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  1. Thread: J-Nat Club

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    Sticky: I have a stone that looks very similar to that. ...

    I have a stone that looks very similar to that. I can't remember if it was an aizu or ikarashi, or sold as an "unknown" stone, but it's a very good one. Finer than the few ikarashi I've tried, yet...
  2. Thread: J-Nat Club

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    Sticky: Andrey - was that the shobu from aframes? I had...

    My latest Shobu Iromono,for example, performs as a God :)
    No, really, it'a big one, really fine and quite hard. IMHO, finess / hardness is almost perfect.
    Not for stainless, but really great on...
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    Koppa just refers to the size. There's just as...

    Koppa just refers to the size. There's just as much variation among hakka koppa stones as there is among larger hakka stones (not all hakka are created equal, and not all of them are great). There...
  4. Thread: J-Nat Club

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    Sticky: Bill, I've used Bulleye brand Shellac and it was...

    Bill, I've used Bulleye brand Shellac and it was pretty easy to clean and created a waterproof seal. You can pick up a tin just about anywhere for under 10 bucks.
  5. Thread: J-Nat Club

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    Sticky: Ahah. Yes. I have the unfortunate problem of...

    Ahah. Yes. I have the unfortunate problem of storage space for my jnats... I can't hide them from my boss for much longer...
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    Everyone should have a hakka! or three ...

    Everyone should have a hakka! or three :thumbsup:
  7. Thread: J-Nat Club

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    Sticky: There are lots of options out there. The...

    There are lots of options out there. The challenge is that there could be a lot of variability even within the same mine. That's where having Maxim or another trusted vendor helps to test out the...
  8. Thread: J-Nat Club

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    Sticky: The Tsushima works alright, but if my stone is...

    The Tsushima works alright, but if my stone is any indication, it's a fairly high grit stone. My specimen isn't particularly fast either. It might be useful for removing the scratches from a...
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    Is that a kiridashi or kogatana? In either case,...

    Is that a kiridashi or kogatana? In either case, is the bevel flat or convexed?
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    I'm in. Welcome Tosho!

    I'm in. Welcome Tosho!
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    Doh. I was scrounging up pennies to buy this...

    Doh. I was scrounging up pennies to buy this stone and now the cat is out of the bag! :curse:

    Or maybe I have to buy both the knife and the stone...
  12. Thread: J-Nat Club

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    Sticky: What is Kiita?

    Here are some of my stones that *might* be kiita:
    http://i.imgur.com/rrmVYGt.jpg?1
    "kiita" roughly translates to yellow plate or something like that, but I've read that it ranges from lime green to...
  13. Thread: J-Nat Club

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    Sticky: I saw that Nakayama on the website and I was...

    I saw that Nakayama on the website and I was ready to buy it... then I realized it was sold! :curse:

    I've been trying to get my hands on a nice nakayama kiita but no luck yet. Much of what's out...
  14. I forgot to mention. The first time I got a duty...

    I forgot to mention. The first time I got a duty invoice I ignored it (as I've done in the past with UPS). DHL sent my bill to collections. Total due was around 40 bucks.


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  15. Hey Jon -- which HTS code do you use on synthetic...

    Hey Jon -- which HTS code do you use on synthetic and natural stones?

    I did a search of the USITC website (http://hts.usitc.gov/) and came up with the following categories (Sorry it's hard to read...
  16. DHL invoice after getting a JNS shipment in the US?

    There's technically a duty on kitchen knives, but not one on sharpening stones. For some reason, USPS almost never imposes a duty, but I've gotten a customs duty for some international packages...
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    Here's my experience with the two: The XXC is...

    Here's my experience with the two:

    The XXC is bigger (more surface area) and heavier. The XXC wore somewhat unevenly when being used to flatten stones. After a few months of use, there were...
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    I had both an DMT XXC and Atoma 140 and the...

    I had both an DMT XXC and Atoma 140 and the scratch pattern from the atoma was much more even than the XXC. I no longer have the XXC. I bought an additional Atoma 400 replacement sheet and mounted...
  19. Thread: medium jnats?

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    It's really hard to say how long it takes to get...

    It's really hard to say how long it takes to get a fresh edge... it depends on how thick the knife is BTE and what kind of steel. I'm just a home cook, so my knives rarely need to go down to a...
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    Best way to have some fun is to buy them all :D...

    Best way to have some fun is to buy them all :D

    But then you have too many stones and not enough time to try them. I think I like my binsui a little more than my ikarashi because it cuts faster....
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    Wide bevels are just more fun to sharpen, and...

    Wide bevels are just more fun to sharpen, and they’re easier to maintain behind the edge, once you get past the initial unevenness in the bevel. It’s also easier to maintain the finish on the knife....
  22. I have no business wanting something like that,...

    I have no business wanting something like that, but I do!

    I might have to burn it for warmth when my wife kicks me out to the doghouse though.
  23. Thread: J-Nat Club

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    Sticky: No no, I'm the one who has to live with piles of...

    No no, I'm the one who has to live with piles of rocks to remind me of my issues...
  24. Thread: J-Nat Club

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    Sticky: Atago Family Picture

    Here are my stones from Atagoyama (maybe)

    https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-JID_IF_iRr8/UpkZVh9SnGI/AAAAAAAAAK8/V9LjrLhO90c/w921-h614-no/DSC_8925.JPG

    Red aoto, green aoto, green nakato, green...
  25. Thread: jnat question

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    I've also heard anecdotally that there are a fair...

    I've also heard anecdotally that there are a fair number of fakes floating around. I, for one, don't have the experience or skill to distinguish a fake from a real one.


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