John Gephart asked:

You’ve been looking for a new set of kitchen knives to buy but aren’t sure which set is right for you. You are not alone. Most people are confused when it comes to kitchen cutlery because there are so many options, different styles, and different price tags. How can you know that the set you purchase is going to give you the most bang for your buck?

To simplify the process for you, there are two kinds of knives available. Stamped kitchen knives and forged kitchen knives. Stamped knives are generally much less expensive than forged knives.

Stamped kitchen knives – They are usually made almost exclusively by machine as opposed to hand-crafted. The blades are “stamped” out of a thin piece of steel, just like using a cookie cutter to form cookies out of dough. The blades are then sharpened and finished, then placed into the handle.

Forged kitchen knives – They are made almost exclusively by hand. A piece of steel is heated up until it is very hot, then placed into a die. It is pounded with a hammer to form. The blade is then sharpened, a finish is added and it is set into the handle.

Differences – Forged knives contain a bolster and a tang. A bolster adds support, weight and balance to a knife while a tang is the part of the metal that the handle covers. (Full tangs are best) Stamped knives are usually lighter and thinner. The blades are not quite as sharp and it usually takes more pressure to do the cutting and chopping you are trying to do. The blades do not hold their edge as long.

If you are looking for a spare set, a back up set to one you already have, stamped knives are probably the way to go. They can be well made and are significantly less than forged knives. However, if you are looking to purchase a primary set, forged knives are quality. They are more expensive but you get what you pay for.

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