View Full Version : Dumb, stupid bolster!

Don Nguyen
12-23-2011, 03:34 PM

How do you deal with this thing?

I can't grind it off even if I wanted to, because I only have hand tools (and I'd prefer not to spend many, many hours on such a knife that isn't even mine). It's already got a slight recurve to it. What I have done is ground and sanded off enough of it to fix the recurve and give it a usable heel. For future reference though, what the heck do you do?

Honestly, what's it even for? I can't even think of anything useful for it.

12-23-2011, 03:44 PM
These bolsters/ guards are what moved me into Japanese knives. In order to sharpen the blade at the heel, you basically need to grind/ abrade the bottom a bit. I think some people will use a dremel, although you can get there on the stones. Grinding into it does kinda ruin the look of the knife though.

12-23-2011, 07:13 PM
Is it worth it to grind the bolster of that knife vs. just picking up a new knife without bolster?

12-23-2011, 07:26 PM
I would sell that knife and buy a new one. Too much work for me.

Dave Martell
12-23-2011, 07:33 PM
9 out of 10 full bolstered knives that I see here need (and receive) bolster reduction/correction and re-belly profiling BEFORE I can sharpen them.

12-23-2011, 10:03 PM
If its soft enough you may be able to trim it with a decent file, would be quicker than stones