Came home from Australia today to find a Boardsmith board (Carolina Maple Slab), a 240mm Gesshin Ginga wa-gyuto, and the 2k Gesshin stone.
First off, let me say, holy bleep that knife is sharp.
Also, pics tomorrow as my camera is out of juice!
The knife is super light, thin, and is very nice. The board is rock solid and awesome.
So tonight, using an old Global G2 I used to use, I practiced sharpening. Here's my thoughts so far...
Sharpening is not easy! I soaked the stone for a bit, flattened it, and get it prepped. Started sharpening, and after watching Jon's videos a trillion times, I'm a bit confused. Material is not coming off as fast as I thought. Maybe not enough pressure? It seems like Jon isn't pressing hard, but I am. Secondly, angle stability. I seem to wobble a bit. And with the whole , push with the 2/3 fingers and pressure part, I can't seem to push/pull without using my angle hand. Finally, my edge at the heel is definitely way sharper than anything after the curve starts.
Guess I need to practice a lot more!