The Misono Swedish Steel series features steel from Sandvic Sweden
which is high carbon steel that takes a steep edge and is easy to re-sharpen.
The large knives also come with an attractive engraving that make these knives unique. On the smaller knives up to 210mm the knives come with a flower engraving and on the larger knives over 210mm the knives come with a very interesting and beautiful dragon engraving.
Please note that these are carbon steel blades and they will oxidize over time. This is normal for this type of steel. They will also rust if left wet so dry them after each use. Some users apply a bit of oil to the knife after drying to keep the knife from rusting.
Now for a more in depth review and or recommendation. This knife is in my honest opinion the best bang for a the buck in carbon Knives. They hold a great edge in even pretty harsh professional kitchens. I would venture to say this knife is superior to the much loved Misono UX-10 in virtually every way. Very comparable performance wise. I would also say this knife takes a better edge and holds it. It is also very much easier to sharpen.
The 270mm Length is perfect for working chef or line cook if you have adequate room. If your quarters are cramped the 240 might be a better grab.
The one major con for this knife for alot of people is that the steel used to make the blade is very reactive. It will rust and it will rust fast if not wiped clean after nearly any task. This is one of those knives that you want to establish a patina as you will never maintain a shiny blade in the entire line.
I don’t consider having to keep my knives clean a drawback though as it is a very essential thing to be in the habit of.
So in closing if you were looking for a knife with good fit and finish and excellent performance and can manage to keep your knives clean this may very well be the knife for you. If you can’t keep up with wiping it clean between tasks then go for the UX-10.
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