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  1. rick alen

    Cutting Knife Skills and Technique Videos

    Even with a stainless knife I can slice garlic .010", .020 or less at machine gun speed.
  2. rick alen

    Who collects antique Japanese swords?

    OK, could have been a consortium of Japanese business types, anyway they were buying up swords like crazy back in the early 80's. I had been using a sword that sells these days for $50 on ebay, soft stainless, no distill taper. It held up well for years, but lately the wrapping loosened enough...
  3. rick alen

    N60 steel?

    Since when do facts have anything to do with mass-marketing HRC numbers, or performance claims in general?
  4. rick alen

    Who collects antique Japanese swords?

    I've actually done some training with a katana, but don't think that you can go to your local samuri school and think they are actually going to use that thing anything like a fighter would, lot's of stupid silly bull**** out there as in most oriental marshal arts. Aside from that the katana...
  5. rick alen

    The sink bridge to end all sink bridges

    This is a biggy, do the threaded holes have metal thread inserts?
  6. rick alen

    Misen (version 2) Review

    Never retracted, aside from the gushing praise, Kenji was still using the Misen as his Icon knife long after the facts came out, and likely still is. You really have to wonder what possessed him. It doesn't lessen my praise of his website, just hope he never does anything like that again.
  7. rick alen

    Misen (version 2) Review

    Did you mean "distal" taper? Most Chinese knives do have dismal tapers.
  8. rick alen

    Misen (version 2) Review

    It's a smallish 8", but I've enjoyed using it. Great knife to have around for those you don't want using your good ones, and no one will know it's a $30 knife. The Chinese can make good product if you don't nickle and dime them on the price.
  9. rick alen

    Misen (version 2) Review

    Thanks for the review. I believe they advertise AUS-8 for the steel. One review had the steel a rather soft temper. The Ihomeer is a China-made knife of faux Damascus AUS-10. I picked one up on Amazon for a mere $30. F+F was actually excellent, thin at the edge and of good temper, that...
  10. rick alen

    Cerax better for PM steels?

    Yes I know about diamond spray, I recall the green stone, if the one I'm thinking of it was said to be too soft, grit was not too fine either. Recommended for dressing alumina stones.
  11. rick alen

    Cerax better for PM steels?

    Jon, would you say your 6K diamond stone leaves a better edge here with the PM steels than alumina stones? After break in of course.
  12. rick alen

    Cerax better for PM steels?

    Just saw on another post that Cerax stones contain silicon carbide, SC being harder than vanadium carbibes, unlike AO, wonder if any who have the 6K and/or 8K have found they put a better all around edge on the high vanadium carbide PM steels?
  13. rick alen

    240mm Sujihiki

    It's made by the same company that supplies the Akifusa, basically the same knife but to Geshin's specifications, I believe the Kagero's F+F is a bit better, I've heard that said anyway, and Jon is known for being meticulous.
  14. rick alen

    240mm Sujihiki

    Geshin Kagero is in stock for $280.
  15. rick alen

    Maximet, when will we see knives in this?

    OK thanks all, at least I wasn't mistaken about its place as an interesting knife steel.
  16. rick alen

    Maximet, when will we see knives in this?

    A series of micrographs Larrin showed a while back seemed to indicate that this alloy have finer carbides than the other ultra-high carbide volume steels. Anything delaying its use in knives?
  17. rick alen

    M390 - sharpening recommendations and/or progressions?

    Those particular diamond plates are obviously not the way to go. I should think Jon's 6K diamond stone would give superior results to any low-grit DP. And, of course, there is always the diamond-loaded strop, whose merits are unquestionable. 3M diamond sheets also. I think it's clear that...
  18. rick alen

    M390 - sharpening recommendations and/or progressions?

    Larren's latest edge micrographs clearly showed that conventional abrasives aren't ideal for vanadium carbide rich steels, and diamond is the way to go for a sharp and durable edge.
  19. rick alen

    Food Release: Stiction and the Grind

    I know I've said this before, but even though shallow grantons do not make food fall off, they do decrease slicing stiction.
  20. rick alen

    Dalstrong and the dreaded Pakistani damascus steel

    China does a very good job with AUS-10.
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