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  1. Luftmensch

    76.6 HCR knife

    @Roman... what a dude! Thank you for taking the time to reply 😍. Not that it really matters for the success of the flexible ceramic... but you seem like a nice guy from your videos 🙂... Although, it is more pleasing to support a nice, friendly and humble persona ;) Sorry if I sounded negative...
  2. Luftmensch

    Making Knives From Files

    What a gorgeous way to preserve a family tool that would have otherwise probably rusted! I love the hamon. Is the sori real or forged into the spine?? @cotedupy... the bar has been set 🤪 😁
  3. Luftmensch

    76.6 HCR knife

    Personally, I am happy translating/equating rope cutting or CATRA into kitchen durability. Cutting is cutting. That said, I think the value you would get from having the knife run through its paces in a kitchen is feedback on profile and ergonomics. There also might be unexpected events that...
  4. Luftmensch

    Making Knives From Files

    Neither do the rest of us in the Commonwealth! (Perhaps somewhat more so after yesterday). Fun fact (I am sure you know), your Princess is Australian! Not to the same configurability but there are some stores that sell knife project blanks. Cool project. Very 'strayan'!!! Repurposing is a...
  5. Luftmensch

    76.6 HCR knife

    🤪... the public do some pretty dumb things. As a retailer I would do what I could to minimise exposure to that stupidity. If it is as simple as recommending using vegetable oil as a lubricant instead of WD40... you bet i would do that. Why risk being linked to somebody else's lack of 'common'...
  6. Luftmensch

    76.6 HCR knife

    Hey it is @Chef Doom!! Seems that way. I suspect it will be handle heavy/biased. Right now I prefer balance at the heel or slightly forward. Perhaps it doesnt matter if the knife is so light? Still... I imagine some weight in the blade is generally an asset (to a degree). I can see this being...
  7. Luftmensch

    Making Knives From Files

    Surely it is the King's feet??!! Steering the thread back on track :p I definitely wouldnt do stock removal on the hardened file. You'll likely ruin the heat treat by working too hard and you'll curse a lot from how stubborn the material is. If you are annealing the file, @Bensbites advice of...
  8. Luftmensch

    Making Knives From Files

    For what it is worth... ... I attempt to use "pattern welded steel" instead of "damascus" wherever I can. Me? I cook in Fahrenheit, measure daytime temperatures in Celsius, do chemistry in Kelvin, set my thermostat to Réaumur and have arguments in Rankine. Have to keep life simple... you know??
  9. Luftmensch

    lets have a new razor thread.

    Hey @4wa1l, my recommendation would be an entry line thiers issard or Dovo. They are not 'bottom of the barrel cheap'... but they are generally no-nonsense, use out the box razors.... (although you'd benefit from your own edge).
  10. Luftmensch

    lets have a new razor thread.

    Keith a.k.a http://www.tomonagura.com is great! I have an Andis. It is pretty great. I wanted to buy a Wahl but they only sell pet trimmers locally. I had several consumer brands that kept breaking after several years. I also dislike batteries running out during a trim - the teeth would bog...
  11. Luftmensch

    Famous cooks, chefs, and their knives

    Thanks! It is awesome getting a perspective from the inside. Though, I don't think our perspectives are so far apart? Perhaps it was cynical ;) to use language with a negative connotation though! I think you revealed an important aspect to this though: There are older traditions and there...
  12. Luftmensch

    Alloy Banding aka steel segregation?

    Not entirely :) Hamons are more of a direct transfer between the worlds. But there are differences. Nihonto have more 'organic' hamons. Kitchen knifes have more 'geometric' hamons. Perhaps that has something to do with blade length?? Maybe 'organic' hamons look bad over a short length - not...
  13. Luftmensch

    Famous cooks, chefs, and their knives

    "Maintenance" @HumbleHomeCook has it Sushi chefs are super meticulous about both cleanliness and process. A worn handle is visual language to patrons that good hygiene is employed (in a similar way to removing patina from knives). A sushi chef will end their shift by cleaning the station...
  14. Luftmensch

    Alloy Banding aka steel segregation?

    I see you are dipping your toes into the world of Nihonto. 😈 There is probably no other form of craftsmanship that appreciates the aesthetic of steel more. I believe this is evidenced by the large specific-language set used to describe types of hada and hamon. In answer to your question...
  15. Luftmensch

    Natural Sharpening Slates

    For my slate: (I found an academic paper on the geology of the region) :) On my slate, I cant say which is which... but I am guessing the mica causes the glittery shimmer in my stone. It is super subtle, beautiful and hard to capture on camera! I would guess the quartz is responsible for the...
  16. Luftmensch

    Dumb work injuries

    I wanted to say that too... it is an OH&S nightmare. Definitely an accident waiting to happen. I chose not to say it because I didn't want @big_adventure to feel bad, after the accident :( But there is definitely value in flagging it as an issue. If any other chefs are currently being asked to...
  17. Luftmensch

    Dumb work injuries

    I am not levelling this at anyone in particular - but a few hand injuries have been mentioned. Be careful.... really careful. Being 'tough' could cost you medically. If your hands are your income... ask yourself if finishing the shift is worth putting that at risk! Tendons on the fingers are...
  18. Luftmensch

    Dumb work injuries

    Yeah man... these stories make me shudder. That would have been an awful few weeks. I hope the scarring isnt too bad!
  19. Luftmensch

    Dumb work injuries

    Fuuuuuuuuuu** That is not a dumb work injury. That is equipment failure. I hope the employer made the situation good and treated you like a king. Sounds excruciating :( I hope the graft went well and you regained full sensation and mobility. I bet it was a long recovery.
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