If you are looking to buy a high-quality knife, one of the first choices you will have to make is deciding between a Japanese knife or a European, or being more specific German, knife. It can be quite confusing especially when you start coming across terms such as Gyuto, Santoku, Bunka, and Nakiri. It can all get a bit too much! While there are lots of other types of knives out there, we can safely say that Japanese and German knives are the most prevalent type of high-end knives we come across here at Knife Sharp.
One thing to note is that if you are looking for a Japanese knife sharpening service you have come to the right place as Knife Sharp can sharpen and repair all styles of Japanese knives, including single bevel blades. We have a vast amount of experience in looking after Japanese knives. Take a look at our professional knife sharpening and repair service for more details.
Nowadays if you are buying a knife from a reputable manufacturer such as Global you can’t really go wrong with either type of knife, however, one style of knife may be better suited to you depending on what you are looking to use it for, or your preferences. Let’s take a look at the main differences between the two…
Japanese Knife Specs
European (German) Knife Specs
As you can see some significant difference do exist, but in terms of choosing the right knife for you, it very much depends on your personal preferences and what you are using the knife for. Like a nice weighty knife? Go for a European one. Looking to do precise fine slicing? A Japanese knife is where it's at. Don’t want to be worried about chipping the knife in everyday use? The European knife will take a lot more abuse.
Overall, unless you have specific needs or a strong preference to one style over another, it's not that important which style you go for. The differences between the two are getting smaller as manufacturers are blending the qualities of the two blades into hybrid knives that offer the best of both worlds. So our advice for most people is pick what you like best!
Remember our professional knife sharpening and repair service covers both Japanese knife sharpening and European knife sharpening so whatever option you go for we can look after your knives for you.
This is a question we get asked a lot here at Knife Sharp, and the simple answer is ‘when they are dull’! However, how long it takes for them to get dull is very much ‘how long is a piece of string’ type of question. But for general at home kitchen use we always recommend sharpening...