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  1. In my experience, inexpensive soft stainless is...

    In my experience, inexpensive soft stainless is simply more difficult to sharpen. It is less forgiving if your angle isn't consistent and small mistakes require more repair. Some cheap, soft...
  2. I think that cheap stainless is great to practice...

    I think that cheap stainless is great to practice on, but I wouldn't start off that way. Learn to crawl on some cheap, straight carbon first. -my 2 cents.
  3. The first knives that I practiced sharpening on...

    The first knives that I practiced sharpening on were just my old stainless steel knives that I had laying around. I don't recommend this as a starting point; soft stainless steel simply doesn't get...
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    Let me start off by saying that the general...

    Let me start off by saying that the general wisdom on steak knives is to save your money for better steaks. Chicago Cutlery Walnut Traditions is a great buy.

    That said, Butch Harner is an...
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    A handful of members at the old forum had custom...

    A handful of members at the old forum had custom Kramer's back when they were merely very expensive. From what I recall, most reviews were very positive. There were quite a few reviews discussing...
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    I've read a fair number of people posting here...

    I've read a fair number of people posting here that you probably can't tell much of a difference between any of the white and blue steels. My only experience with White #1 is a Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan suji...
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    Ok, so you want a carbon steel, 240mm Wa-handled...

    Ok, so you want a carbon steel, 240mm Wa-handled gyuto that isn't anemic for under $200 (or there about). Here are some suggestions from different forum approved vendors:

    $135 - Gesshin Uraku...
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    Looking over the survey you filled out, it looks...

    Looking over the survey you filled out, it looks like your main concerns are a knife that will get sharper easier and hold it's edge longer than whatever you currently have. The fact is, every knife...
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    I'm assuming that you are looking for your...

    I'm assuming that you are looking for your secondary bevel to be a micro bevel.

    From your post, it sounds like you are forming your primary with the 500 and 1200, but then jumping to create a...
  10. Thread: N ubatama knvies

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    The problem is with the vendor, not necessarily...

    The problem is with the vendor, not necessarily the maker. ThEoRy's comment is only a slight exaggeration of the marketing that the vendor in question has placed on this product line.
  11. Thread: Site down?

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    Well, it's down again.

    Well, it's down again.
  12. I recommend that you get a loupe or pocket...

    I recommend that you get a loupe or pocket microscope and take a look at your edge. I have something similar to the Carson MM-200. With that you should be able to see if you have multiple bevels or...
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    Fake! That photo was shopped!

    Fake! That photo was shopped!
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    FYI... The Suisin Inox Honyaki set the bar for...

    FYI... The Suisin Inox Honyaki set the bar for laser stainless gyuto's and it's within your $400 budget. However I haven't seen it recommended very much in the past few years; there are simply much...
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    $400 is plenty to get both stones and a knife. ...

    $400 is plenty to get both stones and a knife.

    This is a great set of sharpening stones:

    http://www.japaneseknifesharpeningstore.com/Dave-Martell-set-sharpening-stones-p/set1dmcore.htm

    There...
  16. Whatever is within your budget and catches your...

    Whatever is within your budget and catches your eye.


    If you go carbon, put a coat of camellia oil on it to protect from rust. That includes the exposed core of clad carbon blades. Stainless...
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    Since you only plan to break the knife out for...

    Since you only plan to break the knife out for serving, I would recommend stainless; plan on a way to clean and dry the knife when it will sit at the table.

    Do you plan on putting your meats on a...
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    If you didn't have time to read the entire thread...

    If you didn't have time to read the entire thread on Moritaka, you should at least look at this post Many, but not all, Moritaka knives are reported to have overgrinds. Dave reported that 7/10...
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    I am not going to disagree with Justin; if you...

    I am not going to disagree with Justin; if you like leaving lower-grit scratches in your progression, then that's great.

    I just want to add that if you prefer to remove all of the previous stones...
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    Bester 1200, with my Suehiro Rika 5K a close...

    Bester 1200, with my Suehiro Rika 5K a close second.



    I've used a Natural Mountain Blue Aoto ($75 from EE) between my Bester 1200 and my Takenoko 8K (6K). I've also tried it between the Bester...
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    This site has the greatest concentration of...

    This site has the greatest concentration of knowledge regarding kitchen knives and kitchen knife sharpening on the internet, which is why I look here for reviews and advice. I appreciated the few...
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    I don't think that comparing Mark to Walmart is...

    I don't think that comparing Mark to Walmart is fair to Walmart. Although Walmart sells some low quality house-branded items, everyone knows that they are lower quality and they charge a lower price...
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    Mostly curiosity. There are certain stones that...

    Mostly curiosity. There are certain stones that I would not buy from that site because I know that they didn't do their own research on them and I have spent a couple of extra dollars at other sites...
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    You are absolutely right that retailers will push...

    You are absolutely right that retailers will push their own products. However, some retailers invest time and money to test their products, others do not. I've been around long enough to form my...
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    I wrote "that which shall not be named" because...

    I wrote "that which shall not be named" because any attempt to name the line of stones that I'm referring to or the place that sells them is replaced with ***** on this site. I can understand not...
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