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    making a knife length shorter

    This unusual idea came up in my mind this evening;
    I have a 330mm kensaki yanagi. I feel it is too long and like to make it shorter by cutting a 3~5cm off from the blade and like to make a small cutting tool with the cut-off 3~5cm blade also.
    What is the best tool for doing it? I imagine some sort of water cool industrial quality cutting tool. :-)
    Where can I send it to if someone can do it?

    Thanks K

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    IMO this sounds like a bad idea all around... Pop it up on BST and buy a shorter one if you can. But I would go with a hacksaw for the iron and a hammer to snap the steel if I was going to go through with it. Bear in mind that the ura will be all messed up no matter how you do it.

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    Will you not have to then rework the whole tip profile, shinogi and redo the Ura?

    Sell it and buy a shorter knife or see if someone has one to trade.

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    Just keep sharpening it and over time it will shorten.
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    LOL. Thanks for your input!!
    If there's a way for a clean cut, the backside would be ok.
    Of course, the tip needs a little care after but not major.
    I will think about selling it.
    Thanks again.

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    what squilliam said.

    post it on the BST and buy a shorter one.

    =D

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    Quote Originally Posted by orange View Post
    This unusual idea came up in my mind this evening;
    I have a 330mm kensaki yanagi. I feel it is too long and like to make it shorter by cutting a 3~5cm off from the blade and like to make a small cutting tool with the cut-off 3~5cm blade also.
    What is the best tool for doing it? I imagine some sort of water cool industrial quality cutting tool. :-)
    Where can I send it to if someone can do it?
    Thanks K
    The simplest way to cut a hardened steel, is to use an angle grinder with a cut-off disk. It will generate some heat, so you will probably need to grind off discolored area around the cut line. If there is a distal taper on the blade, you are likely to lose much of it, and end up with a thicker knife. If you want a kensaki tip ground on the shortened knife, whoever does the work, hopefully knows what he is doing.

    In short, I would just sell this knife and buy a shorter one. In my opinion it it is not worth the effort.


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    I think trying to shorten a single bevel knife is akin to making a spanker for your own ass. Sell it and buy or trade it for a shorter one.

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    Agreed. BST is the best way to shorten it. No chance of damage.

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