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Ishikawa Nakiri lacquer finish peeling

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:55 pm
by GuyDebord
I have been using this Ishikawa Nakiri for a few months and have been taking proper care of it as I do with all my knives. It has performed well but now its time to sharpen it and there is something that bothers me a lot that I wish to take care of while I take it to the stones, and its the original varnish lacquer finish peeling off which has cause it to patina unevenly, something that has never happened to me with any of my other knives. How would you deal with this, please advise.

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Many thanks!

Re: Ishikawa Nakiri lacquer finish peeling

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:07 pm
by delmar
You can take the rest of the lacquer off. I've used finger nail polish remover before with no issues. Just rinse with soap and water when you are done to stop the process.

Re: Ishikawa Nakiri lacquer finish peeling

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:08 pm
by ChefKnivesToGo
Hello Guy,

You can strip that off with nail polish remover (acetone). It takes a little work but it does the job.

Re: Ishikawa Nakiri lacquer finish peeling

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:09 pm
by ChefKnivesToGo
You beat me!

Re: Ishikawa Nakiri lacquer finish peeling

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:39 pm
by GuyDebord
delmar wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:07 pm
You can take the rest of the lacquer off. I've used finger nail polish remover before with no issues. Just rinse with soap and water when you are done to stop the process.
Who knew it was that simple! I promise I searched the forum and couldn't find anything specific to this....
Any advise on how to even out the patina?

Many thanks!

Re: Ishikawa Nakiri lacquer finish peeling

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:40 pm
by delmar
Tons of discussions about patinas. Just search.

You'll need to take off the old patina to let it even out. But you might want to let it be - may turn out kinda cool with some patina set in deeper than other areas.

Re: Ishikawa Nakiri lacquer finish peeling

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:00 pm
by Jeff B
GuyDebord wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:39 pm
Any advise on how to even out the patina?
I'd just let it go too. Like delmar said it might look pretty cool in time. If you don't like the way it's turning out you can always polish it out later and start all over.

Re: Ishikawa Nakiri lacquer finish peeling

Posted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:07 pm
by GuyDebord
Jeff B wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:00 pm
GuyDebord wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:39 pm
Any advise on how to even out the patina?
I'd just let it go too. Like delmar said it might look pretty cool in time. If you don't like the way it's turning out you can always polish it out later and start all over.
Well now I have a harder problem besides the keeping or reseting patina, I have no experience sharpening single bevel knives and after some research I might just take it to Korin or just sell it. These things make me too anxious.

Many thanks!

Re: Ishikawa Nakiri lacquer finish peeling

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:01 am
by milkbaby
Single bevel should be even simpler to sharpen than a double bevel, shouldn't be a reason to sell it!

If it has a proper ura on the backside, you can just sharpen the front side as a wide bevel then deburr with the ura flat on the stone.

Re: Ishikawa Nakiri lacquer finish peeling

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:21 pm
by False Cast
Acetone will take care of the lacquer. I've used Flitz metal polish on carbon steel blades to even out an uneven patina; it seems gentle enough.