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Woodcarvers are on a constant search for the perfect carving knife. In that search, they sometimes ask me which is better, a forged knife or a ground stock removal knife?
First, some definitions:
Forged: heated and shaped from one shape to another with a hammer and anvil or power hammer close to final shape and then heat treated.
Stock removal: ground to shape from a flat piece of steel and then heat treated.
My answer may sound diplomatic and even evading a clear answer but here goes.
Metalurgically, neither is better than the other.
There are bad handforged knives and terrible stock removal knives that would not even make a good butter knife.