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    Fixing the grind.

    I bought a lightly used Richmond Ultimatum in 240mm stainless a couple of weeks back (NOT on KKF). The thing is crazy sharp, but I noticed that it "felt funny" when cutting onions.

    I've been sharpening for decades, but recently discovered the need to thin one's knives, I decided that this one could use some, particularly toward the tip. As I began working, I discovered that the grind of this knife in the secondary bevel was nowhere near flat.

    I'm putting the work in to correct the issue, and am taking my time. The high vs low areas in the grind are striking. I showed a pic to a friend of mine who makes custom knives. He was shocked as well.

    Is this common among some makers of "Japanese styled" knives? My much maligned Shuns and Wusthofs seem to have far better quality, at least in the grinding.

    Am I missing something?
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    Richmond knives have a poor reputation here because of this sort of issues. I understand that they happen with other makers too, just not so often or so severely.

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    Thanks. I'd seen some pretty rough reviews for it in here.

    Let's just say it's gonna be "a different animal". When in done with it. I have good tools and reasonably good form.

    It'll be a Richmond-Batey Custom. LOL!!

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    Hopefully not the m390; that steel takes forever to move. The grind was pretty wonky for the one I got the gf. Left side was perfect and right side had a few interesting concavities. Had it professionally fixed and after a few sharpenings, it's quite a very good knife.

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    It's the 19C27, but is still getting its "pound of flesh" to get sorted.

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    It was made by a robot at Lamson Goodnow. Robots only do what they're told.

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    Somebody stuttered when they told the robot that made mine.

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    Great learning experience fixing this. I love how you can feel it on the stone when the bevel is evening out

    It ain't pretty, but it's wicked sharp and cuts quite well.

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    Time to get out the wet dry paper and micro mesh pads

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    Yep. Cleaned it up on the stones some.

    Decided to quit while I was ahead for the evening.


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