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by shevitz
Tue May 22, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...
Replies: 301
Views: 8713

Re: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...

This knife is a great cutter and I wanted to keep it rustic. On the handle, mine looks like yours. I didn't change the shape, I just took out the saw cuts. I did acetone + 80 + 150 + 220 + something unknown and finer + mineral oil. I may use board butter but I'm OK for now. I actually like the aesth...
by shevitz
Mon May 21, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...
Replies: 301
Views: 8713

Re: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...

This thread has been dead for a week or so, but I'm still using the knife all the time. I actually love it. It's rising to the top of my grab first list. My nicer knives I think about whether I want to use them on any particular task. With this knife, if I want a sharp knife and I'm not cutting froz...
by shevitz
Fri May 18, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Mr Imanishi’s basement stone
Replies: 44
Views: 653

Re: Mr Imanishi’s basement stone

I really really want one.
by shevitz
Wed May 16, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Staining a saya
Replies: 11
Views: 215

Re: Staining a saya

I did exactly this a couple months ago. My handle was a different color. I used Minwax gel stain brazillian rosewood. It turned out really nicely. the wood got much darker. Gels stains are easier to use and more forgiving in general. No need to seal before staining. Anyway I had good luck. I wanted ...
by shevitz
Fri May 04, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...
Replies: 301
Views: 8713

Re: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...

Jason H wrote:
Fri May 04, 2018 7:27 am
It seems to me that we should know and use the maker's name; it would be more respectful than the "Vietnamese blacksmith".
I agree, but don't know what it is. The etching on the blade is Dao Vua, but I don't know if that's his name or not.
by shevitz
Thu May 03, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...
Replies: 301
Views: 8713

Re: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...

I don't know why I didn't think of this before, but I looked at the photos again. The first photo shows the grinder. One of the videos shows him using the grinder. We are talking about one grinding wheel. After the first pass, have him change out the wheel to a finer one. Take a second pass. I bet i...
by shevitz
Thu May 03, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...
Replies: 301
Views: 8713

Re: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...

I don't think fixing the blade road issue would cost that much money. If he doesn't already have the capability, I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is. Mark, if you set up a "help the smith" purchase item like a gofundme, I would contribute.

Danny
by shevitz
Thu May 03, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...
Replies: 301
Views: 8713

Re: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...

If we're going to group buy him something. I say we ask him what piece of equipment is his biggest need, and try to source something reasonable. If we're going to ask him to make a better knife, we'd better be willing to help support and fund it. I like this point as well. If I had to guess, he is ...
by shevitz
Wed May 02, 2018 8:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...
Replies: 301
Views: 8713

Re: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...

I respectfully disagree. I think an extra 5 to 10 minutes with the right tool (and not an expensive one at that) would raise the potential of this knife dramatically. All I want is no deep scratches in the road bed. Given how long it takes to make a knife, I hardly think that is too much to ask. I'm...
by shevitz
Wed May 02, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...
Replies: 301
Views: 8713

Re: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...

It's not the edge, it's the blade road. Is he grinding the knives with a stone?
by shevitz
Tue May 01, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...
Replies: 301
Views: 8713

Re: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...

I'd be curious to know if all were as rough as mine. I spent 2 hours with 80 grit sandpaper wrapped around a cork and other harder things working on the blade road. I was ultimately unsuccessful at getting all the scratches out. I have some divots in the metal where I tried to work out the deeper sc...
by shevitz
Tue May 01, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...
Replies: 301
Views: 8713

Re: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...

After using the knife for a week, my initial assessment really hasn't changed. The santoku is a ridiculously sharp beast and the profile makes it authentic but not really Japanese. I'm really OK with that. I think a flatter profile would be more familiar but that is a judgement call. It's great as i...
by shevitz
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Gauging sharpness
Replies: 65
Views: 1168

Re: Gauging sharpness

As I have been improving my sharpening skills, I have been learning the value of a straight edge. I would work on a low grit stone, say a 400 and I knew I was holding a consistent angle and it just didn't feel that sharp. I de-burred and all that and it just wasn't where I thought it should be. I tr...
by shevitz
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...
Replies: 301
Views: 8713

Re: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...

I would agree :). I just wish he put a little time into the F&F. Then it would be a steal even at a small upcharge.

I forgot the blade etching says Dao Vua since 1288! That would make them older than Moritaka!
by shevitz
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...
Replies: 301
Views: 8713

Re: I’ve been talking to this blacksmith...

OK. So this is a cheap knife. I got the santoku. The fit and finish are terrible. The blade is ragged looking as is the handle. The handle wasn't sanded smooth before finishing. The lacquer has fingerprints and rough patches. The blade feels like it started out as a nakiri sized rectangle. Then he f...
by shevitz
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Possible Buyer's Remorse Makoto W2 Damascus
Replies: 19
Views: 446

Re: Possible Buyer's Remorse Makoto W2 Damascus

ho wood isn't as pretty. That's the end of the detractions. Sand to some grit. Say 400. rub some water on to raise the grain, then sand again. As mentioned put some mineral oil on it and it will last just fine. If you hate the color, stain and seal.
by shevitz
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Like or Don't Like
Replies: 50
Views: 858

Re: Like or Don't Like

don't like because 1) I like wa handles 2) fake SS damascus doesn't do it for me any more
by shevitz
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: What finishing stone do you like after chosera’s 3k
Replies: 34
Views: 563

Re: What finishing stone do you like after chosera’s 3k

What was your purchase criteria for buying a used strop off ebay? Cheap :) . I got 5 vintage "strops". Two turned out to be two piece leather and the other three had linen pieces as well. So I got 10 pieces total with 7 leather and 3 linen for $50 shipped. If you can read anything that says "horse"...
by shevitz
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: What finishing stone do you like after chosera’s 3k
Replies: 34
Views: 563

Re: What finishing stone do you like after chosera’s 3k

The snow white is a great stone. As my sharpening skill progresses I find less need to go to higher grits. A 3K edge well executed and then well stropped will do 3" push cuts. I'm usually stopping at 2K chosera now. I have the 3K chosera, 4k Ume, 5K bamboo, 8K Snow white,.. but no longer really see ...
by shevitz
Tue Apr 10, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Makato AS 210
Replies: 35
Views: 843

Re: Makato AS 210

both W#2 and AS are listed at 215mm. The AS looks to be about 15mm shorter. I have the W#2 and it's a great blade, and was thinking of picking up the AS, but if so the significantly shorter length is something of a turnoff. The size and profile as well as the thickness seem to imply it is a complet...