Stainless steel knives are the most common. They come in various gauges, different prices, and different levels of durability.
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Carbon steel is one step up from stainless steel. These knives can be sharpened to a finer edge than stainless steel and retain their edge far longer. They are also easy to sharpen at home.
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Damascus steel knives combine many advantages of stainless steel and carbon steel. These blades are forged with multiple layers of steel to create a stronger, more durable blade.
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Ceramic knives have many advantages. Quality ceramic knives are sharp and lightweight, which makes them easier to use. On the downside, ceramic blades can be brittle and fragile.
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Most budget knife blades consist of stamped metal, which is not as durable as forged blades. Forged blades tend to be more durable, retain a sharper edge longer, and offer better balance.
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