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A term used to describe a knife blade which most often contains evenly spaced vertical indentations or "hollows" that have been ground out of the thickness of the steel blade. Often confused with the term "hollow ground blade," which references more of a tapered grind with a thinner cutting edge running the entire length of the blade, the hollow-edged blade is quite different with its evenly space indentations running the length of the blade. The hollow edge blade is also known as a Granton blade, which is a description that comes from the name of the knife company that invented the indented blade as a reference for this type of blade.
A Santoku knife is an example of one type of utensil that is commonly produced with a hollow or Granton edge by many knife manufacturers. The purpose of the hollow or Granton-style blade is to assist with keeping particles from sticking to the knife edge as it chops small bits of food as well as a friction reducer to provide less drag when chopping, which enables easier and faster motion.
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