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Japanese knives are the top choice for quality kitchen knives. Be it a multipurpose or a task-specific knife; the Japanese have it. And with such a basket full of options, picking one may not be easy. This guide takes you through what you need to look for when shopping for a Japanese knife. We will look at some of the most common Japanese knife types on the market today. Some essential factors to consider when…

What is 19C27 Steel?Sandvik 19C27 steel is high carbon pure alloy stainless steel manufactured by Sandvik Materials Technology in Sweden. 19C27 is also referred to as Swedish steel. It is popularly used in the Japanese knife-making industry and offers high wear resistance because of its coarse-grained structure.  However, it does not perform very well in various aspects like edge retention and corrosion resistance, so the manufacturer recommends a corrosion-resistant coating on the blades to prevent…

What is MC66 Steel?MC66 steel is a high-end Japanese stainless steel manufactured by Hitachi following the latest Powder Metallurgy technology. MC66 steel name is Zwilling J.A. Henckel’s steel naming of ZDP189 Stainless steel.   MC66 steel contains very high Carbon (3 %) and chromium (20%) in its composition, which gives it excellent corrosion resistance, hardness, wear resistance, and edge retention. MC66 steel is common in most Henckels Santoku and other kitchen knives. It is worth noting…

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