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    Project Mizuno

    Talk about a one of a kind!

    This is Shane's 270mm Mizuno gyuto with a blue steel core with (I believe) iron cladding that has been thinned, etched, polished, and upgraded to a new Stefan Keller handle.

    The blade was well used so I was asked to do the full spa treatment to clean & thin it up. After grinding on it some I could see the potential for some neat effects if the blade was etched so I ran the idea past Shane and he said go for it.


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    The handle is African blackwood with a vintage bakelite ferrule & blue mammoth end cap. Nice!







    To get the blade looking the best I could get it meant polishing it pre-etch and then polishing it post-etch as well. Took me 4 attempts before I was satisfied. The result is something that could barely be captured in the pictures, the cladding is a shiny gun metal color while the core steel is a smokey brown/black....looks 100x better in person, you'll have to take my word for that.













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    Very nice!

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    Wow Dave I can't wait to see it in person. Thx a ton. It turned out better than what you were thinking at one point. Again great job.!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crothcipt View Post
    Wow Dave I can't wait to see it in person. Thx a ton. It turned out better than what you were thinking at one point. Again great job.!!!!

    I'm glad that you like it Shane. Hopefully it'll please even more when you get it in your hands. Thanks for the chance to do something different!

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    Really cool; both the thinning and etch job, and the handle.
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    Beautiful Dave! I know the exact colors and effect you mean. In sunlight I bet the 'gunmetal' cladding reflects a microscopic sized rainbow of colors, while the hard edge steel took on a grey/brown/black color. The way you polished it it almost looks like a monosteel blade with a very narrow clay hardening!

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    Wow!

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    beauty!

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    Killer job Dave. Was any of the polishing done on wheels, or all by hand ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrmnms View Post
    Killer job Dave. Was any of the polishing done on wheels, or all by hand ?
    It was done on belts first and then after etch was done on wheels.


    Thanks for the kind words everyone.

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