What Is the Difference Between German Knives and Japanese Knives?


      If you already have USA-made knives, or Japanese knives, and are looking for more knives for your collection, then it’s time to add highly luxurious German knives. German knives are less expensive compared to other countries and are often forged. Most of the German knife set has a Rockwell Hardness ranging from 56-58 with a cutting angle of 14-22°. Without any doubt, German knives are highly durable and packed with excellent strength.


      In this article, we will discuss a detailed difference between the German knife set and the Japanese knife set. So what are you waiting for? Let’s begin with our article!


      German Knives Vs Japanese Knives

      Both Germany and Japan have been recognized worldwide for manufacturing the best knives for generations. The origins and rich history of the forging process of knives are derived from the blade smithing centuries ago. Without any doubt, German knife smiths as well as Japanese knife makers have been influenced by one another. You can see Japanese designs on German knives. German-style knives are also made by well-known manufacturers in Japan. So what is the difference between German and Japanese knives?


      German knives are usually full tang and come with thicker blades compared to their competitor, the Japanese knives. Because of its thick blades, German knives are highly durable. On the other hand, Japanese knives are equipped with a lighter and thinner blade. You can enjoy a seamless experience with a Japanese knife. The knifemakers in Japan also forge into the knife known as the “Sweet Point”. This is important to keep the knife in balance when the chef is using it.


      German knives are equipped with full-tang handles. Full tang means a single piece of metal, used in the blade that runs to the last edge of the knife, the butt. The handle is attached to the tang with the help of metal pins. The metal bolster, metal pins, thick blade, and ergonomic full tang design all contribute to the weight of the knife.


      If we talk about Japanese knives, they are teardrop, oval, and are equipped with a tang that is hidden. This means a single piece of metal that is used in making a blade. In this way, it becomes the handle’s center part. This hidden and tapered design of the tang contributes to another reason for the lightweight Japanese knives.


      German-made knife sets are a combination of both versatility and durability. The profile or silhouette of German knives has more “belly” or “curve” compared to the Japanese knife set. Dicing, Slicing, and chopping are usually done via rocking motion. German knives are usually sharpened between 18-20 degrees.


      German knives are equipped with “Granton Design”. That’s the reason food does not stick to the surface of the blade. Serrated knives, such as utility knives and bread knives are commonly used knives in German knife sets.


      Similarly, Japanese knives have smooth, refined, and shiny blades. Different types of polishes including “Nashiji” and “Migaki” can be applied on blades.

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