Pros: Unmistakable Miura feel. Very workable, and knife-like out of the rough.

Cons: Righties only, and each iron costs $235 per head. Like all muscleback irons, they’re not forgiving.

Bottom Line: If you’re a blade lover, these are some of the best. But the market can’t be big for a 3-PW iron set that costs $1880. That’s nearly twice the price of new muscleback irons from TaylorMade ($1100) and Titleist ($1000).

Overview

Unlike many golf equipment companies, Miura does not release new product every calendar year. The company has resisted trends such as oversized clubs and casting processes, only bringing new irons to market when they feel that they have created a truly special product. Miura’s use of master craftsmen throughout its small-batch manufacturing processes leads to tighter tolerances, the company says, and better control of important factors such as clubhead balance.

The design of the Miura MB-001 irons was carefully led by Katsuhiro Miura’s eldest son, Yoshitaka, and is the product of years of study and collaboration within the Miura family. The MB-001 is also the first release of a new Miura blade in six years, making it a huge event that the fervent Miura fans have been waiting for.

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Miura new MB-001 (top) and Tournament Blade irons. 

According to the company, the MB-001’s were designed with “intelligent shaping.” The sole’s shape and design was subtly adjusted from successful designs of earlier models to get through the turf more efficiently and keep the face square longer.

Yoshitaka Miura also designed the shape of the MB-001 to look more upright at address to give the player a better view of the ball without having the club look overly long from heel to toe. That allows the MB-001’s to have plenty of face space, yet still look as compact as a blade should.

The MB-001’s are available from authorized Miura dealers and fitters worldwide. They carry a suggested retail price of $235 a club though the prices may vary with different shaft options.

Performance

My initial test with the MB-001’s left me very impressed and at the same time actually surprised. I’ve played several sets of Miura’s for the past 20 years. The feel has pretty much been ingrained in my hands, and I’m usually not left examining the club head after a shot wondering what’s going on.  But the MB-001’s performed differently to me, especially compared to the last two blades offered, the Tournament Blade and Small Blade.

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Miura’s new MB-001 (top) and Small Blade irons. 

Each of those irons at first glance were the prototypical “blade” with no built-in forgiveness. The MB-001’s are far from being game-improvement iron, but they’re a different type of animal from Miura.

The addition of the leading edge grind on the MB-001’s performed very noticeably for me. I’ve never been one that takes very big divots, but I do tend to get steep with my shorter irons.  There have been moments with past blades from Miura — as well as with my current set of CB-501’s — that I found myself digging a bit too much. Many reviews and Miura players that I know have also commented on how Miura’s tend to dig a bit too much. But I haven’t found any problem with digging as of yet after a few months playing the MB-001’s.

I realize some fans of Miura blades may not like the wider soles on the MB-001’s, but with the addition of the leading edge grind the MB-001’s performed with zero clunk. This in my opinion enhances the forgiveness, yet also allows golfers a cleaner feel at impact versus a club with just a thick sole and no leading edge grind.

The MB-001’s performed much more similarly in forgiveness to my CB-501’s than the Tournament Blades, which they more closely resemble.  This was particularly noticeable from the rough and first cuts. Where the CB-501’s offered more forgiveness than the Tournament Blades, the MB001’s played similarly. The MB-001’s were still able to knife through the rough, but they seemed to travel more smoothly through it. If I dare say, although the spec numbers don’t reveal this, the MB-001’s almost played as if there was bounce assisting the shot in the rough. The sole cut and glided through the turf very well. I thought the MB-001’s were also much easier to hit out of the rough than my CB-501’s.

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The soles of Miura’s MB-001 (left) and CB-501 irons. 

The long irons also felt easier to hit than the past Tournament Blades. The sole definitely was a factor in this allowing a bit of error room in shots. Although from address they still could be a bit intimidating looking, the shots produced were superior over the Tournament Blades in trajectory and turf interaction. 

I found the MB-001 short irons — 8 iron through pitching wedge — to be incredible. They made working the ball and flighting it so simple. Where the CB5-01’s take a little more work to do this, the MB-001’s were pretty effortless. It was almost to the point where if I thought the shot in my head, the club head would perform it. I definitely feel that my accuracy has been much greater with the MB-001’s from 165 yards and in versus my CB-501 set. I attribute much of this to the greater ability to work the ball allowing me a much greater amount of shots from those varying distances.

Distance control was great with the MB-001’s throughout the set. I felt the MB-001’s sweet spot seemed a bit more generous than the past Tournament blade on mishits. Although they were still misses, there seemed to be a bit less sting in the hands with them over the Tournament blades.  As anyone who has played muscle back irons knows, that’ a great thing!

Looks and Feel

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Miura’s MB-001 (top) and CB-501 irons. 

Like any other Miura club, the finish is incredible. I absolutely adore the satin silver finish the company applies to its clubs. It screams of a richness that’s evident without even having to look at the brand on the head. The simple logo, brand, model number and no other superfluous stampings and paint fill colors are a class above the competition.

