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    What amazes me is the separation between the cladding and the inner steel is so visible when using the natural stone and is virtually invisible using the synthetic stone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johndoughy View Post
    Lately I've been thinking about getting into the whole Kasumi finish thing(I just sharpen mine to work, but it's fugly), but I don't have the money(or need) to buy a whole natural stone. Any suggestions on where I can get some fingerstones to make for this kind of finish?
    you can fake it readily with micro-mesh pads and some practice.

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    micromesh never looks the same... you can do a better job making it look similar with a suehiro rika or synthetic aoto

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBroida View Post
    micromesh never looks the same... you can do a better job making it look similar with a suehiro rika or synthetic aoto
    not in my experience, and i've tried a bunch of synthetics (including the synthetic aoto and the rika). it just takes practice with the micro-mesh, like anything else.

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    it doesn't look precisely like good natural stones, but i think both of these blades look pretty good. not a great pic (lights bad in my kitchen, this time of day), and neither knife is fresh, both knives having picked up patina and scratches over the past few months, but i think there is good color and definition. sharpened on synthetic stones, and the base finish was created on a King 800x stone. after that, the cosmetics were finished on micro-mesh in about 10 minutes per knife. you can see where the blade road isn't quite flat on the heel of the yanagi. it's much, much less noticeable in person. i haven't bothered to quite finish it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by EdipisReks View Post
    it doesn't look precisely like good natural stones, but i think both of these blades look pretty good. not a great pic (lights bad in my kitchen, this time of day), and neither knife is fresh, both knives having picked up patina and scratches over the past few months, but i think there is good color and definition. sharpened on synthetic stones, and the base finish was created on a King 800x stone. after that, the cosmetics were finished on micro-mesh in about 10 minutes per knife. you can see where the blade road isn't quite flat on the heel of the yanagi. it's much, much less noticeable in person. i haven't bothered to quite finish it.

    ahh... i see what you're doing. Looks nice. Heres a finish off of a rika:


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    that looks good, too. the micro-mesh is definitely not a complete solution, but they have the advantage of being quick and cheap.

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    the main difference in using synthetics (and micromesh) is that you end up with a visible scratch pattern (especially in the jigane), whereas with naturals, it looks smooth and without scratches

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    no argument here.

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    For folks like me who are not well informed about natural stones (yet), can you compare the stone in your video to the takashima awasedo you sell? $150 seems like a good place to start experimenting, but I'd be going in somewhat blind.

    On another note, is the wobble in that plastic pan hard to deal with? I wonder if a stainless steel pan would eliminate the wobble (unless that's something you want)?

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