Kyocera Revolution Series 5-Inch Micro Serrated Utility Knife, Black Blade
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- Unrelenting Sharpness, Kyocera's ceramics hardness advantage translates into a rock like edge that will not roll like steel blades. The result is a razor sharp blade that retains its original sharpness 10 times longer than steel knifes.
- Unparalleled Purity. Ceramic is a pure and healthy alternative. Unlike steel blades, ceramic blades will never rust or change from its natural state. It is totally impervious to acids, juices, oils, salts, or other elements. As a result, it will never alter the taste, smell, or appearance of food.
- Ultra Lightweight. Kyocera ceramic cutlery is typically half the weight of an equivalent steak knife. Since the ceramic blade is so light, no artificial weight is added to the handle. This creates and extremely balanced, lightweight tool, reducing fatigue during long repetive cutting tasks.
- Easy maintenance. Ceramic does not absorb food elements, allowing just a quick rinse and wipe with a kitchen towel. Hand wash or dry with kitchen towel.
- Quick rinse and wipe clean
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Color Name: Black
Kyocera Revolution Series new advanced ceramic with a deeper blade and redesigned handle for precise control. The 5 inch micro serrated utility blade slices paper thin slivers of tomatoes, fruits, and vegetables. Sleek grounded, polished blade in white. The fine ceramic knife leaves no metallic taste or odor and helps to maintain the freshness of fruit and vegetables.
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A cleaver is a heavy butcher's tool made for hacking, more of a hatchet than a knife. This is a Chinese-style all purpose knife. In some Chinese kitchens, this may be the only knife you find. It is made for cutting vegetables and meat without bones. That is all it is made for except that the wide blade makes it easy to scoop up whatever it is that you have just rent into little pieces.
This one is ceramic. It is very sharp. It will stay very sharp for years if not mistreated. The blade is a bit narrower than most steel Chinese knives but plenty wide enough to scrape up your garlic and celery. Cut only on a wooden or plastic block. Do not hack or pry. Do not try to resharpen it yourself. Pack it back to Kyocera and they'll put a new edge on it and get it back to you quickly at no charge.
One other thing. Do not try to crush garlic by laying the blade over a clove and smacking it with the heel of your hand. You are likely to end up with a broken blade and shards of very hard ceramic embedded in your flesh. It is much tougher than glass but if you think of it as glass you'll take better care of it.
This truly is a superb knife. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine. Good cooking to you!
Completely without reservation or hesitation, I would enthusiastically recommend the Kyocera Revolution Nakiri knife to a friend, and give it as a gift. I would most certainly buy another Kyocera Revolution Nakiri knife again.
* INSANELY SHARP! This knife is way, way, way, way sharper than any razor-blade or Exacto knife I ever used. The finest steel knife is as sharp as a bowling ball compared to this knife. The edge of this knife covers the entire length of the blade, unlike most knives.
* Extremely durable. I used this knife frequently and regularly for over 5 years, it has never been sharpened after it left the factory, and it still effortlessly slices through tomatoes, meat, and more like warm butter. The plastic handle will never loosen, separate, or warp like wood handles do.
* Excellent ergonomics. The handle is PERFECTLY molded to fit in the hand with fantastic comfort. Even when wet, this knife handle will not slip in one's hand. Also, this knife is very well balanced. So, using this knife is very easy and feels very natural to one's hand.
* Very easy and quick to clean by hand. After cutting most items, only a simple rinse in water is necessary for cleaning.
* Sanitary. Since the entire knife is non-porous, it is completely incapable of absorbing any mold, virus, or bacteria. Knives with wood handles have gaps where bacteria and mold can get trapped between the rivets and the handle, or the tang and the handle, or in the wood. The handle of the Kyocera Revolution Nakiri knife is molded over the tang of the knife and no rivets are used, so there are no gaps where bacteria, mold, and viruses can collect. The non-porous plastic handle of this knife will not absorb bacterial, mold, or viruses like wood does. This knife literally can never rust.
* Food cut with this knife tastes better. This knife can not absorb smells or odors, so it can not transfer smells or odors from one food to another - even onions and garlic. Steel knives react chemically with some foods, which can alter their flavor. The ceramic blade of this knife does not react chemically with food, so foods cut with this knife retain their proper flavor.
