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Dave Martell
08-24-2013, 02:00 PM
Talk about a one of a kind! :spiteful:

This is Shane's 270mm Mizuno gyuto with a blue steel core with (I believe) iron cladding that has been thinned, etched, polished, and upgraded to a new Stefan Keller handle.

The blade was well used so I was asked to do the full spa treatment to clean & thin it up. After grinding on it some I could see the potential for some neat effects if the blade was etched so I ran the idea past Shane and he said go for it. :)


Before...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010003_zps2bd1183e.jpg


After...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010031_zps208449a5.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010010_zps1e293890.jpg


Before...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010004_zps9fc47310.jpg


After...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010029_zps4d75aa4c.jpg






The handle is African blackwood with a vintage bakelite ferrule & blue mammoth end cap. Nice!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010008_zps8f41d3c0.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010018_zpsca01f0c4.jpg



To get the blade looking the best I could get it meant polishing it pre-etch and then polishing it post-etch as well. Took me 4 attempts before I was satisfied. The result is something that could barely be captured in the pictures, the cladding is a shiny gun metal color while the core steel is a smokey brown/black....looks 100x better in person, you'll have to take my word for that.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010032_zps0c1ac735.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010028_zpsd5d17e11.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010006_zps90804f12.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010011_zps57efcb85.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010035_zpsdf8f1eb4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010019_zpsa8b3c561.jpg

Paradox
08-24-2013, 02:15 PM
Very nice!

Crothcipt
08-24-2013, 04:36 PM
Wow Dave I can't wait to see it in person. Thx a ton. It turned out better than what you were thinking at one point. Again great job.!!!!

Dave Martell
08-24-2013, 04:57 PM
Wow Dave I can't wait to see it in person. Thx a ton. It turned out better than what you were thinking at one point. Again great job.!!!!


I'm glad that you like it Shane. Hopefully it'll please even more when you get it in your hands. Thanks for the chance to do something different! :)

NO ChoP!
08-24-2013, 05:43 PM
Really cool; both the thinning and etch job, and the handle.

CrisAnderson27
08-24-2013, 05:48 PM
Beautiful Dave! I know the exact colors and effect you mean. In sunlight I bet the 'gunmetal' cladding reflects a microscopic sized rainbow of colors, while the hard edge steel took on a grey/brown/black color. The way you polished it it almost looks like a monosteel blade with a very narrow clay hardening!

clayton
08-24-2013, 06:53 PM
Wow!

berko
08-24-2013, 08:48 PM
beauty!

Mrmnms
08-24-2013, 09:44 PM
Killer job Dave. Was any of the polishing done on wheels, or all by hand ?

Dave Martell
08-24-2013, 10:30 PM
Killer job Dave. Was any of the polishing done on wheels, or all by hand ?

It was done on belts first and then after etch was done on wheels.


Thanks for the kind words everyone. :)

EdipisReks
08-24-2013, 11:24 PM
That looks really nice!

cookinstuff
08-25-2013, 01:05 AM
Dave, that is just incredible, looks so good. I thought it was going to a coworker for a second, I work with a guy named Shayn, and he has a 270 mizuno which has had a ton of action, got a little excited until I saw it was going to Crothcipt. Good taste Shane, that's one of the nicest Mizunos I have seen. Great handle as well Stefan, I gotta get me some bakelite one day, looks fantastic.

spaceconvoy
08-25-2013, 02:23 PM
Dayum, that looks amazing... And judging by the kanji, looks like a serious thinning job too

Justin0505
08-25-2013, 02:23 PM
That turned out really well. I could look at before and after pics like that all day.
I love the transition area between the cladding and the core.

Stephan's handles always seem to have a really unique and individual personality.
It's crazy how well the bakelite matches the mammoth tooth.

Erilyn75
08-26-2013, 03:30 AM
Beautiful!

edredlee
08-26-2013, 01:20 PM
Wow, just wow!

Johnny.B.Good
08-26-2013, 03:12 PM
Awesome.

What a transformation!

ThEoRy
08-26-2013, 03:30 PM
Soooo cool! Nice job once again Dave and Stefan.

cheflarge
08-26-2013, 04:43 PM
Frickin awesome.

Miles
09-01-2013, 03:42 PM
Wow! Makes me start to think about my Mizuno...

ChuckTheButcher
09-01-2013, 08:52 PM
Great choice on the blue mammoth. I knew that was going to come out stunning. Really beautiful.

Crothcipt
09-01-2013, 11:05 PM
I got this on Thursday, and I am just speechless. I am now the proud owner of a knife to pretty to use. Well it will take me a few weeks to get my nerve up to use it. When Dave says it's even more stunning in person he wasn't lying.

Dave Martell
09-01-2013, 11:44 PM
I got this on Thursday, and I am just speechless. I am now the proud owner of a knife to pretty to use. Well it will take me a few weeks to get my nerve up to use it. When Dave says it's even more stunning in person he wasn't lying.

You got it AND you like it! :doublethumbsup:

Dave Martell
09-01-2013, 11:48 PM
Great choice on the blue mammoth. I knew that was going to come out stunning. Really beautiful.

I think that when you saw the knife (here) it was super blacked out and all orange peel looking wasn't it?

Crothcipt
09-01-2013, 11:50 PM
You got it AND you like it! :doublethumbsup:

Nope. LOVE IT.

Dave Martell
09-01-2013, 11:55 PM
You got it AND you like it! :doublethumbsup:



Nope. LOVE IT.


Even better!:happy1: