it does not look straight to me... also, laying a knife flat on something else flat does not always indicate a straight or not straight blade... there are a number of ways something can be not straight. In the second picture you can clearly see the bend that is causing your hole in the middle of your blade. It doesnt seem like it exists along the spine, making it a much more difficult bend to fix.
It is definitely a problem since the gaps just make it annoying knife to work with: when trying needle cuts for example, the needles aren't completely separated from each other.
I've took some additional photos from the side of the blade, but I find it hard to take good pictures that show how straight or bent it is.
If there's a bend, I don't see it, 2nd photo looks pretty straight to me (I think the reflection of the darker wood grain is causing an optical illusion). If it is bent, something that subtle wouldn't be enough to cause the hole. How much have you sharpened it? I suspect you're spending too much time on the middle of the blade.
im having a similar problem sharpening my gesshin uraku kama usuba. ive found a high spot in mine and would like some direction. preferably from jon.
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Hi All, thanks for all the replies. I realize it is very hard to show if it's straight or not.
I guess JBroida & Maxim refer to the bend shown in this photo:
My inexperienced eye would say the main bevel/blade is definitely not straight in a sense that the edge has high and low parts as indicated in the first post. If this is caused by a bend of the whole blade in the "left-right direction" is hard for me to say (see cartoon). It is even harder to take a good and clear photo.
Cartoon: it is definitely not 'up-down-straight', but so far it seems 'left-right-straight' to me:
I haven't really sharpened it that much, I guess it pretty much arrived like this. I'll try to sharpen/reshape it is little more (after all I purchased this as a practice usuba), and I'll keep you up-to-date.
Ah, ok. I get it now. Yeah, it is noticeable. Hard to see for me, but you're right.
So basically I guess there isn't anything I can do to fix this type of bended knife, right? I guess flattening it out using a large bench vice would't do the trick? ;-)