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Asymmetrical edges are out of scope of my question because I feel like they're too different from symmetrical edges as it relates to the question.

If the stock edge-grind on a chef's knife is any rounded variation, is that something that should be avoided due to a less well-defined guiding angle for future sharpening?

Does it have any material effect on knife performance if the quality of the edge is comparable in polish, angle, etc?

This has some examples of edge grinds

Edge grinds

In the above picture, all but the chisel type is symmetrical.

Hollow and convex are examples of the types I would be concerned about during the first non-factory sharpening.

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    Hmmm ... can you give some examples/links? I'm not quite sure what you mean by "rounded variation". – FuzzyChef Feb 6 at 5:40
  • @FuzzyChef Thank you! Updated. – Ryan Mortensen Feb 7 at 0:13
  • I'd say so; you can't really sharpen hollow-ground knives using a knife block at home. However, I don't have definitive enough information to offer this as an answer. – FuzzyChef Feb 7 at 2:49
  • This video youtu.be/7nTBEbMQBGQ?t=1076 up to about 18:20 he mentions that hollow-ground edges "melts away" when they touch the whetstone. – Ryan Mortensen Feb 9 at 23:13

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