Stwang wrote:Are these stamped or forged?
These are apparently injection molded, but "stamped or forged" has nothing to do with the quality of knives.
Decades ago, when the only good knives available were forged and all the cheap ones were stamped out of cheap steel, it may have been a useful rule of thumb.
These days, though, you can get cheap forged knives and amazing stamped/cut knives, so it's only a useful phrase for people selling expensive German knives.
Global and Shun knives, for example, are cut out of sheet steel, not forged. It's the steel and the tempering that makes the knife, not how it's formed.
P.S. "Full tang" is also a bogus marketing pitch. Yes, cheap knives that aren't full tang can fall apart, but great ones don't, and you can buy worthless full-tang, forged knives for under $20.