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    A Newb and his knives first day.

    So I received my first batch of stuff today and decided to get to work.

    Tojiro ITK 210 gyuto and 150 petty. Out of the box the finish was a little rough and not as sharp as I expected. They wouldn't cut the hanging paper test although they're still the sharpest knives I've used in the kitchen. I took some vinegar and scrubby sponge to the black finish and it smoothed out but I was still unhappy as it was unevenly coated and missing spots. This wasn't a big deal as I had figured as much.

    So I stripped it off with sand paper levels, like 60, 320, 400, 1k, 1500 which is what I had lying around. Then took the Mother's Billet polish to it that I have for car stuff. While it was getting there, as I was polishing one side the other side was starting to tarnish. Man! that's some fast reaction

    So I decided to go mustard. Don't mind the old wooden cutting board, it's been replaced!




    It didn't come out like I hoped after about 45 mins.





    So back to the mustard for a second try. 30 more mins and I get:



    Better. And after this I decided it was a good starting point and I'll just continue to use them and develop some natural patina.

    Off to the new board and to make some board butter.



    Final days work:


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    Nice board.

    The Tojiro ITKs are known for having some very reactive steel. Hope they work well for you.

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    Just a word about that Catskill board. Don't freak out if it warps on you after a couple of days. Just keep it oiled and it will come back to level after about a week. Can't tell you why they do that but mine did it and I've heard the same thing from others. It's been a great board ever since.

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    I would assume they warp because of the very small and different type of pieces being used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThEoRy View Post
    I would assume they warp because of the very small and different type of pieces being used.
    Very possible, but they seem to be fine once they acclimate.
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    Are you going to sharpen them?

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    I'll keep an eye on the board. Gonna try sharpening them tonight, we'll see how it goes.

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    Very pretty!

    Am loving the cutting board too... I should probably invest in a nice cutting board :x

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