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    Straightening Block/Stick

    I have an old Yanagi that I want to practice sharpening on before I go at the one I bought from Jon at JKI.

    I've taken it to the stones a few times before, but the tip is stubbornly bent enough to be a pain in the a**. I've tried to straighten it by hand, but it still isn't how I'd like it.

    I know people probably have DIY straightening blocks, and I think Dave used to sell them, but does anyone have design suggestions or know of vendors that sell them. Dave??

    I found this link below, but $80 seems a bit high unless it is really a lot better product.

    http://www.yamashoinc.com/supply/kit.../yss/index.htm

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    Mark at CKTG sells a copy of that one.

    You can also make one yourself. A simple broomstick handle with a notch cut in it works wonders. Careful with tips though - snappy stuff.

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    Yeah, after I posted this I saw Mark's version, but $55 still seems high for this simple item.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr drinky View Post
    Yeah, after I posted this I saw Mark's version, but $55 still seems high for this simple item.

    k.
    But it's made from real Wisconsin oak.

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    The best version I made was from an oak dowel I scored for like $4 at Home Depot that I cut a notch into. Trust me folks - low tech works here.


    Here's a pimped out low tech dowel version I made once, I gave it away to someone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr drinky View Post
    Yeah, after I posted this I saw Mark's version, but $55 still seems high for this simple item.

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    Send me a PM, I can make you a simple one for free, just pay for the shipping. White oak, possibly from North East.


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    If you can't make one from those pictures, you deserve to pay $80.00!!
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    Sorry, that was uncalled for. It's that Lagunitas Undercover Shutdown!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    Send me a PM, I can make you a simple one for free, just pay for the shipping. White oak, possibly from North East.


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    Marko, would you want pics and measurements for the one Mark sells?

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