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  1. Bensbites

    WTB Shigefusa Wa Kitaeji Gyuto 210mm-240mm

    As a former lab rat, I love the avatar.
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    Favorite boxes for shipping knives

    This. USPS will ship them to you for free.
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    Caramelized onions

    I think you can get more heat into a clad wide flat bottom pan without burning the onions.
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    Caramelized onions

    I have done it that way. I don’t think you did anything wrong. In a wok, you are only heating a small bottom area. Had you used a large sauté pan or two, you would have had a better ratio of heat in (hot bottom) to volume to surface area for evaporation to occur. I have been known to cook...
  5. Bensbites

    Cheap Knife Blanks

    I use jarod Todd. There is also waterjet knives.
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    Bread Knife?

    if people appreciate custom high end chef knives, why not a bread knife? I just sent cad files out to be plasma cut for my own bread knife. The serrations will be plasma cut in, I assume a slight bevel, then sharpening with a chainsaw file should give me a pretty nice bread knife.
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    Recipe Requested Queso Dip

    This sounds delicious!
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    Can I have some bread, please?

    I suggest josey bakers bread book. It takes you from no knead loaf bread to hearth sourdough over 11 or so loves.
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    Other I have a LOT of winter squash to deal with, need some new recipe suggestions

    My family likes squash roasted with salt, pepper, olive oil, maple syrup, and garlic. I think you could sub other sweeteners and aromatics for variety.
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    Stone to use after Aizu?

    I have been happy with my Aizu. Sometime for fun I will strip lightly on a king 8000 after the Aizu.
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    Burl Question

    let it sit until it hits a certain moisture, I don’t know what that is. Then place it in a low temp oven 200 F, until constant weight.
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    Burl Question

    Because the grain to irregular you should stabilize it. I would seal the cut end now with wax, glue, or old paint to prevent cracking while it dry Use out.
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    To honyaki or not to honyaki...

    The theory is that the softer spine absorbs more of the impact force... I would not be surprised if 50-95% of people couldn’t tell. as far as the functional art, they are distinct and more difficult. The value to that will vary from person to person.
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    Customer service question

    Talking about risk vs reward, generally (very generally) self insuring is cheaper. So one is making money on all those insurance bills.
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    Customer service question

    With USPS, you need to document value as in, a sales recipt or similar.
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    Customer service question

    I ship insured priority USPS all the time, under a certain value (last time I checked it was $500), no signature is required. In fact my UPS driver has signed for me and left packages on my doorstep or he will hand them to me and say I signed for you.
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    Customer service question

    as someone who rehandles knives I ship a few. I basically insist the client pays return shipping costs for fully insured items. This week was the first time I had a close call. The package was marked as delivered on Friday, it was actually delivered Monday. By lunch on Monday I was already...
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    52100 vs blue and white?

    I think it has more to do with quality heat treatment.
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    Thinning behind the edge

    Something doesn’t add up. 0.05 inches is 1.2 mm. The edge on the photo looks a lot thinner. 1 mm behind the edge I get to 0.2-0.4 mm.
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    First etch / grind question

    As far as the etching, it looks like your not taping your stencil down well. Try lighter pass. I use scrap to practice on.
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