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Thread: dexter russel 25 dollar yanagiba LOL

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    dexter russel 25 dollar yanagiba LOL

    So I was talking to one of my reps at work about getting a few house knives and I came across these dexter russel yanagis for 25 bucks and ordered two of them for fun. When they finally arrived about a month later, after I had given up hope, I got one out and started using it. It had a surprisingly good edge and after 1000/6000 combi stone the thing was screaming. I decided to take one home and give it a little spa treatment and see how good I could get the edge.

    I got the thing mirrored out and super sharp. I removed a painted on handle coating and sanded down the handle to match the ferrule size and soaked it in linseed oil. I also took an electric sander with a 100 grit sand paper to the entire knife to remove the hideous "Dexter Japan" crap stamp from it. I rounded out the choil for a more comfortable fit and I am starting to actually really like it. I am quite ashamed to say that this is the first single bevel knife I've ever owned. None the less, I had a fun time playing with it and tweaking it into what it is now. I am not 100% sure on what kind of steel it is. All I could find was a site saying it is stain resistant carbon steel. I took it to a 2000/5000 and stropped on two high balsa woods and here are the results....

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    and yeah, thats the cardboard saya I made out of a demi loaf box... I love it!

    Having this knife REALLY makes me want to try out some more single bevels. It is so much fun to play with and cut fish with it. I could only imagine how nice it would be if I had a quality knife to use.

    Brad

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    Don't underestimate the fact that you like this knife. The fact you get a more expensive one won't mean that you use it as much. I still use my forschner more than anything else in my roll, just because I like it.. and I don't have to worry about it, like, at all.

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    you're right about not having to worry about it. I could care less if someone grabbed it and cut a plastic bag or a box with it. its so cheap! I think its pretty cool but the handle is just terrible.

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    if anyone has any good tips on how to make the handle better id like to hear them

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    You could have posted this for sale as an "unknown" yanagi and probably got $50 for it!

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    I feel like the 2 hours of work I put into it are worth more than 50 dollars lol

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    Now you can try your first rehandle

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    And they have a Deba for $22 - might be worth tryin' one and those look perfect for a fishing trip.

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    I really like the saya!

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    Is it a true single bevel with a ura ground into the back side? Most of the cheaper yanagibas that I've seen had a very small micro bevel on the backside and no ura.
    Don't touch my d!ck. Dont touch my knife. ~ Anthony Bourdain ~

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