Thanks, everyone, for the replies (especially rami for hitting on one of my lingering curiosities).
About sharpening, I watched a lot of
Thanks for the suggestions Kiefer!
You are replacing a calphalon 6" katana....custom is just the wrong idea, no disrespect, but you don't even know what questions to ask, much less
I go 600-800 too and then use 0000 steel wool to give it a satin-ish finish
It depends on the original finish, do the knives have vertical or horizontal grind marks originally? I think its easiest to maintain horizontal. And 600-