View Full Version : New knife, asymmetrical Kikuichi sharpening issue

03-19-2013, 02:33 PM
Hi all,

I recently received a western style japanese santoku knife as a present from my wife. It is a kikuichi with a hammered finish on it and the edge seems to be asymmetrical maybe 70/30.

After normal use in wooden board, I noticed that the edge line gets a little slightly uneven judging by the way it reflects the light back in certain parts rather than being totally invisible. I almost feel like the edge is thin...

When this happen, I usually bring it back to alignment with a fine ceramic honing steel. This method works very well and it only requires a few strokes on each side.

My question is, is it OK to use honing rod or this will damage this particular type of knife?

Thanks for you input.

03-19-2013, 05:28 PM
It's fine to steel it to realign the edge. For 70/30 I use more strokes on the 70 side - not necessarily 7 to 3, but several more then debur.

03-19-2013, 06:00 PM
I hesitate. The core steel is VG-10, and often factory edges are weak, due to the buffing. Steeling will make it even weaker. Best solution is sharpening and making sure enough steel to get abraded.