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Part 5:
Forged vs Stamped Knives

Forged vs Stamped Knives

Every piece of commercial cutlery is constructed using one of two methods, forging or stamping.

Choosing Between Forged or Stamped Knives

Forged Knives

Forging is a steel shaping method that has been used for hundreds of years. The process begins with a metal bar, also called a billet or blank. The bar is heated to near melting point and hammered into the desired shape. Modern forges use a hydraulic hammer press to pound the steel into a die or mold. Once shaped the knife goes through up to 40 additional steps to create the final product.


  • More expensive than stamped knives
  • Blade is thicker and heavier than stamped
  • Has a bolster between the heel and handle
  • Considered superior in both strength and balance

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Forged Knives

Stamped Knives

Stamped knives are created by passing a steel sheet under a hydraulic press. The press cuts the desired shape out of the metal, similar to how a cookie cutter cuts shapes in dough.


  • Do not have a bolster
  • Less expensive than forged knives
  • Blades are thinner and lighter than forged
  • Full tang blades tend to be poorly balanced

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Stamped Knives

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