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    Canada's Sharpest Lefty Lefty's Avatar
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    My Carter Arrived!

    The Carter is hanging quite nicely next to my Fujiwara FKH petty, and Misono Moly gyuto (240 Misono and Konosuke don't fit on my rack!)
    I'll give you a quick review in a couple days, but my question is this...do I ride out the edge put on by Murray, and use it until it actually needs sharpening, or do I make it mine, and go king stone (ā la Murray, wet/dry, 6k suita on it? I must say, the edge OOTB is insane. I think it's the most aggressive edge I've felt on a knife (Pierre's factory edge was close, but this thing is nuts!)
    What would you guys do?
    Here's the obligatory pic, taken on my phone, in poor lighting.

    09/06

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    Use the OOTB edge for a while, and then put your own edge on it...
    Or, if you really want to go nuts, sharpen half the knife, and then compare your half against what MC put on it.

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    Handle question for ya, and this isn't a slam on MC's work, but this photo reminded me that the top of wa handles are really kinda... open. Does this bother any of you that like the wa handles? And, does the health department in many of your East Coast restaurants have any problem with this? Just curious.
    -M

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Rader View Post
    Handle question for ya, and this isn't a slam on MC's work, but this photo reminded me that the top of wa handles are really kinda... open. Does this bother any of you that like the wa handles? And, does the health department in many of your East Coast restaurants have any problem with this? Just curious.
    -M
    I've never seen a health inspector look, glance at or inspect any knives. They have too many other things to be looking for, and each one doesnt even look for the same stuff as the others. It is like they all cover the big items/basics, and then pick a few more things to check for. Like I had one inspector who would always check the inside of the finger wells you use to open drawers and coolers, and I have never had another inspector even seem to notice that stuff.
    "God sends meat and the devil sends cooks." - Thomas Deloney

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    It does bother a lot of people. Many makers, particularly on their higher end lines, seal those opening with epoxy. I prefer them not to be sealed with epoxy and to seal them with beeswax so they can be removed when the knife needs a full polish. The "entry level" lines that Murray sells have handles more like this - his high grade series are epoxied and/or otherwise sealed.

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    Yup, what Joe said!
    It bugs the hell out of me, but I'm going to seal it with beeswax until I get a new handle on there.
    It's useable for the time being, but it's oversized, plain and awfully utilitarian.
    I still couldn't pass it up!
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    sharpness test videos!

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    Interesting. What does yours say between the Carter and the W? A friend and I just got in twin 240's and they are both missing that stuff and one is about 30% thicker than the other.. Is that the SFGZ line? Ours also appear to have deeper hammer marks, esp the thick one. I guess that makes sense...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Rader View Post
    Handle question for ya, and this isn't a slam on MC's work, but this photo reminded me that the top of wa handles are really kinda... open. Does this bother any of you that like the wa handles? And, does the health department in many of your East Coast restaurants have any problem with this? Just curious.
    -M
    It bothers me big time. That is why I like the hidden tangs used by the knife makers here. It just looks cleaner and more finished.
    "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." --Albert Einstein

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    Congratulations Lefty, I can't wait to read your review.

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