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Does the length of the tang matter?

Buying knives and am curious about this.



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Kinnek Knowledge Team

Yes, the length of the knife tang matters quite a bit for a number of reasons, but two in particular stand out:

1) The longer the tang, the better balanced the knife will be. The tang of the blade extends into the handle. If the tang is too short, then the center of balance will be further along the blade and may affect your efficiency.

2) Longer tangs -- specifically full tangs -- also last longer over time. Shorter tangs put stress on the heel of the knife (above the bolster) which can cause cracking. A full tang blade will limit stress on the heel of the knife.        

Sep 1, 2016

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