I just sharpened mine and now it cuts so smooth that I can see what all the fuss is about. Its very reactive though, gotta force a strong patina and putting on an olivewood handle.
hehe now i am very amazed when some say that Shig is very reactive compered to others.
First i have never thought so my self and i used quite many knives and use shigs every day.
Second Shig use same carbon cladding iron as all other blacksmiths.
So i dont know if it his polish ? or becose knife not sealed with lacquer like some other blacksmiths do to they carbon knives, Maybe
But anyway i never had a problem with that reactivity and i am NOT the cleanest person. I mean i dont wipe after every cut etc.
Also i did not notice any difference in reactivity between Kitaeji or Kasumi
mine seemingly reacts very quickly. i was julienning potato strings with it last night and it started to rust within seconds after putting the knife down. then again i had literally just took a lot of metal off via thinning/sharpening the night before and this was its first use since that point. it smells quite a bit too, but it doesnt rub off on the food smell nor color so that's good.
maxim, quick question, do you think you could draw a picture of the correct tang hole size to do a rehandle of a shig 240 kasumi?
They all very quite a lot and i dont have one on me right now
how about just a rough guess on thickness and height?
I will get some tomorrow and will post the size for you
Nice guys, using my own post against me. Guess that serves me right huh. funny
Shigs react quickly - actually I've always accepted this as a rule, but thinking again I'm not so sure.
Remembering my gyuto, it seemed the case at first. When I thinned and polished again it still seemed reactive, but not really as much as at first. Then soon enough it didn't really become an issue. So in my experience, I'm not sure if it was expectations or reality, but reality didn't seem to be as bad as I'd thought it might.
Maybe it's the reputation, and also the overall feel, but with both my Shigs I've felt a bit more protective, and so maybe more worried about reactivity than I should.
Yep i think actually the same But i might be wrong.
Originally Posted by Patatas Bravas
Maybe its how i use them or maybe because i dont use any SS at all but In my experience anyway that they are not more reactive then any other carbon knives
The polish - that might be a good point.
Originally Posted by maxim
As you know, Maxim, I have a Kato gyuto and I've polished it. In fact, I've tried to polish off some of the fine grind marks that run from the spine to the edge to give it a bit of a finer finish, and I've found that after it became a bit more reactive even though I hadn't removed any patina.
Also - I can't remember where from - but I recall a video clip where a knife was being finished with a certain pattern of polish, and the idea was that it would be less reactive that way. Wish I could remember more.
At any rate, I haven't seen posts on this in the past so I'm wondering if, regardless of the cladding steel used, if certain polish techniques and fine scratch patterns might affect reactivity in non-obvious ways. Perhaps the Shig polish, as nice as it looks, makes it a bit more prone to react?