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Old 08-03-2006, 09:01 PM   #11
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Both my Henckels Professional S and Chicago Cutlery knives have a full tang. That is, from the tip of the blade to the end of the handle is a single solid piece of steel. Functional rivets fasten the handle pieces onto the tang in both cases. All rivets remain securely fastened.

Perhaps your experience is with lower quality knives.

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Old 08-03-2006, 10:47 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Poppinfresh
OK, look at the handle of the Twin Cuisin knife. See that streak of steel that runs the length of it, with a weight of it at the back of the knife? That's a tang. Tangs are essentially pushed into the handles of the knives. They help with balance and durability. Rivets are just the little circular pieces of metal you see in other knives.

Oftentimes (like with the Pro S series a poster above was talking about) the rivets are just decorative. I'm not a big fan of those either, as I don't like the feel of "cold spots", but that's a personal thing. Knives with functional rivets, however...they don't last as long. The rivets come loose, the handle starts to fall apart, they don't provide proper balance, etc. It's just ugly
As a knife collector, I disagree with you very strongly.

The tang and the blade are opposite ends of the single piece of metal from which the knife is made. The tang is the part of the metal to which the handle is attached. The longer and wider and thicker the tang, the stronger the knife; a "full tang" knife, meaning one with a tang the length and width of the handle, is preferred (you can see the metal around the entire edge of the handle).

The scales, which are the pieces of wood or plastic or other material that cover the tang, can be attached to the knife in any of several ways, but rivets are among the strongest and most durable. They're not merely decorative. Rivetless handles are often just plastic that's molded around a short, narrow tang -- they're cheaper to make and far less durable.

Here's a photo of a good knife blank, in this case a Linder Special Yukon Bowie knife from Germany. Note the holes for the rivets to pass through.

Here's the finished knife, which retails for $185.00:


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Old 08-03-2006, 11:07 PM   #13
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Cool picture and explanation--of a gorgeous knife.
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Old 10-27-2006, 10:18 PM   #14
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Where or what knives can I get that are INEXPENSIVE, and still have quality. It doesn't have to be a wooden handle. I can't afford $200 for one knife.
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Old 10-27-2006, 10:43 PM   #15
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I bought a Henckel's Twin Cermax 8" chef's knife a couple of months ago. I loved the feel of the handle, and I loved the desciption of how wonderful the knife construction is. It is, undeniably, an incredibly sharp knife, and retains its edge well. I do not, however, like the overall performance of the knife. It is, to me, useful only in the same way that my Henckel's Santoku is--that is, for delicate slicing of vegetables. I find that the knife is far too light for my taste, and the lack of a bolster has gained me a few nicks. It is not as agile as I thought it would be. I have tried very hard to like it, but I always reach for my Thiers-Issard Sabatiers, instead. I feel like the guy who pants after the hot babe in the bar when he has his ideal woman waiting at home.

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