Kyocera Revolution review
The Kyocera Revolution series’ 7-inch professional chef’s knife is a knife that is designed to be used on a daily basis and has a razor sharp edge, which will not dull easily despite a steady workload. It handles boneless meats, fruits, herbs, and vegetables without question and the lack of a porous surface allows for a seamless transition between ingredients without a cross contamination of flavors.
But before we praise this knife as the next greatest thing, let’s get into some specifics about the actual blade to see if it’s a good fit for you.
Below, take a look at our interactive table and see how the Kyocera Revolution blade compares to other great chef knives that are on the market:
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Design of the Kyocera Revolution Knife
This knife features a straight 7-inch ceramic blade made of Kyocera’s own Zirconia 206 blend, which is known for its durability and strength. As this blade is ceramic, there will be no change to ingredients’ smell or taste, and when switching between ingredients, a simple wipe will eliminate any potential residue of previous foods. The other advantage with a ceramic blade is that the blade itself will never rust, and the edge on it will stay true far longer than even the most quality high carbon steels.
This size of blade is ideal as your everyday go-to knife, as it is big enough to deal with large chunks of boneless beef, yet fine enough to handle delicate herbs and rough detail work.
One thing to note about this knife is that is a little bit thin. This is both a positive and a negative, as a thinner blade makes finer cuts and is less likely to crush objects and also less likely to catch on things. This does, however, present an issue in that as it is both thin and brittle, the knife can snap fairly easily should too much force be exerted onto the blade.
That means that crushing garlic should be left for a garlic press and not the side of this knife.
Below, please take a moment to view some of the best-selling chef’s knives currently for sale on Amazon:
|1) Victorinox Chef's Knife|
|2) KitchenAid Chef Knife|
|3) Utopia Chef Knife|
|4) Shun Chef’s Knife|
|5) Wusthof Chef’s Knife|
Your Knife Options
The Kyocera Revolution series is a well-known ceramic knife set that caters to the discerning home chef. Like all knife sets, the Revolution series consists of numerous knife designs and sizes. From Paring knives, Santoku knives and even a bread knife, there are many options to create the perfect set.
This chef’s knife comes in three sizes: 6 inches, 7 inches, and 8 inches. As there is not a huge variance in size, there is a more consistent quality achieved while maintaining the ability to find the size that works best for you. All of these blades have a deep belly to allow for finger clearance allowing for smooth, comfortable cutting without dragging your knuckles on the cutting board.
The size does affect the weight of the blade, yet as these are all ultra-light blades, this is not an overly large factor. If you are looking for a heavier blade, ceramic knives may not be for you as they are, in general, about half the weight of a similar knife with a metal blade.
The Kyocera chef’s knife comes in black or white ceramic and unlike most metal knives, this is not just a coating but also the material itself, which means that the color will not change or fade with use or sharpening.
While unavailable for the 7-inch chef’s knife, Kyocera shows how any pattern or color is possible with ceramic knives in their Kyotop series, which features a Damascus steel-like pattern on the blade.
Currently the 7-inch chef’s knife is not available in a set, however the 6-inch is available in either a 3 or 5 piece set.
The handle for the 7 inch chef’s knife is a simple ergonomic black handle with a smooth and flowing design. While not available on the 7 inch chef’s knife, other knives allow for a variety of colors on the handle and even a pink handle option of which a portion of the proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research.
How to Sharpen?
As these blades are ceramic, the first rule is to never use a whetstone or steel on them. They require specialized tools as they are significantly harder than any metal knife, including high carbon steel knives. These tools can be purchased at any kitchen store, yet Kyocera themselves stand behind their knives and offers a lifetime of complementary knife sharpening service.
This may seem like a silly idea on their part as knives need to be sharpened on a regular basis, but this is where ceramic truly shines. Ceramic knives rarely need sharpening. This is commonly said of some regular stainless steel knives and they require sharpening once every 2-3 months. A ceramic knife, particularly with Kyocera’s advanced formula, only needs to be sharpened every 1-2 years, and even then it may not need to be done. It is incredible how long these knives hold an edge without any need for honing.
If, however, you still wish to purchase a sharpener for your ceramic knife set, Kyocera does provide a battery operated sharpener which would be the way to go.
Victorinox Ceramic Knife vs. Kyocera Revolution
Let’d first discuss the blades of both knives.
In comparing the Victorinox’s version of a ceramic chef’s knife to Kyocera’s Revolution 7 inch chef’s knife, the Kyocera has a narrow lead in its ability to handle vegetables and exceeds any and all expectations when it comes to tomato tests. There is really very little difference between these two knives, although the Kyocera’s tip is very rounded, which assists in a fluid rocking motion as opposed to the tip on the Victorinox which is much more pointed and sharp.
Both of these knives use a simple black ergonomic resin handle, although the Kyocera’s handle is higher, enabling it to have greater leverage as well as finger clearance. The Victorinox does have a textured surface, which adds some grip and it also has carved out areas for fingers to allow your hand to know exactly where on the knife your hand should be.
In the end, the Kyocera and Victorinox ceramic knives are very similar. The main difference between the two is price. As the Victorinox is $10-30 more expensive, and the fact the Kyocera offers more finger clearance as well as a lifetime of free sharpening, the Kyocera would be the recommended knife versus the Victorinox.
- Blade Length: 7 inches
- Overall Length: 14.8 inches
- Blade material: Zirconium oxide
- Handle material: Black resin
The Kyocera blade is a beautiful example of what a ceramic knife should be. It is sharp, lightweight, stylish and rust-proof. For those who are looking at getting into ceramic knives, this is definitely a good starting point and the knife itself is fairly easy on the budget.
If the Kyocera is to be in your near future, it would be prudent to look at switching any glass cutting board to a friendlier surface such as wood or even a deep nylon board to prevent any unfortunate incidences with a chipping blade.
In a home setting, the Kyocera will hold up to most tasks, but for tasks such as breaking down carcasses, crushing garlic or deboning a fish, steel would still be your best option.
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