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Old 10-31-2006, 12:56 AM   #1
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Knife Length

If a knife says *12" chef knife* .. Is the the 12" in the metal or the whole length of the knife?

I could get the measuring tape out measure this, but I thought others would benefit from the answer.

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Old 10-31-2006, 05:26 AM   #2
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12" of blade.

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Old 10-31-2006, 06:43 AM   #3
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Just got my knives sharpened at Sur La Table and it is as bullseye says--measured from where the tang enters the handle.
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Old 10-31-2006, 08:55 AM   #4
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Yep--the length is the length of the blade. However, many German-style knives have blade shapes that are slanted forward from the handle, and many French-style knife blades are swept backward from the handle. So the position of your hand relative to the knife blade varies, and 12" of blade on one knife won't feel the same as 12" of blade on another knife. (Not your question, but something to think about when you are knife-shopping.)
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