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brianh
08-14-2013, 11:58 AM
I was careless with my blue Zakuri petty, dropped it on the wooden floor, and the back edge chipped. Ughhhh. I'm new to sharpening, so I'm leary of trying to fix myself. I emailed Jon @JKI and I'm thinking of having him fix and also round the choil a bit anyhow, since it's pretty raw. This look like an easy fix for a pro? I couldn't find any info on the interwebz on this type of damage.

http://kurtsequipment.com/knives/chip.jpg

Thanks!
Brian

tk59
08-14-2013, 12:01 PM
That's nothing. Just keep using it and eventually it will sharpen out. I had a brand new Carter come to me like that. It still has a little chip there. No biggie.

tripleq
08-14-2013, 12:03 PM
Yup. tk59 is dead on. No biggie.

maxim
08-14-2013, 12:04 PM
Yeah i will say no biggie too i will even maybe round the chip a bit on some coarse stone and it will help you not cutting your self on that :D

brianh
08-14-2013, 12:14 PM
Thanks, guys!!! If I were to round the choil a bit, is it as easy as sandpaper in "buffing" motion? Does the kurouchi finish pose a problem?

tk59
08-14-2013, 12:29 PM
Thanks, guys!!! If I were to round the choil a bit, is it as easy as sandpaper in "buffing" motion? Does the kurouchi finish pose a problem?I think you're thinking about grinding a lot more surface than you need to accomplish what Maxim describes. It would take 10 sec on a med/coarse stone. Maybe use the edge of the stone so you don't jack up your stone surface. No need to touch the kuro uchi. Just the little sharp point.

brianh
08-14-2013, 12:34 PM
Sorry, I just meant should I wish to round the whole choil a bit. It's square, currently. Rustic knife. Figured that might lessen the chip a bit and make the choil more comfortable.

maxim
08-14-2013, 12:37 PM
Ohh yeah hehe. You can just use sandpaper if you dont have stones lay it flat and run the chip part (Heel) on it so it get straight and not concave

I am just talking about do like that

18008

brianh
08-14-2013, 12:41 PM
Sweet, I'll do what you describe! I have a 500 grit stone I will try this on (on stone's side).

kartman35
08-14-2013, 01:09 PM
As for rounding the choil, it's best to mount the knife in a well padded vise tip down and sand with wet/dry sandpaper in a shoe shine motion.

brianh
08-14-2013, 07:44 PM
Thanks again everyone. I rounded the edge as maxim said and then sharpened on 1200 stone, 5k Rika, and diamond sprayed leather. I have to admit, it was my first attempt at sharpening. The magic marker trick is REALLY helpful. I know I didn't do a perfect job but its sharper than OOTB and passes the newspaper test.

JBroida
08-14-2013, 07:49 PM
Glad it worked out well... sorry i didnt get back to your e-mail sooner, but we would always be happy to help in situations like this. That being said, being able to do it yourself is the best, as it will help you learn far more about your knife than having me do it for you. Any pics of the completed work?

brianh
08-14-2013, 09:22 PM
No worries, Jon. I was impatient. I'll take some pics once I work it a little more, but it looks just like Maximo's illustration. I haves lot to learn about sharpening but it was fun having my first time under the belt.

JBroida
08-14-2013, 09:28 PM
i'm totally calling maxim maximo from now on :)

stereo.pete
08-14-2013, 10:08 PM
No worries, Jon. I was impatient. I'll take some pics once I work it a little more, but it looks just like Maximo's illustration. I haves lot to learn about sharpening but it was fun having my first time under the belt.

The best advice when it comes to learning how to sharpen is to take it slow and really pay attention to the angle and burr formation. It's taken me a couple of years but now I am confident in sharpening any knife and that's because I force myself to slow down when sharpening.

brianh
08-14-2013, 10:19 PM
Here's a pic. I took back the choil a bit and the chip is mostly gone. Went up to 1200 grit sandpaper and it feels great. You can still see some wonkiness to the edge near the chip, but that and what's left of the chip, will work out with future sharpenings I suppose. Hopefully as I get better.

My wife said I'm crazy so that must be a good sign?

http://kurtsequipment.com/knives/chip2.jpg

Justin0505
08-14-2013, 10:27 PM
Looks great, you seem to be figuring it all out just fine.

I love those little Zak's, and blue 1 is a nice steel to learn on.

brianh
08-14-2013, 10:31 PM
Thanks! I really like this little knife and it looks cool, too.

JBroida
08-14-2013, 10:44 PM
looks good to me

Ruso
08-14-2013, 11:11 PM
It's a pity that it happened on your new knife. But your job looks very nice! Learning is the key...

Lefty
08-14-2013, 11:56 PM
Nice work. I'm actually contemplating doing that to a couple "perfectly good knives", because I like less risk of jabbing myself when I get moving quickly.

chinacats
08-15-2013, 12:20 AM
I've ordered that on one of my custom's as well.

brianh
08-15-2013, 10:26 AM
I had no idea I was being so hip, hehe.

bkdc
08-15-2013, 10:35 AM
If I were going to have a chip on my knife, that would be the preferred location! Good job!