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    I tried this a few times after I was frustrated...

    I tried this a few times after I was frustrated when handles loosened up while working on them. Then one time I accidentally dinged the blade while working on the handle.... abandoned this approach...
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    Devin's definitely right ... expansion is the...

    Devin's definitely right ... expansion is the biggest problem when sanding combined wood and metal. This said, heat also softens epoxy very quickly. When I'm working handles with metal spacers, I've...
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    That looks great!!! You sure used the cocobolo...

    That looks great!!! You sure used the cocobolo well to show of it's grain and color variation. What a great way to bring back a whole new life to a knife!

    -daniel
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    The Hinouras were a real highlight of the sale...

    The Hinouras were a real highlight of the sale for me. He is much better known in Europe than in the US. We priced them at a loss for the sale hoping them to get into some good hands. I'm pleased...
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    @Lucretia - I can't wait to hear your thoughts on...

    @Lucretia - I can't wait to hear your thoughts on the Mareko Maumasi. I am really excited that he is finding a voice in creating new knives ... He really has done a fantastic job both bringing in the...
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    @kannamaster, I use steel wool only after I have...

    @kannamaster, I use steel wool only after I have applied several coats of super-thin cyano. This seals all the pores, making the steel wool not get caught in the grains. This might be why I don't...
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    You might want to consider a honesuki shape...

    You might want to consider a honesuki shape (albeit ambidextrous). It's not so different from your design, and an incredibly useful utility.

    A good example of a honesuki can be seen here:
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  8. That is a pretty one! Great lines! -daniel

    That is a pretty one! Great lines!

    -daniel
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    We work on shipping beginning Monday morning. If...

    We work on shipping beginning Monday morning. If there are multiple orders at the time that we're working on a particular order, we'll combine those automatically and adjust the shipping down. If...
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    BladeGallery's Epicurean Edge Cyber Monday sale...

    BladeGallery's Epicurean Edge Cyber Monday sale is up and running as of about an hour ago. I think it is going to be our best sale yet, with even a wider selection and even some deeper discounts. We...
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    As I was leaving, I saw that someone Washington...

    As I was leaving, I saw that someone Washington bought one of the new Maumasi knives (which are quickly becoming among my favorites). Was that you? If so, I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it!
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  12. Shigefusa has told me that the core material is...

    Shigefusa has told me that the core material is also different between his suminagashi and kasumi-yaki pieces. It is possible that he has also changed cladding materials over time.
  13. Jim Arbuckle's technique (Part II) -- pick heavy

    Sorry for the delay in getting the next set out ... I've been having trouble getting the pictures to attach correctly. You can see more of Journeyman Smith Jim Arbuckle's work here:
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    What many folks may not realize is that virtually...

    What many folks may not realize is that virtually no kitchen knife maker in Japan makes their own handles. There are four-ish handle makers in Japan that produce 99% of the knife handles that we...
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  16. The making of a chef's knife - Jim Arbuckle's technique (PIC Heavy!!)

    I've asked a few of the makers that we work with to show their techniques of making chef's knives. Below, Jim Arbuckle shows his technique with a knife we've just posted:...
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    It sounds about right that the MAC black rod is...

    It sounds about right that the MAC black rod is in the vicinity of 2000 grit. The problem is the abrasive grooves going along the sides of the rod. Unless you're extremely careful, you will always...
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    I've tried a bunch of the ceramic rods over the...

    I've tried a bunch of the ceramic rods over the years.

    I was very excited about the MAC black rod when it first came out. The construction was pretty different than a standard ceramic rod (it was...
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    What's up with that?? It Pacojets seem like such...

    What's up with that?? It Pacojets seem like such a great idea, but it seems that everyone that I talk to that uses them has similar comments: the first half of the sentence is usually about them...
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    Really elegant rehandle! -daniel

    Really elegant rehandle!

    -daniel
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    Hi Mike - It was really fun to meet you and...

    Hi Mike -

    It was really fun to meet you and your wife. I'm glad that you're enjoying the knives that you got. The Murata is a fun find. It's always fun to show folks around the shop, but even more...
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    ChucktheButcher has several Burke knives and so...

    ChucktheButcher has several Burke knives and so will be able to a good side by side comparison! I've been amazed in my testing of SG2 vs 52100 -- both with Bill's heat treatment. The SG2 is an...
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    Thanks for the compliments! This was a fun...

    Thanks for the compliments! This was a fun project. I have a tremendous enthusiasm for older carbon steel pieces ... it is sort of the heyday of the American classic chef's knife. It's also fun since...
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    I think multiple speeds is absolutely essential...

    I think multiple speeds is absolutely essential ... without it, it is too easy to burn wood, overheat blades, or just mess up too easily. A disk sander is nice, but multi (or variable) speed is...
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    It's great to have you on board Aaron! Your...

    It's great to have you on board Aaron! Your chef's knives have become amazing over the years and it will be great to have more people here get a chance to play with them!

    -daniel
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