Forged blade or cut blade: How to choose?

That's it, you've decided! It's time to equip your kitchen with dignity and get yourself a knife that knows how to pay tribute to the beautiful products you love to cook.

So you are about to buy your first chef's knife. You are well informed. You've been gleaning information from the internet for weeks. You find one that perfectly meets your criteria. You are going to add it to your cart. When suddenly your eye is caught by an unknown piece of information: “Chef's knife with forged blade”. What does it mean ? What are the options? That's too technical for you! That's it ? Is this already the end of this beautiful project?

Do not panic ! Forged blade or cut blade. We will explain everything to you. It must be said that these two approaches to making a knife have particularities that make them quite different knives. Investigation !

Forged blade and cut blade

Before looking into the differences between a forged blade and a cut blade, it is important to know what these two blades are and what are the production processes of such knives.

What is a forged blade?

With all due respect to the lord of Mordor... it's not just the rings that are forged from steel. Knives too. And here, we are even talking about a raw steel bar which serves as the basis for making the knife in its entirety. This can then be:

  • Hot forged at over 1000 degrees
  • Or hot with an additional step, upsetting, for knives with an imposing bolster

At Atma we have chosen a forged blade for our Ultimate Chef's Knife . It must be said that forged blades are often stronger and more durable.

What is a cut blade?

The so-called “cut” blades are, in fact, cut from a steel plate. They can be obtained via:

  • A cold cut, made using a cookie cutter which allows the parts to be drawn in the metal plate. It is a method widely used for mass production because it is not very expensive compared to other methods of producing forged and cut blades.
  • A laser cut made from an industrial drawing on a sheet of steel.

Now, we see more clearly on the cut blades and the forged blades. But what really differentiates these two types of blades?

What type of blade do you prefer?

The production of these knives will create real differences in nature between forged blades and cut blades. Differences that will allow you to choose between these two types of knives. Here they are :

  • Durability: A forged blade will be heavier, stronger and more durable than a cut blade. However, it will require more work.
  • Aesthetics: From an aesthetic point of view, a forged knife will not have the same appearance as a carved knife. The first will have more volume at the bolster and full tang than the second.
  • Price: Economically, there too, there is no photo. The cut knife requiring less work, and generally consuming less material than the forged knife, it is cheaper to buy.


So to make your choice between these two types of blades, you must clarify your expectations and your budget. For a better quality, but more expensive knife, look to premium forged blades like this one from Atma. If you prefer to pay less, but have a less resistant first price knife, the cut blades are at your disposal. Forged blades are thus likely to accompany a cook all his life if they are sufficiently maintained , which will probably not be the case with a cut knife.

You are well armed. There is no more.

To your blades. Ready ? Cook!

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