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Chipped knife - how far can it be ground down?

So, somehow my Global 11" chef's knife got chipped on a chunk of chocolate in a cookie. Seriously. I didn't drop the knife on the sink or anything, my wife was chopping a log of cookie dough into rounds and it got stuck on a small chunk of chocolate.

Anyways, the chip is about 1/8" deep into the blade and measures about 1/4" long. My question is how far can you grind down a knife (is that the correct word) before the knife is no longer useful. Is it possible to have such a deep chip ground down and sharpened, or is this knife destined for the recycling bin?

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  1. lucky you have a long way to go to wear down the knife to the point of it being unusable. Sounds like a nasty chip though.

    If you are not proficient at hand sharpening send it to a professional like Dave Martell at Japanese Knife Sharpening

    http://www.japaneseknifesharpening.co...

    Dave will have the knife back to you looking like new and sharper too.

    1. i'd say you can go pretty far. i have a (what started as) an 8" chef's knife that is now a filet/boning knife.

      1. No way! What knife was it? A G2 or something?

        Man, my GF-33 gets taken care of so well, it lives in its original box in my room, and gets put back there as soon as I'm done with it. I would cry if I chipped it.

        But man, I LOVE using it.

        1. I agree with the others. You're in good shape. You knife sharpener should be able to help you out too and answer any questions you have.

          1. do you, by chance, store it on a magnetic knife bar or in a block that has magnets? There have been reports here on the boards of chipping on japanese knives stored with magnets (affects the multi-layers of the knives).

            see:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/474252

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            1. re: karmalaw

              Whoa - I do - I have the Global magnet holder for it. (I never would have bought it at full price, but it was on sale for $15 and I snatched it up.) I will look into that.

              1. re: karmalaw

                That was a very very interesting topic, thankyou. I'm glad I read it, as I've been dreaming of a magnetic knife rack when I move! I think I'll definitely commision my friend to build a leather sheath.