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Old 01-25-2018, 12:29 PM   #1
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Hoping for help from the TOURIST.

Hoping the foremost guru of knives can shed some light for me.
It appears that there is a gremlin that during the night is taking my kitchen knives and scratching them all up. Only way that can occur as they are always hand washed and placed upside down in a wooden block, and never come in contact with other utensils.
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Old 01-25-2018, 12:53 PM   #2
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Yikes! I think I know what's causing it, but admittedly, it's a guess.

Even cheap knives are made from steel with a Rc rating of anywhere from the low 50's to the low 60s. In other words, harder than iron.

To scratch steel, you need something harder than steel--that's why my stones wear out, but diamond slurry polishes.

Since the scratch marks are in the same direction, my guess is that you are looking at repeat damage from a singular source.

You say you slip them into a wooden block. Either there's a nail in the block which was too long, or a piece of metal fell into the block and got jammed there.

I'd take a high-lumen flashlight and a magnifying glass and look into the slots.

But here's the bad news--if that's the case, the piece of steel is jammed in there. If so you might have to take a piece of coat hanger, flatten an end in a vice and bend it slightly to form a hook.

If you cannot get it out, that means replacing the block.

We should talk by PM. If you send me one of the knives--and trust me--I'll try to polish out the flat of the blade, and if I can get out the side scratches, then polish the edge.

...I'd like to tell you I've seen worse, but not recently...
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Old 01-25-2018, 01:08 PM   #3
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Thanks so much for your help. I have six favorite kitchen knives and these marks have just started appearing on all of them. I’ll check the block and get in touch by PM today after my workout.
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is your name dr. jekyl?
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Old 01-25-2018, 04:56 PM   #5
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If it was something in the block wouldn't the scratches be along the length of the blade instead of short angular scratches in an upward direction?
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Is your knife block perhaps made of teak wood?
I ask because some teakwood has mineral particles in it similar in size to grains of salt. I would notice scratches on my planer blades when working with teak.
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Old 01-26-2018, 02:27 AM   #7
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Good idea. My wife and I are going to get a magnet strip for the kitchen so stuff like this doesn't happen.

I have an Hattori I treasure. Heck, Wolfgang Puck doesn't have an Hattori! I don't want to scratch that one!

(More and more, it sounds like the block has to go).
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Thanks for all your help guys. Even the knives I don’t use often are starting to get those marks. Other than being knives the only thing they have in common is resting in that block. It appears to be made of mahogany and as Chuck said the marks would be along the length of the blade not just near the handle. BUT it’s the only commonality among them so out it goes.
I’m still thinking Gremlins though.
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Looking closer at the marks they look like they could have been made while cutting into something.
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Old 01-26-2018, 05:38 AM   #10
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It’s a real mystery to me Chuck. I’m the only person that uses the knives, I have never abused them and though they are very old have only been used on food. These marks started appearing a few months ago and are getting worse daily it seems. I’ve removed them from the wooden block so I’ll see what happens now.
I’m still not ruling out Gremlins though.
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