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    lovely pictures. =D

    if only they came in wa. got way too many western handled knives as it is. lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benuser View Post
    Very nice pix indeed. About your concern regarding the edge near the heel: are you sure it is not the blade getting thicker? In which case forcing a visually even bevel could cause an overgrind.
    Can you elaborate more on this? It's something I've been struggling with in regards to keeping a consistent bevel. I'm now worried I'm over grinding a lot of my heels... Don't mean to derail the thread btw, sorry...
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    This is the best "first purchase" update thread I've ever seen. Fantastic photographs!

    Glad you're pleased with your new knife. What does your girlfriend think of it?

    The first purchase decision is difficult, the second much easier, and the third even easier still.

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    I think many here would love a tutorial from you on how to get such great shots of their knives. Great work with such simple tools.

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    The OP convinced me there was a small part at the heel that is actually unsharpened. But in general, it's quite dangerous to look just for an even bevel and ignore the distal taper. Take a micometer. And when sharpening, stop when the burr has been raised and ignore cosmetics.
    Quote Originally Posted by brainsausage View Post
    Can you elaborate more on this? It's something I've been struggling with in regards to keeping a consistent bevel. I'm now worried I'm over grinding a lot of my heels... Don't mean to derail the thread btw, sorry...

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    I'm glad you are happy with your first purchase! As others have noted, your pictures are excellent -- I wish I had a decent camera and the skills to take some macros of my 240 CN, so that you could see the difference between the geometry of a stock vs thinned out blade.

    Once you get sharpening down, I promise you'll appreciate that knife even more. I have both thinner and heftier knives, but the Carbonext is a great sweet spot right in the middle...what I would use if I cooked in a pro kitchen for a living.

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    the kikuichi TKC just increased in price. the 270mm gyuto went from $199 to $239. thats almost $100 more than the carbonext in the same size. ill definitely take the carbonext.

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    kikuichi vs carbonext price for value, carbonext for me also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitbud View Post
    I think many here would love a tutorial from you on how to get such great shots of their knives. Great work with such simple tools.
    Hi Mitbud,

    I don't really know that there is much to say, but I shall try.

    The photos were taken on a small Canon S90. This is a point and shoot pocket camera that has the ability to manual focus and also to set your own ISO and adjust exposure by a couple of stops either way. What I did was simply to put the camera into manual focus mode and focus it down as close as is possible, and then leave it there. I also used an 8X loupe, and basically just held the loupe right in front of the lens. Focusing was done by simply moving the camera/loupe towards and away from the knife until the focus was where I wanted it [or as near as dammit]. The ISO was set to the lowest setting (80 in this case - basically* the lower the number the higher quality the files will be). The quality of the light is also very important in getting good photographs. The light I used was a small desktop print viewing lamp, which puts out a daylight balanced light. The knife was probably about 8 inches away from the light source. [Taking photos under normal household lights lends a reddish tinge to shots.] Most people wont have one of these lights, so perhaps you could try a good light from a window (not direct light - diffuse, or northern light is best) and use white paper to reflect more light on to the knife, and/or to use as background (lack of background distractions also helps)

    If you don't have a camera that you can set to manual focus, you can probably do it with auto focus, but it will involve trial and error and is more annoying I imagine.

    It's not that hard really - main thing is to make sure it is well lit and be aware of what the reflections on the blade/edge are doing. Also take lots of photos, and edit down to your best ones. Experiment! Look forward to seeing some results, and happy to offer advice if you have any questions.

    R

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    Exceptional photos. Nice knife too
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