The head looks quite a bit different than past Miura offerings, however. When you examine the sole, you’ll find that it’s much more generous than past blades/muscle backs from Miura. It’s not in a way that looks clunky, but the soles of the MB-001’s are a tad wider than the Tournament Blades, although they are shorter heel to toe. If you’re familiar with Miura sole grinds, the leading edge grind on the MB-001 will quickly catch your eye. It’s very clean, and along with its performance benefits it serves to visually narrows the sole.

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I found the topline and the offset a joy to look at. Miura never ceases to amaze me in how the company can make a club head look so clean regardless of the vantage point. Yoshitaka Miura is said to have designed this head to look more upright to make the head look shorter from heel to toe, and he succeeded at that. Although the MB-001’s share similar dimensions to the CB-501 and the Tournament blade, I prefer the look from address better in the MB-001’s. And I really like that the toe doesn’t point so sharply like the Small Blade.

The transitions between each iron head are seamless as well. The first clubs I look at in any set are the pitching wedge, 8 iron and 7 iron heads, which are impeccably designed. None of the irons heads stood out from each other, which is the goal for any good set of musclebacks.

The MB-001’s muscle shape is also a bit different than the Tournament Blade and Small Blade offering from Miura. It’s a tad thicker, and instead of running straight across the back from heel to toe, it reached a bit deeper towards the sweet spot area.

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The addition of the leading edge grind and the different muscle on the MB-001’s immediately told me prior to hitting it that they would play differently and feel different than the last two blade offerings. Having played the Small Blade and Tournament Blade in the past, I always felt that the Small Blade had a livelier feel over the Tournament Blade. The MB-001 seems to be a great combination of those two heads, with a more forgiving head size that’s similar to the Tournament Blade and a great lively feeling that I got from the Small Blade.

The MB-001’s have an incredible feel — even for a Miura iron — when well struck. It’s a clean and crisp feeling with a distinct click. On mishits, they give golfers immediate feedback in their hands about how they struck it, which is one of the reasons so many of the game’s best ball strikers still choose to play musclebacks.

The Takeaway

Miura again has listened to its players wishes and developed a club that incorporates the greatness of their past clubs with improvements for today’s game. The MB-001’s to me are superior in looks, playability and forgiveness than the company’s past blade/muscleback irons.

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Don’t get confused into thinking that I’m saying these irons are for everyone. The MB-001’s are still blades, and you will still need to be a better-than-average ball striker to use them effectively. I will say though that compared to the Small blade and Tournament blade, the MB001’s are the most forgiving of the three sets without looking like they are game-improvement clubs. The small design additions like the leading edge grind, thicker muscle and slightly wider sole greatly assist on mishits.

The looks are top notch and honestly I think these are the best blades Miura has ever made. Just when I think Miura has done all they could in making a beautiful and incredible feeling club, the company tops itself.

If you’re a blade lover or just want to try a blade for the first time, I highly recommend the Miura MB-001 set to you. The design features, the physical looks and the incredible feel will not only appeal to your golf demands but show you why Miura has always been one of the greatest forging houses in the world.

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Reid's been an avid golfer for more than 40 years. During that time, he's amassed quite a putter collection and has become one of GolfWRX's leading equipment nuts.

Reid tries all the latest equipment in hopes of finding the latest and greatest of them all to add to his bag. He was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii where the courses are green and the golf is great!

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  1. Now that might be a muira I could hit. Love the muira feel and quality but the few that I have tried all dug like crazy for me. I really play better with something that has a blunted leading edge. Might give these a try some day.

  2. PICKED UP MUIRA USED HEADS 50 DOLLARS 5,000 YEN IN JAPAN THEY WERE 12 YRS OLD.SETS WITH SHAFTS START AT AROUND 200 DOLLARS IN USED SHOPS THERE, LATER MODELS 500–700 DOLLARS FEW YEARS OLD.

  3. To the guys questioning why would you play a blade; most cavity back and hallow irons out on the market right now are so incredibly hot that it is almost impossible for me at least to control my distance. I am not a pro in regards to hitting it dead center every time but I can get it within 0.125in. Hitting a blade gives you REAL feedback on your shot and regardless of what everyone tells you, shaping a shot with cavity back irons does not even come close to shaping one with a precise blade shot.

    I am not trying to be smug about this; people who truly want to get better at golf should try to get some blades (you don’t have to buy a new set there are THOUSANDS of nice used ones out there) and really work on your shot. Don’t allow yourself to “dumb down” your game by letting your swing get out of wack using a forgiving but too hot iron set.

  4. Had the 202’s, the 501’s, the tournament blades and the baby blades to say nothing of practically every mizzie iron put out. Have these now for the present season and I will say with pretty much certainty the 001’s are going to stay in the bag. Love ‘em.