* Multifunctional. In addition to acting as a blade, the design of the tall knife blade combined with the extremely straight cutting edge enables it to be used conveniently as a spatula to transfer cut items to another location, like a bowl.
* Fast drying. Water barely sticks to the ceramic blade, so water evaporates from the blade faster than it would from steel. This handy characteristic saves time for people who wash the blade before they begin cutting the next different food.
* Complimentary lifetime sharpening. Kyocera will sharpen this knife for free (not counting the USD$10.00 required for shipping the sharpened knife back to the customer) for the lifetime of the purchaser. This is good because the special skills and equipment required to sharpen this knife are not available outside a factory that creates ceramic sharp edges.
* Somewhat fragile. This knife can shatter like a sheet of glass if dropped on a hard surface, so extra care is prudent when handling this knife. This knife can not be used to cut bones, as doing so will likely damage the knife.
* Some people might feel that not being able to sharpen this knife by one's self to be a con. I disagree, because the knife only very, very infrequently needs sharpening.
* This knife makes and excellent gift. For years It improves safety for someone new to cooking with its extremely sharp, very durable edge by preventing slipping accidents caused by a dull blade. An experienced or professional chef will also appreciate the very fine quality and balance in one's hand.
You probably also know the disadvantages of ceramic knives. Unlike steel knives ceramic knives can chip or break so you want to avoid dropping them, tossing them in a sink or kitchen drawer, or arguably even washing them in a dishwasher. (Most ceramic knives come in fitted plastic packing material that can be saved, or you can store them in something like this Kyocera Bamboo 3-Slot Knife Block.) If you actually succeed in dulling a ceramic knife, it will need to be professionally sharpened, though Kyocera has come out with a sharpener for home use: Kyocera Electric Diamond Knife Sharpener for Kyocera Ceramic Knives. Unlike steel knives ceramic knives cannot flex without breaking so there can be no such thing as a ceramic boning knife, and you only want to use ceramic knives to cut boneless meats. Finally, although using a proper cutting board is a good idea with fine steel knives, it is an absolute requirement with ceramic knives; using a ceramic knife to cut something on a plate is an absolute no-no.
So the only remaining question is whether to go cheap: Harbor Freight Tools Ceramic 3 Inch Paring Knife or expensive: Kyocera Revolution Series Ceramic 3 1/7 Inch Paring Knife Black Handle, Black Blade, and due to the fortuitous timing of a couple of good sales I can offer an opinion.
Blade: The Harbor Freight blade is double bevel ground while the Kyocera Revolution blade is chisel ground. Along with Kyocera's claims that its micro-grain ceramic is more dense than its competitors, this should result in a sharper blade, but any difference was too subtle for me to detect. Both knives will be MUCH sharper than any steel knife you are used to, cutting through citrus rinds (and even seeds!) like butter.
Handle: Both the Harbor Freight and Kyocera Revolution have superficially similar ergonomic handles, but I noted a couple of significant differences. In the Harbor Freight the finger guard is part of the handle while in the Kyocera Revolution it is part of the blade. Surprisingly, I found the Kyocera Revolution handle a bit slippery, which in light of the consequences of dropping it is significant. The tackier surface of the Harbor Freight handle provided me with a surer grip.
Color: The Kyocera Revolution paring knife is also available with a white blade in six handle colors:
Kyocera Revolution Series Ceramic 3 1/7 Inch Paring Knife Black Handle,
Kyocera Revolution Series Ceramic 3 1/7 Inch Paring Knife Blue Handle,
Kyocera Revolution Series Ceramic 3 1/7 Inch Paring Knife Green Handle,
Kyocera Revolution Series Ceramic 3 1/7 Inch Paring Knife Orange Handle,
Kyocera Revolution Series Ceramic 3 1/7 Inch Paring Knife Red Handle,
Kyocera Revolution Series Ceramic 3 1/7 Inch Paring Knife Yellow Handle;
the Harbor Freight paring knife is available in any handle color,...
as long as it is black.
Sharpening: If you manage to dull your Kyocera Revolution knife, Kyocera will sharpen it in return for shipping and handling; if you manage to dull your Harbor Freight knife, you are on your own.
Price: This obviously varies but in most cases you can expect to pay between twice as much and four times as much for the Kyocera Revolution paring knife as for the Harbor Freight paring knife.
Note: An inexpensive Kyocera Ceramic Y Peeler in all of the matching handle colors, is also available.