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What is the difference of Japanese and Western knives?

Before I tried to explain the physical difference between Western and Japanese kitchen knives with below illustration. blade_difference_ja …but I got further question from a friend:

a.Is the difference optically visible?

b.Is the actual sharpness different?

The guy said that he cannot be convinced that Japanese kitchen knives are great without clarifying those. If it cuts, it’s fine! Yeah I agree with it. So here I try to show the difference from my viewpoint. Continue reading What is the difference of Japanese and Western knives?