Tang- it's not just for Astronauts anymore... – A Cut Above Cutlery

Tang- it's not just for Astronauts anymore...

OK, I'm dating myself a little here, but when I was growing up, Tang was a sugary, orange drink mix powder that was supposed to be a staple item included on all the the Apollo missions.  Mom bought for me because I had a major fixation that one day, I'd be an Astronaut... of course, I always liked doubling up the amount of powder in my drink to make it more sugary and extra tasty, but that's a whole other story.  Apparently, it's still available for sale on Amazon today.  Use caution when drinking or providing it to your kids because sugar is the first ingredient on the label (which explains, at least partially, why I was such a hyperactive little kid LOL)! :) 
On to the knife related part of this post...
A while back, I received a question from a customer asking if our Chef's Knife was "full tang".  For those who aren't familiar with the term, according to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, the definition of a tang in the context of knives is:
"Tang (n): a projecting shank, prong, fang, or tongue (as on a knife, file, or sword) to connect with the handle."
So, a "full tang" knife is one where the tang extends through the whole handle.  

Wanting to answer my customer's question as fully as I could, I grabbed a knife and took it out to my shop, in order to provide some pictures demonstrating that, yes, our Chef's Knife is a full tang knife:

(Picture 1 - shot of tang extending the full length of the handle)

(Picture 2 - shot of pommel relationship to tang)
The full-tang construction of our Chef's knife is what gives it such great balance, and is one of the things I really like about it.  Also, short of taking a welding torch and cutting the blade away, there's virtually no chance of this knife breaking off at the handle.
Also, as you can see from the thickness of the ABS plastic that is molded around the tang to form the handle, our knife is definitely build to last.
I'm really glad my customer asked that question, because it gave me a rare opportunity to dig in and provide some solid insight as to the quality of our knives- I'm really proud to be able to bring great products like this to the kitchen!

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