Definition: The term itself - Granton® - is a copyrighted trademark of the original Granton® Company knife design. However, many knife companies tend to use the term 'Granton' to describe a particular knife blade edge.
A Granton® type of knife blade has a row of identical dimples or scallops that have been ground into each side of the blades of certain knives. Unlike a serrated edge, a Granton knife has a typical honed sharp blade edge, that can be refreshed with a knife steel or sharpened as needed.
A Granton edge does not hinder blade quality, but rather enhances the knife's cutting and slicing performance. Once popular mostly on Santoku knives, this blade edge is now being used on many types including Chef and paring knives.
A Granton knife does look beautiful, but it's the enhanced slicing ability - without shredding, ease of cutting and better food release that makes this particular knife design so popular with professional chefs and home cooks alike.
Knife manufacturers continue to look for ways to build on the smart Granton edge design, by applying it to different knife types and varying the angle of the dimples. A Granton edge is a great knife blade feature to look for when you're buying kitchen knives.
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Also Known As: dimpled knife edge
Common Misspellings: granton, grantin
Examples: My Santoku knife has a Granton edge while my boning knife has a plain blade edge.