Before you start down the natural path I would get a Super Stone 12k. Easiest, most affordable razor finisher you can find. After you get decent edges on that you will have something to compare your natural finishers to. And it is a great setup stone for any natural finisher.
Thanks. I am aware that they are most likely Tanifuji designs. They are quite special to me. One of the yellow capes is in a dead tie for my favorite razor with my filarmonica especial 14. My two daily drivers lately. I really think the mid Century Japanese folders are the pinnacle of straight...
I don't use mine much anymore. I mainly go from India/crystolon/diamonds to natural finishers. But they were indispensable for the fifteen years I was really cranking in the kitchen. Went through several 500s and 2000s
Ok, so here's what I found in my horde.
I have three Capes that are all labeled Swedish Steel.
I have one Star Reito that is labeled "Special Steel" in English on one side. The other side has Japanese characters that I think someone translated for me as "Yasuki Steel" at one point.
It also gets confusing because Yasuki steel is also split into 3 categories white, blue, and yellow and grades #1 and #2 just like the normal "paper" steels. So when the vendor says Blue #2 they might be saying aogami 2 or they might be saying Yasuki blue 2. Hard to say. But Yasuki and...
Spots like that are very common when stainless goes through the machine. A little metal polish will fix it.
They bend because they have thin spines and soft steel. They all bend the same direction most likely because of however you and/or your household members are using them. They should bend...
The beauty of a coticule is it is an entire progression unto itself. Going from about 500 grit with a slurry up to about 4000 grit or beyond. I usually use them for touchups and for midgrit work for straight razors. I don't strop knives. But coticules make great knife finishers for sure if that...
I got that big girl cleaned up. She is beautiful. I have had lots of coticules. The three I have kept are vintage natural combos. Small, medium, and large (at least for coticules).
Next to a Super Stone for size reference.
I'm not much of a polisher but I can tell you that a highly magnetized knife gets annoying when doing general sharpening. Bits of swarf are magnetically attracted to the bevel. It can be especially noticable when doing tip work.
I am the opposite. I think stainless Damascus is hideous and love the look of some pepperoni pizza patina. Literally. If a knife is too reactive I will use it to slice pizza and then let the tomato sauce dry on it for a few days. Rust is never an issue with my knives. It's a constant annoyance...
I have seen that before too. I feel like we have this conversation every couple of years. Sure enough
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