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    saya repair

    i sold a very nice yanagiba to a young chef who promised to take care of it only to find it chipped, covered in food and red rusted out months later.

    i felt responsible for the state of this knife so i bought it back and in the process of fixing it back up somewhat.
    I put it in the saya only to find out a week later when i took it knife out and the knife is half rusted again that the saya is full of food.

    does anyone know of a good method to clean the debris out? then i probably have to disinfect it as well.

    or is it trash?

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    If it's just a standard Ho wood saya...burn it. If it's a plain grained hardwood saya...burn it. If it's a real nice hardwood saya I can think of a couple of ways to fix it, but they all involve a band saw. I guess my real point is that repairing it will involve about 3/4 of the work of making a new one.

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    It's scrap, so you haven't anything to lose by trying to split it at the glued seam with an X-Acto knife. If you are successful, clean out the cavity and reglue it.
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    thats what i figured. ill try to split it but im sure its done. thanks guys

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    I'm guessing the young chef in question didn't take a SaveServ course...

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    The use of the word 'chef' is totally inappropriate here. Even dishwashers know better than to do that.
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    It's almost impossible to get a clean split on a properly glued (and prepped) joint. BUT, it's worth a try. If it splits, but not perfectly evenly, flatten the edges on granite, with some sandpaper on top of it, then re-glue it. Don't forget to clean out the glue before it dries, as well...and clean up the edges afterwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by milesonend View Post
    i sold a very nice yanagiba to a young chef who promised to take care of it only to find it chipped, covered in food and red rusted out months later.

    i felt responsible for the state of this knife so i bought it back and in the process of fixing it back up somewhat.
    I put it in the saya only to find out a week later when i took it knife out and the knife is half rusted again that the saya is full of food.

    does anyone know of a good method to clean the debris out? then i probably have to disinfect it as well.

    or is it trash?
    You did the right thing buying it back.... he has committed the number 1 knife offence.
    Punishment..... 2 years chopping onions with a blunt knife.

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    Leave the saya under/near a heat lamp for a few days, that's guaranteed to split the glue joint... Ask me how I know
    Huw
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    Quote Originally Posted by slash View Post
    You did the right thing buying it back.... he has committed the number 1 knife offence.
    Punishment..... 2 years chopping onions with a blunt knife.
    i felt so bad for it.

    got the saya apart, it was really gross...

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