanese sword-making and now the cutlery capital of Japan.
See the Petty Petit Gyuko by Kitasho for a high quality chef’s knife by another famous Japanese cutler from Seki City.
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