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  1. Thread: chosera stones

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    Maybe, but as I said, it's the nature of these...

    Maybe, but as I said, it's the nature of these beasts so I wouldn't mess with them too much (aside from a base) and just learn to live with them.

    I'm with Lefty though. I'll never be a fan of...
  2. Thread: chosera stones

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    They come on a base, as standard. The 'odd balls'...

    They come on a base, as standard. The 'odd balls' have no base...

    So yeah, I suppose you could easily mount them on a base of whatever you think is right and proper. ;)

    (I'd probably be lazy...
  3. Thread: King stone info

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    Don't be so hasty. There are two different...

    Don't be so hasty.

    There are two different King Hyper, one soft like the Deluxe, another quite a bit harder and more dish resistant. Chances are, you may have the hard and John has used the soft. ...
  4. Thread: chosera stones

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    They shouldn't be soaked for more than 1 hour due...

    They shouldn't be soaked for more than 1 hour due to the binder used, longer can weaken the magnesia binder and it's not reversible i.e; once it's happened, nothing will fix it.

    Drying needs to...
  5. Yeah, I've got a Hinoki one I butter my toast on...

    Yeah, I've got a Hinoki one I butter my toast on every morning for breakfast...

    And I've also got a small one of the ones mentioned in the OP. Was given it as a wedding present, which was 10 years...
  6. Thread: Drying stones

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    It depends on the stone. Stu.

    It depends on the stone.

    Stu.
  7. Thread: Black garlic

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    First time I had it (this week!) I didn't even...

    First time I had it (this week!) I didn't even know what it was...

    Stuff we have is very sweet, almost kuro-sato like, and the slight garlic kick only comes in after it's down the gullet. Not...
  8. Thread: sad news

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    I can't believe it, but must. Rest in peace...

    I can't believe it, but must.

    Rest in peace KC.

    Stu.
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    Actually, I don't know that it was 'hurting' so...

    Actually, I don't know that it was 'hurting' so much as it was the folks who owned it decided to retire, and the best option available to them was to sell the business to a woodworking company,...
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    A wood planing contest. A bunch of folks from...

    A wood planing contest.

    A bunch of folks from all over Japan get together somewhere every year (alternates between east/west each year, this year west) and try to plane a shaving from a piece of...
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    I don't know if the OP was there, but I was. ...

    I don't know if the OP was there, but I was.

    Wasn't planning on it to be honest, but I was able to take the Saturday off from my day job so we all piled into the car, took the coastal road from...
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    Try this one;...

    Try this one; http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showthread.php/78248-Many-Pics-from-the-Knife-amp-Tool-Festival-in-Miki-Japan-%28MEGA-STEEL!-BE-WARNED!%29

    Miki Kanamono-matsuri.

    Stu.
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    I can't give you a recommendation of which stones...

    I can't give you a recommendation of which stones but...



    ... makes me think you're going to run into the limits of what some stones are capable of dealing with effectively.

    Granted, it's...
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    Bad, bad, BAD idea. I just checked that out,...

    Bad, bad, BAD idea.

    I just checked that out, and there's Kamen Rider, Ultraman and similar on there. The kids have just worked out how to make the mouse work on the computer, so I just know the...
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    くそ! I'm working 8:00-9:00PM on Fridays. ...

    くそ!

    I'm working 8:00-9:00PM on Fridays.

    Might be time to get a recorder of some kind, but maybe not. There's nothing else on TV I actually want to watch, save the odd 'Made in Japan' when...
  16. Nope, Imanishi is out of Kyoto and Suehiro is...

    Nope, Imanishi is out of Kyoto and Suehiro is from Niigata. Both are very similar in that they started out with natural stones and branched into synthetic stones, but the similarity stops there. I...
  17. :idea2: Not terribly feasible to stick two...

    :idea2:

    Not terribly feasible to stick two maker's stones together of course, but Suehiro can probably wangle something with stuff they have kicking around...

    I'll find out this afternoon. :)
    ...
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    Possibly dried out finger tips for me, but that's...

    Possibly dried out finger tips for me, but that's about it.

    Possibly it's the magnesia in the Choseras that doesn't like your skin?

    That's the main difference of Choseras to anything else,...
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    Just a tip when Shaptons run out of bite. Get...

    Just a tip when Shaptons run out of bite.

    Get some slurry worked up on them with a diamond plate, soft steel (mild steel will do) or a scotchbrite pad, make sure the stone is damp and have at it....
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    This. If the blade is hewed from a solid chunk...

    This.

    If the blade is hewed from a solid chunk of steel and heat treated, the toughness/durability of the blade can be estimated to a certain degree.

    Once you take that chunk of steel and...
  21. Thread: Tool steels?

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    Thanks for that, looks interesting. Not...

    Thanks for that, looks interesting.

    Not something I'd follow blindly, but useful info none the less.


    Just to clarify something else...

    The steel itself is the starting point when it comes...
  22. Thread: Tool steels?

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    In simplest terms, anything that is ferrous...

    In simplest terms, anything that is ferrous (iron) based and can be treated in some way to allow it to perform as a 'tool' qualifies it as a 'tool steel'.

    Doesn't mean it qualifies as a 'blade...
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    I don't know if this helps, but... 9039 ...

    I don't know if this helps, but...

    9039

    That was taken with a 'proper' microscope at 400X. Semi-plan 40X objective, 10X wide angle photography 'eyepiece', LED illuminator and through a DSLR...
  24. Thread: This is Madness

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    Meh. See it every day I go to the supermarket....

    Meh.

    See it every day I go to the supermarket. Maybe not every day, but at the moment I do.

    Here's the thing.

    These are presentation fruit, the ones you give as gifts. They've been cared for...
  25. A little birdy told me that it's not just the...

    A little birdy told me that it's not just the exchange rate that might cause price increases...

    Local prices are going up due to two factors.

    #1, steel prices have risen. Adds about 2% to the...
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