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Is knife balance important to you?

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Is knife balance important to you?

Eiron | Feb 7, 2011 06:09 PM

One of the main things I like about my knife is the balance. I noticed it immediately when I first picked it up in the store. The other things I like about it are its lightness (155g for a 210mm/8.3" blade) & its ambi-ergo handle shape ("ambi-ergo" meaning that's it's not designed specifically for either righties or lefties, but that it is designed to fit the natural wrap of your fingers & provides more ring/pinkie control of the blade's tip than most other knives I've used).

And does the way you hold your knife affect where your preference of the balance is in it? If I pinch my blade at the bolster, do I want a different balance than someone who grips the handle?

So, does balance matter to you? Do you even notice where the balance is on your knife? It's not a bad thing if you don't; for years I didn't. Even after taking a one-day "cooking school" class.

What do you like?

And can you post a picture of your favorite knife's balance point?

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