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    Start with thick enough stock, and you can get...

    Start with thick enough stock, and you can get the same kinds of geometries as for forged blades (except you will probably weld on integral bolsters). Laminated blades? Start with laminated stock....
  2. Works fine with stones and diamond plates if...

    Works fine with stones and diamond plates if they're not too heavy, silicon carbide paper on a wooden block, etc. I much prefer holding (or clamping, if I want both hands free) down the blade and...
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    There's an old Irish saying about this [1]: You...

    There's an old Irish saying about this [1]: You don't have enough until you have too many.

    (If somebody asks why I need so many knives, I just say "Oh, I don't need them. I only need 3. The rest...
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    Not happy with the answers from last time?

    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?169836-recommendation-for-kitchen-knife-steel
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    I recently heard that some traditional knives can...

    I recently heard that some traditional knives can be found at some of the markets in Seoul. Seems like a reasonable idea to try places like Namdaemun Market.
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    Even without problems with glues, bamboo itself...

    Even without problems with glues, bamboo itself is pretty abrasive, due to silicates.

    Other grasses have high silicate contents too; sugar cane is abrasive to cutting tools, too. Non-grasses can...
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    The curry blocks are what they use in Japan (and...

    The curry blocks are what they use in Japan (and Korea) as well, not just in the lazy West.

    Around here, most Vietnamese and Chinese grocery stores will have a range of Japanese/Korean stuff, and...
  8. For cooking in a vacation apartment, I take 1 or...

    For cooking in a vacation apartment, I take 1 or 2 knives (last 3 times: my wife's preferred santoku and a cheap Chinese cleaver, Shun santoku, Shun santoku and Wusthof chef's knife). Just our...
  9. My fault for writing it wrong. I see some cute...

    My fault for writing it wrong.

    I see some cute specialised Japanese knife and it's "Oh, that's different! I wonder what it's like to use?" Not having infinite money and infinite kitchen space, I...
  10. That's already more than you need. There are all...

    That's already more than you need. There are all sorts of specialty knives you might find useful, like watermelon knives, pizza knives, long ham slicers, noodle knives, cleavers/splitters,...
  11. Hard to go too wrong. I picked up a bunch of...

    Hard to go too wrong. I picked up a bunch of AU$17 Chinese knives, adequate steel (4Cr13), excellent geometry. Mostly for my wife to give out as loaner knives, but I've taken one as a holiday knife....
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    That works. That's how this block's too-small...

    That works. That's how this block's too-small commercially-made predecessor was made (with a composite block, rather than a single piece block). Pine boards are cheaper than big blocks, and I don't...
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    It's up hard against the wall behind it, and I...

    It's up hard against the wall behind it, and I put a screw into the underside of the shelf above to stop it from moving forwards. It isn't being bumped anywhere. If it hadn't been for the tiles...
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    It's a prototype. I had a commercial block with...

    It's a prototype. I had a commercial block with open-at-the-front slots, done by saw cuts in a block made from glued-together pieces, with a wire behind the handles. I liked it, since I could put in...
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    Traditional Korean knife

    So, I happened to find an old traditional-style Korean kitchen knife, and bought it. It's the top one:
    http://www.physics.uq.edu.au/people/nieminen/korean_knives.jpg
    Have yet to clean & use. The...
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    It's maybe a little heavy, 238g, but I'm OK with...

    It's maybe a little heavy, 238g, but I'm OK with that. Not like I'll use it for long periods. It's now my go-to knife for slicing large pieces of beef, which is a fitting task for a gyuto.
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    Born in the middle of the Australian desert, of...

    Born in the middle of the Australian desert, of Finnish parents. 'Tis a common name; I share it with a famous tennis player and an Olympic ski jumper.
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    This came in the mail today: ...

    This came in the mail today:

    http://www.physics.uq.edu.au/people/nieminen/gyuto2.jpg

    Gekko, 240mm gyuto, blue steel #1. My first gyuto.
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    Hello from me and my knife block

    Hi, new member, from Australia.

    Have mostly Asian knives: Chinese, Japanese, Korean. Some Western. An outdated picture of my block:
    http://www.physics.uq.edu.au/people/nieminen/block_small.jpg
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