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    Blade finish?

    I've noticed in the not to distant past, conversations about convexing, and food sticking/wedging etc. I am now wondering how blade finish plays with these conditions. If a handrubbed, machine finish/scotch brite, vertical grind lines, scratch patterns running parallel to the spine, mirror finish, satin finish etc, affect cutting, and if choice of finish by someone buying a highend knife, or ordering a custom is determined by asthetics, or if the choice is more about performance. For example Mr Buyer see's Pretty knife... "Ooh its shiny and pretty, I'll take it!" Or is the decision more "Mirror finish is crap, food won't release, I'll buy this one with the forge scale on it."

    What is it that guides your choice, and why? Is the finish more personal taste, or is there more thought into it?

    Thanks in advance!


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    Quote Originally Posted by PierreRodrigue View Post
    For example Mr Buyer see's Pretty knife... "Ooh its shiny and pretty, I'll take it!"
    Best to be honest, this is me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajhuff View Post
    Best to be honest, this is me.

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    Ditto

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    I like a matte finish with a shiny bevel on stainless. Ultra-mirror finish on lasers encourages sticking, but only ob foods that stick anyways. Rough finishes look bad. Forge scale is pretty. Perpendicular scratches look machined, parallel looks handmade.

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    I like a nice clean mirror polish. Or an elegant matte. Maybe something with slight forge like a carter!

    I have two full KU knives. A tojiro itk which I have since removed the KU.
    and a shigi which is really smooth finished. So I won't be removing it.

    I just can't stand the feel of a KU knife.

    Sorry DC!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jm2hill View Post
    I like a nice clean mirror polish. Or an elegant matte. Maybe something with slight forge like a carter!

    I have two full KU knives. A tojiro itk which I have since removed the KU.
    and a shigi which is really smooth finished. So I won't be removing it.

    I just can't stand the feel of a KU knife.

    Sorry DC!
    You can put me in that camp also. I despise those KU knives, anything with a rough or hammered finish. I don't see the beauty at all. But that's ok, different strokes for different folks. I am glad there are so many options available.

    And I will probably be reviled for this, I strongly dislike hamons.



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    You can guess what camp I am in.I feel a high polish on a blade does have a benefit with the proper technique.

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    Pierre, your in box is full.

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    Cleaned up, thanks!


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