In most commercial knives, the blade
is constructed by stamping the shape out of a giant
coil of steel with a hydraulic press, much like a
cookie cutter stamps shapes out of dough. The blade
is then refined, tempered, ground, polished and honed
A few commercial knife companies- mostly in Europe-
use a hot, dropforge process to construct blades.
In this method white-hot steel is held on an anvil
while an immense mechanical hammer called a drop forge
pounds the rough slabs of metal into the proper thickness
for blades. It is then hardened, tempered and ground.
Companies that employ it to produce a finer grain
and more orderly molecular structure in the steel
and more strength.
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When a blade is formed for a fixed blade knife, it
includes a metal extension in the general shape of
a handle. This extension is called a tang. Handle
material is attached to this extension. If the tang
extends to the end of the handle, the knife is said
to have a full tang. If it extends only halfway, it
is a half tang. These are frequently visible on both
the top and bottom of the handle. Some tangs are trimmed
and extended through the length of the handle, but
not the width. These are called partial tangs.
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