I've had a 240 yanagiba for years. It's been abused to say the least. So, I've decided to either send it out for refinishing or to clean it up on my own, except for the handle. But, before starting, I had a few questions.
I've read a lot here, and spoken with a number of people, including Jon, about things to look out for in single bevel knives, but haven't really had a chance to see first-hand some of these issues, including the following:
1. Wavy backs;
3. Bent blades; and
4. Grind issues.
I checked out my yanagi a couple of nights ago, and for the most part, it seems ok. I placed the back of the knife on my cutting board, and it the back, from tip to heel, was flat. Is this the way a yanagi is supposed to be? Or should there be a taper?
The grind seemed, for the most part, ok as well. The bevel seems to be even and consistent.
And if any of you could explain twisting, or other issues that you've noticed, I'd greatly appreciate it.