Originally Posted by phatch
As I recall, Yan only smashed slices of ginger, no thicker than a quarter. I would expect a blade to be able to make that sort of a smash, even just the hand against the flat sort of smash.
Yes, and I believe those are baby ginger to boot, or just tricked out before hand to be soft. I watched one of his videos and I simply cannot believe that was an ordinary piece of hard ginger he was so easily mushing.
I think many knives have a soft temper at the tang, or are weakened from welding/brazing. You can safely smash things with the heft of any heafty blade, but you cannot do it as if wielding a baseball bat for a home run. Flick your wrist to get velocity, but power should be off before actually hitting the board.
But lets face it, this is something you do to impress yourself, or your co-workers if that applies. Is it going to impress the wife? No, certainly don't think of doing it for that. But the ratatat of rapidly chopping something, now that turns my SO on.