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Old 01-04-2016, 04:32 PM   #1
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German vs Japanese Knives

Not wanting to start a war, just wondering what you all think of these two style knives?

I'll start by saying I much prefer the German style, I like the heft and weight better than the lighter Japanese knives. I realize that the Japanese use harder steel which holds an edge better but that has never really been an issue for me.

Appreciate all input.

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Old 01-04-2016, 04:36 PM   #2
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I'm partial to German style as well because that's what I'm used to. My uninformed general impression of J knives is That they require more care to keep them in good shape.
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Old 01-04-2016, 05:03 PM   #3
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I'm partial to German style as well because that's what I'm used to. My uninformed general impression of J knives is That they require more care to keep them in good shape.
They do tend to chip easier because they are very hard. Personally I don't mind a little maintenance keeping them shape for what I get in return.
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Old 01-07-2016, 04:41 AM   #4
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I roll all Japanese, all day every day.
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Although I used German style knives for many years, I now prefer the Japanese style blades. They're so extremely sharp I find them to be completely effortless to use. And I've had no more problem with chipping or maintenance than I've had with any other knife.
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Old 01-07-2016, 09:30 AM   #6
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I roll all Japanese, all day every day.
I agree. I have both in my blocks. Japanese cut effortlessly with little pressure needed. Stay sharp longer. No so German steel knives.
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Old 01-07-2016, 05:22 PM   #7
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For everyday use I would go with the German style knife's. Japanese knife's have a different degree of angle and some only have one edge. Also they are left and right handed!

Here is a photo of the honed edge>



And a pic of the back edge.

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