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    we are tring to build a custom maker base thats ok with making sure dave gives the thumbs up that way if you see it on daves site you know its good to go even sight un seen

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    it seems to me that finding out a knife can be too thin means that you are where you should be, regarding the knives that aren't quite too thin.

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    You know, I often feel like the way you should salt a dish you make a lot is to keep putting salt into it until you can taste the salt, toss that one, and stop before it gets there. You want as much salt as you can use to wake up the flavors, but you never want to taste the salt!

    I think it's the same with thinness, and it's great that you managed to do something I've never heard of! Now you can confidently say when a knife is ground "as thin as possible".

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    I guess I don't totally understand the issue. How can you not sharpen it if its too thin. Safety razors are as thin as thin can be and you can sharpen them. Are these blades thinner than that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockbox View Post
    I guess I don't totally understand the issue. How can you not sharpen it if its too thin. Safety razors are as thin as thin can be and you can sharpen them. Are these blades thinner than that?
    Actually they are thinner than that, by about two-thirds.
    The issue is that sharpening with stones requires some pressure and the edge flexes, which makes it difficult to maintain a consistant angle.
    I sharpened them with a belt and stropped them and that requires much less pressure, so in the excitement of preparing for the show I did not notice. My bad.
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    This show's Delbert to be a stand up guy. There are some folks that would just let the criticism roll around and hope it is forgotten. To step up to the plate and take charge shows me that we are dealing with true professionals.

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    I'm curious to see the "corrected" versions of these knives. God knows I love me a narrow gyuto.

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    I don't have issues getting mine sharp. I'm a sectional guy and my fingers generally stay over the stone. One of my issues with the thinness is when cutting at a fast pace. I apply lateral pressure to the blade, so when the blade clears the product it naturally will run into my knuckle which is placed over the next cut. If the blade flexes too much it springs hard against my knuckle and affects the method. (And your chance of getting cut increases.) It's also harder to control. I like to know exactly where the knife is going and with a flexible knife it adds another factor to consider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delbert Ealy View Post
    Actually they are thinner than that, by about two-thirds.
    The issue is that sharpening with stones requires some pressure and the edge flexes, which makes it difficult to maintain a consistant angle.
    I sharpened them with a belt and stropped them and that requires much less pressure, so in the excitement of preparing for the show I did not notice. My bad.
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    Holy Moly!!! As Salty says, I could still probably sharpen it, but the flex when cutting would kill me. The suji I made is about .6 mm near the tip and it flexes a little too much for my liking. My knife and sharpening skills are mediocre.
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    Gyutos-fixed let me know what you think

    I reprofiled these and also worked on the handles a bit, narrowed them down.

    I also did some test cutting with everthing I could potatoes, onions, peppers, tomatoes, celery, sweet potatoes, bacon and cubing a round steak for stew. Oh and a cantaloupe, no twisting in the food and it still feels like a laser.
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