Knife Test

A knife test can take many forms, from simply cutting paper to the extreme chopping, rope-cutting, bending and other tests conducted by the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) on the knives of applicants for the rating of ABS journeyman smith and master smith. As with any test in any scientific method, specific testing methods in equal doses should be employed for whatever category of knife is in question. For instance, if it is a kitchen knife, all the tests should pertain to kitchen knife use, and each kitchen knife tested should undergo the same tests (within reason). In this way, if need be, the knives can be graded in each test and the results can be compared to determine how one knife performs in relation to another.

Want to submit your knife to BLADE for testing? E-mail Joe.Kertzman@fwmedia.com with your information.

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