Thanks ER, that was helpful...and it was kinda what I was hoping to hear: gets rid of fuel taste, and makes the technique a little bit easier.
While everything at Au Cheval is fantastic, the burger is a true classic!
Yes the Funayuki & Kiritsuke morfed into DB blades. My Yoshimitsu Santoku 176mm has a more gradual drop in the spine, think it looked similar to one
I will be ordering one soon but I hope it comes within a reasonable time. I must succumb to be Picasso with my delicate torching in the meantime.
Cocobolo is getting harder to get so I need to start looking to other woods as replacement.