This 7-Piece Block Set from Miyabi includes four good knives from the Morimoto Edition of Miyabi’s 600-S series. Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto contributed design ideas to this product line, helping this Japanese branch of J.A. Henckels Cutlery create a set of Japanese blade styles fitted with European handles.
Each of the knives is made from one piece of Friodur ice-hardened high carbon stainless steel provided by Zwilling J.A. Henckels. Hot forging forms the blade, the solid steel bolster, and the full tang of the handle. Black polymer slabs riveted to the tang provide a comfortable European-style grip. If you’re interested in Japanese knives but don’t want to invest in an entirely new sharpening system or adapt to a traditional Japanese handle, the Miyabi 600-S knives could be exactly what you need.
The chef’s knife, vegetable knife, paring knife and santoku all receive the traditional Japanese finishing touches — a three-phase honing procedure which creates an extremely sharp polished cutting edge. Since the knives are hardened only to Rockwell 57, the honing steel included in the set takes care of most edge maintenance. Blades are flexible and durable as well as easy to sharpen. Miyabi also includes a pair of stainless steel kitchen shears.
Each tool slips into one of the ten slots built into the laminated bamboo knife storage block. That leaves plenty of room for knives you already own, or for adding more good knives to this sensible starting selection.
For a top quality block set in a truly Japanese pattern, see the Shun Elite 9 Knife Block Set.
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