  5. I really enjoyed your review of these and I have to ask you your opinion. Since you currently game the 501’s and have had a good amount of time spent with the 001’s, if you were to rebuild your bag would you opt for the 001’s or would you do a combo 001/501 with the leading edge of the 501’s to be the same as the 001’s or another set of 501’s with the leading edge relief to match the 001’s?

  6. Tried the 6 iron head to head with my 501 6 iron at Joel’s golf etc in nc.
    The mb was surprisingly more forgiving and felt so nice. Ordered
    a pw the 7 iron to match with my 501 6 thru 4 iron. Can’t wait.

    • That combo could work and I’ve seen sets made like that at the shop I go to. I’ve also considered it as I’ve got both sets but for the moment my ball strikings been pretty darn great with just the full MB001’s.

  7. I always read articles in the forums about blades being a waste and difficult to hit. I tried one, loved it. Bought a set of titleist CBs because I wimped out and couldn’t take the worst mis hits. Took me about a week to hit them well and then regretted not buying blades instead. Knocked several strokes off my game.

  8. I don’t understAnd why anyone plays “blades” . With other technology today you can get feel/workability of a blade in a forgiving iron such as ap2 or s55. In my opinion there is no reason to play any blades whatsoever

      • I’m with RG. The ONLY club that’s mimicked a blade that wasn’t one is the J40, and there’s an awful long list of wannabe’s. Sorry, but I’ve hit them all, and a flush shot can feel quite similar on many irons, cast or forged, but when you play forged blades you know the difference. The look, the sound, the ball flight – all of it. Since we all play golf for the feeling, not just a number at the end of the round, we gravitate towards the clubs, balls, courses that do this for us.

    • Blades give instant feedback and the workability on these types of sticks is superior. For me it is all about looks and feel. I started playing blades years ago and have not looked back.

      I’m on the other side of the fence on this one, why wouldn’t you play blades :)

    • Because blades are beautiful, and that looks for a lot of people are very important. When you look down on a slim, shiny blade, you know you’ve got the real deal. The feel when striking a blade 2 iron crisp is the best fealing ever. I have played both cast and forged blades, and a pair of forged blades are for me the best. Yes of center hits can hurt, but then improve your game. I play Titleist 690MB and have since 2004. Not changing them any time soon… althouh those Muira does look and sound simply perfect.

      And lastly. How can you even comment on this, if you have never tried blades yourself=?

  9. I never understood why anyone would say why a club digs too much. Why should that matter? If you hit the ball first, there should be no problem. I dont get it. Can someone explain that to me?

    • Because you are creating more backspin on the ball which will make the ball go higher, and lose distance not creating the penetrating flight that every golfer strives for.

      • ive been striving for that penetrating ball flight for years living on the windy shores of lake superior fighting 30mph winds . hitting a 4 iron 190 yards into the teeth of the wind. never found a club that has a low ball flight. even with worn out grooves on 40 year old macgregors. maybe my popeye arms are to blame for that :P being a digger has its “disadvantages”

    • I had the tournament blades…..they needed more bounce for me….the sole was also too narrow. I’m a +1 that is not a digger and my wrists were sore after hitting 20 balls (they dig too much…after the “ball divot effect”)

      • the dude,
        A custom grind can/and maybe should be done to the leading edge of your tournament blades, this would all but eliminate the excessive digging (of course discounting too steep of an attack angle). Enjoy those great works of art called Miura.

  10. Does anyone know if you can by these by the club and if so, does anyone have the short irons in their bags? Carrying the 8 through PW could fit my budget and leave me with my more forgiving AP2’s for the lower irons. I’m that two handicap that plays to a six and when I’m hitting it well thinks he’s a +1.

    • They do, they are called Titleist MB’s. The MB’s are modeled after the Miura and I will tell you I do not miss blades anymore. The way I look at it if they were so good, half the tour would be playing them. They are for those who want the best (maybe in name only), S class Mercedes, 7 series BMW, Italian leather shoes or Charmin toilet paper. I wouldn’t give you 100$ for them because at a 2 handicap I can’t hit them anyway.

      • Ken: If I’m wrong, then I’m wrong… but I’ve always been under the impression that the majority of the PGA players today (do) use blades. At least that’s what I heard Jack say once.

  11. regarding the price: people who play blades can certainly afford it because they probably don’t change clubs more than every other decade, compared to us game improvement hacks who searches for new fixes every season

    • but Taylor Made comes up with something “revolutionary” every 3-6 months? Every club they come out with adds 15 yds to your shots. Im hitting the ball 714 yds off the tee now because I always buy the newest TM product!

    • +1 Ha ha ha. I just scrolled down to pot the same comment.

      Miura make great clubs. As peter said “if there was no equipment sponsorship $’s you would see a lot of this brand on tour.”

  12. Oh, I cringe whenever I see pics of beautiful blades resting atop granite… I would never be able live with myself looking at a mar on the topline for the sake of a photo shoot…

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