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....
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.