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Powder Steel, The Cutting Edge in Knives

Fine Cooking Issue 76

The latest buzz in the knife industry is a new blade material that’s supposed to stay sharp several times longer than the high-carbon stainless-steel alloys used in most high-quality knives. Two major manufacturers, Henckels and Kershaw Shun, have just come out with lines of knives that use this metal, known as powder steel.

Powder steel is molten steel that’s reduced to fi ne particles and then compacted under high pressure. The resulting cutting edge is incredibly hard and smooth, a combination that helps the edge stay sharp. Henckels’ Twin Cermax line of knives is widely available, and the Kershaw Shun Elite line is sold exclusively through Sur La Table stores.

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