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  1. nutmeg

    Making sense of J-Nat stone-seller's hardness ratings

    Anyway, this is a delicate subject. Not sure we really want to know how stones are tested ;) My advice: measurements are about as precise as S, M, L, XL.. for shoe size.
  2. nutmeg

    Making sense of J-Nat stone-seller's hardness ratings

    Hardness can be subjectively measured but often mixed up with grain size, density, thickness of the stone etc. Ikarashi for example are not particularly softer than other stones but crumbly, low density and large grain size so people find them soft.
  3. nutmeg

    Making sense of J-Nat stone-seller's hardness ratings

    I think measuring the color and light reflection on the blade may be the most helpful but not sure it's doable. After all, what we're looking for when we're grabbing a stone for a job is its effect only.
  4. nutmeg

    Making sense of J-Nat stone-seller's hardness ratings

    There is NO measure I know that can help predicting how one stone is going to perform compared to an other!! Only serious pictures of the effect on the blade can help.
  5. nutmeg

    Help me polish a honyaki

    coarse stones for geometry, vertical, then diagonal and finally horizontal (#1000-1500 and above)
  6. nutmeg

    Help me polish a honyaki

    Finish on swords has been done horizontally for centuries so it should work for us as well 👍
  7. nutmeg

    Help me polish a honyaki

    not sure you can get faceting on a honyaki, even at coarse grit
  8. nutmeg

    Help me polish a honyaki

    I guess if you go 1000, 2000 and uchi strictly parallel to the length of the blade, the surface should be more even. Using finger stones is possible but only when the finish is top after the uchi. It's like final make up. Anyway, horizontal is the way to scratch ;)
  9. nutmeg

    Help me polish a honyaki

    you should try to remove the vertical scratches but it‘s going to be very time consuming and you‘re going to need very coarse stones. The color left from the uchigumori is good for honyaki. 6k may be too much, mirror gives dangerous scratchy results. 2-3k is somewhat cleaner on honyaki. Your...
  10. nutmeg

    Show your work! Uchigumori and co...

    I've been a bit lazy and this finish is not from me! Actually this is the finish out of the box from Milan Gravier. He uses Jnats and finger stones for the finish. I have no idea how the Jinzo Aoto from JKI performs so I can't tell you. Usually, softer and slightly coarser stones can brighten...
  11. nutmeg

    SOLD Gyuto 280mm custom Milan Gravier

    Finish from the maker, out of the box, without oil on the blade:
  12. nutmeg

    SOLD Gyuto 280mm custom Milan Gravier

    For sale, this beautiful knife, new in box, never used and with felt saya: $450 280mm San mai mild steel + C130 Edge is 280mm long, 55mm high at heel, 4 to 0.9mm thick, 248 grams. Handle is made with a brass collar and a nice bahia palissander with nice red deep color in it. The handle is...
  13. nutmeg

    Appetizer Hummus

    without baking soda, I can't remember of a smooth texture, even processed in a Thermomix. For smoothest texture you can mix it quite liquid, let rest over night and then adjust the texture on the next day. If the texture seems good on the first day, it will be too firm the day after.
  14. nutmeg

    Ultimate knife?

    not that stupid indeed ;) First, how many honyaki blades with single bevel have you ever seen with an awesome finish? Brooksie is on a good way but this aside, I can't remember of any single one over the years. Single bevels are much more fun when it comes to polish and the results are much...
  15. nutmeg

    Appetizer Hummus

    Cumin and raz el hanout are not that different. I think what brings the most to hummus from raz el hanout is cinnamon. Anyway we all cook and season very differently. Tahina is very strong and I find 1 table spoon for say 1,5kg hummus to be the maximum I can accept. Lemon juice is also very...
  16. nutmeg

    Bought Cheap gyutos/santokos (crappy Shun, Global, etc..) Stainless and carbon

    a trade for Jnats are a possibility, cash and Paypal as well ;)
  17. nutmeg

    Bought Cheap gyutos/santokos (crappy Shun, Global, etc..) Stainless and carbon

    Hi there, last Thursday I had to sharpen knives for my co-workers and unfortunately the knives have been stolen on the way! Now, I owe them two-three knives. 1-2 stainless knives and 1 carbon would be optimal. Blade length around 20cm (160-240 or even 270mm) I'm not very picky with the...
  18. nutmeg

    How to kasumi y. tanka?

    This in not the most informative video but the thickness is something you can work with ;)
  19. nutmeg

    How to kasumi y. tanka?

    Finger stones should be thinned almost flexible and then cracked. Using them that way can't make appear any low spot. Roughly, finger stones whiten the surface and turn mirror into matte. But they don't have the grinding power to erase deeper scratches from a knife in original condition. It can...
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