Dropping a big weight on a piece of steel is exactly what drop forging is.
Yeah, it's pretty unromantic. But 'drop forging" sounds cool, in a Michael Bay movie sorta way.
Science channel show "Factory made" ep. #58 had an episode, chef's knives, I am guessing, it was shot in the same factory. They do show robot making one pass to smooth the bolster area and spine, making a comment that spine has to be rounded, because the chef may lean on it. How well it is rounded, that's a different matter :)
Another robot puts 16 per side edge bevel(as they say, "because 16 is optimal edge for cutting"), dunno what the grit is, but pretty rough, because final edge is put by a person, on 240grit belt sander, whole sharpening process takes less than 30 seconds, and human at the end could explain thicker than 16 per side edges...
Ironically, they show how the final knife edge is measured using laser, and you can clearly see (at least in HD it's crystal clear) really bad burr on the edge.
Despite some incorrect commentary, I find those shows quite interesting, for a knife nut. Just to see how things work in factory. I doubt their value for no knife people, because "modern marvels" touted Cutco knives as sharpest knives in the world, "factory made" declared 16 per side as the optimal for cutting and other knife related educational shows has their share of false statements too, e.g. how it's made claimed ceramics knives to be the toughest knives in the world...
I love how everything is all robots except for the German chick that holds it up just to look at it, it's a knife not David Hasselhoff! O and old man Dave at the end whipping away at the grinding wheel. Really?? Do they really need a old man to finish these things up?
P.s. How many of you knife makers wish you had one of them robots?
There was a time when I could show people my nice knives, and they would ask me where I got them. Not so much any more. I just kind of keep quiet.
I live in a place where you can't go in any direction without driving through miles of vineyards, but whereas in years past my friends would open bottle after bottle of expensive wine, now they're drinking $8.99 wine and talking about how good it is.
Don't quit your day job just yet.