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by Ourorboros
Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Christmas is around the corner
Replies: 32
Views: 10593

Re: Christmas is around the corner

In June, MTC Kitchen had a banner saying orders were pushed out 7-10 days because of Covid-19, unless they were express shipping.
So a warning to order early or to not expect timely arrival of orders might help. I know there will still be complaints.
by Ourorboros
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Mark told me to post here so here I am!
Replies: 7
Views: 2176

Re: Mark told me to post here so here I am!

IIRC - Mark does (did - Covid you know) make annual trips to Japan and has built up relationships. Relationships are all important in Asian cultures and some brokers (nearest characterization) have also recommended new smiths. Since Mark has become known, smiths in other regions have also reached ou...
by Ourorboros
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Which is correct: roiling boil or rolling boil?
Replies: 11
Views: 3004

Re: Which is correct: roiling boil or rolling boil?

I don't recall ever seeing "roiling".
by Ourorboros
Sat Jul 25, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question About a Nakiri
Replies: 16
Views: 4597

Re: Question About a Nakiri

If you do not chop or push cut, it isn't the knife for you. But, being shorter than a gyuto, it is a bit more agile and also useful on smaller boards or more cramped conditions. It is more of a specialist, but it handles it's specialty well. A gyuto can handle the same tasks, but few are going to be...
by Ourorboros
Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: D2 steel - how best to sharpen it?
Replies: 21
Views: 5089

Re: D2 steel - how best to sharpen it?

D2 has a reputation for taking a long time to sharpen. It's a tool steel, you know? There's some quote about it taking forever to get a mediocre edge and holding it.
So with water stones, start with a coarser stone than you normally would for the state of the edge and proceed from there.
by Ourorboros
Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Preferred steel
Replies: 8
Views: 2857

Re: Preferred steel

If a smith is using a quality steel, then everything else matters more to the point of my ignoring the steel.
I don't want an Ikeda because it's AS and it wouldn't change my interest if it was any other steel you see here. If he used whatever that big box knife set stuff is, I'm gone.
by Ourorboros
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Daughters First Good Knife
Replies: 20
Views: 5281

Re: Daughters First Good Knife

There is a Tojiro VG-10 hammered gyuto, 210mm for $99 in close outs. There is a flaw in the finish. The weight marks it as a workhorse. VG-10 is stainless, the size is right for an apartment kitchen. When your daughters skills improve, she is done with her Masters, and she lives on her own then you ...
by Ourorboros
Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:47 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Beginner's Game Plan
Replies: 7
Views: 1942

Re: Beginner's Game Plan

Well if you aren't getting a flattening plate until later, they Shapton Pros would be better simply because they take longer to dish. The Cerax are softer and will need flattening sooner. That said, all stones need to be flattened after some use and if you let Shaptons go too far, it will take you a...
by Ourorboros
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: How far can I push a SP 2000?
Replies: 18
Views: 5077

Re: How far can I push a SP 2000?

Is there a local hardware store? An india stone or no name silicon carbide should be less than $20 and handle the coarse end.
Obviously you can sharpen Globals with a 2000. Just time consuming and some flattening will be needed afterwards.
by Ourorboros
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Which diamond or CBN stones
Replies: 8
Views: 2503

Re: Which diamond or CBN stones

The Naniwa diamond stones got good reviews on YT. Interestingly the 1K Naniwa diamond costs less than the King. I've used the Venev stone, the 1200. I don't love the rubbery feel. Since the abrasives are embedded in resin media they aren't as aggressive as a plate. They are slower than bonded plates...
by Ourorboros
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: What do I need to fix here?
Replies: 20
Views: 6105

Re: What do I need to fix here?

First off, I don't think using or having an 800 grit water stone is a mistake. I do believe having quality stones makes a difference, but you seem to be jumping from stone to stone as the cause/solution to whatever is going on. That said, I do believe that the Kohetsu 2000 is a quality stone that ca...
by Ourorboros
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Cleaver
Replies: 10
Views: 2536

Re: Cleaver

I have the Daovua pipeline tall nakiri. The front half of the blade is definitely a belly. Still a thin blade, the forward choil and a pinch grip means it feels like a feather. Basic grind, but a good grind. It likes every stone I've used on it, no matter how fine. Coticule seems to give a really ni...
by Ourorboros
Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Sancho! My armor! (quest for a knife that’ll cleanly cut boiled eggs)
Replies: 21
Views: 4974

Re: Sancho! My armor! (quest for a knife that’ll cleanly cut boiled eggs)

Since cheese knife and tomato knife are taken, I'll say coping saw.
Get a cheap one and clean it out. Least surface area you can have.
by Ourorboros
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Forge to table
Replies: 8
Views: 2709

Re: Forge to table

When Mark catches a blade like that, they seem to end up in Close Outs with a discount.
by Ourorboros
Wed Jul 01, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What happens when you gift a knife
Replies: 9
Views: 3184

Re: What happens when you gift a knife

So I don't have to ask if it's sharp out of the box.
Unless you put your own edge on it first.
by Ourorboros
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Stone advice
Replies: 11
Views: 3611

Re: Stone advice

The stones you have are just fine. Usually we recommend people start off with stones in the same series, as they feel similar or at least have a progression of feel. It just removes a variable when learning. Functionally, you're alright. And both Shaptons and Choseras are hard stones, the SG moreso....
by Ourorboros
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Stones for an odd knife collection and a temporary home
Replies: 22
Views: 1382

Re: Stones for an odd knife collection and a temporary home

I like the Kohetsu 2000 too, great stone.
For stainless, I prefer the Shapton Pros over Glass. Haven't tried the SG1000 though.
by Ourorboros
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Stones for an odd knife collection and a temporary home
Replies: 22
Views: 1382

Re: Stones for an odd knife collection and a temporary home

Shapton Pros give a of bang for the buck. Get a CKTG flattening plate, a 1K or 2K stone, and something to polish.
That covers everything and Shapton Pro handles stainless fine in my experience.
by Ourorboros
Fri May 29, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Strop advice wanted
Replies: 14
Views: 580

Re: Strop advice wanted

Because there is the matter of taste and preferences, there is no consistent answer. You don't need to strop. Some people do, they like keener edges. Or they stop using stones at the mid-grit level and strop. There is a difference between stropping on a bare strop - which removes the wire edge that ...