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Old 03-19-2018, 05:04 PM   #1
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I love folded Japanese steel!

My UPS box came today!

And as I stated, it is the same construction and alloy as my Hattori kitchen knife.

The bevel narrows as it goes to the tip, but not as extreme as the photo shows.

This is going to be a joyous project!

(Did you see the way they packaged it for shipping?)

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Old 03-19-2018, 05:30 PM   #2
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Beautiful looking knife, have you found all the flaws yet?
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Old 03-20-2018, 02:21 AM   #3
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Other than a slightly thinning bevel as you approach the tip, no. Again, it's a minor shaping issue.

I'm going to do this with higher grit stones, nothing coarse. It takes more time, but this is a knife I will not be "hurrying" to finish. In fact, if I'm not in the mood to polish, I'll even skip a day.
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Taped, inked and premium stones soaking. Looks like a busy afternoon...

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First stone. And like I was worried...

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Wonderful afternoon!

The bevel is uniform front to back and left to right. Now get this, except for a small spot on the rear of the right heel I touched up with a 320 stone, I shaped the knife with a white 600 grit. Yikes, some guys polish with a 600!

From that point, there was no further need to remove steel. I went to the 2000 grit blue speckled and started the lower end stone polishing. A faint shine appeared with a few passes, and the edge is already dangerous.

Soaking now is the 5000 grit and the 15,000 grit. That's too big a jump. I did find a 6000 and 12,000 along with a well used 10,000, and I might try to mix and match a bit to really bring out the edge.
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I've decided on trying the 10,000 grit stone, this one is in the softer range. Oh, I have a hard 10,000 Nubatama, but we're in the stone polishing phase, and removing metal is not the goal. Refining the edge is the desire.
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Hattori Hanzō! Enough said! hahaha....

Just the way they package and wrap items is impressive!
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Hattori Hanzō! Enough said! hahaha....Just the way they package and wrap items is impressive!
Actually, Ichiro Hattori made my kitchen knife. Back then, I bought the knife for a few hundred bucks. You don't see many folded knives like his, as the chefs horde them. I believe he is now in his early 80's and most of the knives I see on the Japanese Knife Direct page look 'factory made.'

I bought my wife a Shun, and she never uses it. She will use the Yaxell Ran (also a Japanese folded steel knife) as a paring knife, but it's still odd to see her slice a salad or a peanutbutter sandwich with an Hattori, now probably worth a few thousand dollars.
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Well, I'm back from the loony bin I attended yesterday. I do not remember much as these sessions are like alien abductions.

Anywho, I decided to soak a 10,000 soft and make a few passes to see what develops. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. I did buy a hard 10,000 grit stone from Ken, so I have options.

Pictures later.
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