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    Shig help

    So, I am now the proud owner of three shigs. How can you make the metal a bit less reactive. I remember some posts last year by DrNaka? He suggested hot water. Can anyone remember the post, have experience, suggestions etc. I really don't want a ton a patina.

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    but patina is cool.

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    Patina. Or else get some polishing compounds and rub rub rub on a regular basis.

    I refinish mine with a fingerstone, but it's not the Kasumi variety, so I've got an advantage there.

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    I have only single bevel shigefusa, and don't feel that his knife/cladding is anymore reactive compared with other carbon steel knives I own.
    Constant wiping with a clean cloth during cutting definitely helps.

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    I seem to remember someone saying that they etched theirs and that helped considerably. Patina is cool on mine although I will be keeping the miroshi deba clean I am sure.

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    Yep, Michael Rader actually etched mine, but the process is simple enough that you could do it yourself. Dave made a really fantastic detailed post on thr etching process. If you want to try something simpler still, even cheaper, and a bit more natural, you could try the hot vinegar patina method (there is a thread in the media center).

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    Can someone give me links to polishing compound and fingerstones

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    i've found that regular polishing radically diminished the reactivity on mine.

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    I've noticed that if I build a patina and then polish it away with Flitz several times, eventually my knives become less reactive. I still let the patina build, but they go slower and seem more stable now. /anecdotal evidence

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    Are you using fingerstones or compound. Would love names and links.

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