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    What exactly does the "stink" smell like? Is it just a metallic / rusty smell or does it smell sour/kinda funky like something spoiled? Based on your comment about the chicken, it sounds like the latter.

    The only time that I've smelled something like that was on a yellow steel blade. I know that yellow steel is less pure than others and, in particular, contains more Sulphur. So my guess is that's where the smell is coming from.

    Someone (like one of the resident MS's or metalurgists) can speak to this better, but it's my understanding the purity and content of even the same type(lable) of steel can vary quite a bit from batch to batch. Which might explain why your experience with this knife is different than others' with the same steels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalaeb View Post
    1084 can have trace amounts of sulfer in it.
    That's why the Hitachi and Swedish steels are so sought after for kitchen knives. Other sources of carbon steels generally stink a lot more.
    @Justin: I hadn't thought of that but maybe it is a stinkier batch...

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    the edge will be abrade more or when sharpening and thus the metal will always be exposed ( cant be patinaed) ., thus a small amout of this "unpurified" steel will be exposed and hopefully, the smell will not be noticeable. There are people that will be more sensitive...

    Isn't the imputiries supposed to be removed during the knife making process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin0505 View Post
    What exactly does the "stink" smell like?
    Pull my finger Justin.


    Sorry I have been waiting a long time to do a proper forum pull-my-finger joke

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    Quote Originally Posted by zitangy View Post
    ...Isn't the imputiries supposed to be removed during the knife making process?...
    Not usually. In general, all of the purification happens before the steel ever gets to a knifemaker.

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    The first nastiness may have been sulfur combined with just a regular chicken smell. Now after a day of mustard/vinegar/hot water it just kind of smells acrid/metallic. If you've ever cleaned silver with boiling water, baking soda, and aluminum foil, it's kind of like that--so probably some sulfur involved. Maybe I'm just lucky enough to be sensitive to it--hubby isn't getting much smell off of it, where for me it's bad enough it gets in my mouth and coats my teeth--kind of like when you get an amalgam filling drilled or chew tin foil. Dammit. There are some nice blue and purple tones showing up, at least.

    Quote Originally Posted by mr drinky View Post
    Pull my finger Justin.
    Sorry I have been waiting a long time to do a proper forum pull-my-finger joke

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    Don't get the correlation--for me that smells like roses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalaeb View Post
    1084 can have trace amounts of sulfer in it.
    Yup, key word: trace. All of the carbon steels have trace amoults of sulfur, white, yellow, blue, 1095, it doesn't matter. I call BS on the sulfur in steel story. I am amazed how the sulfur content of the onion, which is higher than that of the steel, is consistently. Ignored as the source of odor.

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    Even chicken probably has more sulfur than the steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajhuff View Post
    Yup, key word: trace. All of the carbon steels have trace amoults of sulfur, white, yellow, blue, 1095, it doesn't matter. I call BS on the sulfur in steel story. I am amazed how the sulfur content of the onion, which is higher than that of the steel, is consistently. Ignored as the source of odor.

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    What do you think it is AJ?
    I would have said sulfur but that argument makes sense.

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    It's been proven that women have a better sense of smell, so it could be coming into play here.
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