03 Aug 2016
August 3, 2016

Forged vs. Stamped Cutlery

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Choosing the right type of cutlery for your kitchen can be a daunting task. Before you even get to what types of knives you need, you have to first figure out if you want forged cutlery or stamped cutlery. In the professional cutlery world, there are a plethora of options when it comes to knives — at Gator Chef we’re here to help make sense of those options.

There’s a lot of debate out there about which type of construction is better. Here we’ve laid out the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Forged Knives

Construction: Forged knives are made from a single piece of steel, from the tip of the blade all the way to the bottom of the handle. A high-heated forging process is used to rearrange the steel’s molecular structure and further strengthen the steel.

What this means: This forging process results in a cutting edge that stays sharper longer and is easier to maintain. Less sharpening and maintenance is needed, while the lifespan of the knife remains quite long. 

Advantages:

  • A bolster between the blade and handle creating a center support piece
  • A full tang (complete piece of steel)
  • Thicker/stronger blade
  • Long lifespan

Disadvantages:

  • More expensive than other types of knives due to the forging process

Stamped Knives

Construction: Stamped knives are machine cut from a large strip of steel, almost like a cookie cutter. The blade is sharpened and finished by means of a machine, which allows for a lower price.

What this means: Stamped knives are usually thinner and lighter than forged knives making them less costly.

Advantages:

  • Great when buying in bulk; their low cost makes it easy to buy a lot of these knives when shopping on a budget
  • More flexibility which can be an advantage depending on your needs
  • Still made from the same type of steel, just constructed through a different process

Disadvantages:

  • Due to their thinner make, stamped knives make it harder to keep an edge and often require more sharpening and maintenance than forged knives.
  • Idea: Consider an electric sharpener when buying stamped knives!

Looking for a great knife set at a low price? Gator Chef is offering a variety of kits such as the Acero Knife Kit from Winco. This 7 piece set includes paring, boning, chef, bread, and slicer knives, as well as a diamond steel sharpener for $79.95. Check out what Gator Chef is offering here!

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