Recommended for Either a Beginner or Junior Chef
Misono’s Swedish Carbon Steel series sports a blade crafted out of premium high-carbon Swedish steel. High-carbon steel is a very popular blade steel often used both in professional and home kitchens. Misono’s Swedish Carbon Steel has an HRC (hardness) of around 58, which is easy to re-sharpen and has a good edge retention. Each knife in this series comes with a waterproof-resin impregnated black pakkawood handle that is embedded with a high-carbon steel bolster.
Why Swedish steel? In Sweden, iron ore, that ore that is used to make steel, runs very rich, and so for many centuries metalworkers in Sweden worked to cultivate the ore and develop many metals with it, including steel for tools such as kitchen knives. This long-standing tradition of working with iron coupled with their naturally rich iron ore deposits is what gave Sweden its reputation for crafting high-quality steel knives.
Recommendation: These knives are great for beginner/intermediate home and professional cooks looking for a solid high-carbon slicing knife for an affordable price. This knife however rusts if not treated properly and requires knife maintenance knowledge; this knife can be sharpened with honing steels/other sharpeners, but we always recommend whetstones.