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  1. DanielC

    Who I am, what I'm about.

    These micrographs in that post were of steel created in an open charcoal furnace meant to make high carbon steel that the Japanese call Oroshigane (ball steel), and the Europeans called 'hearth steel's. I simply pushed the carbon a lot higher than is typical in those examples. Unfortunately for...
  2. DanielC

    WTS Jnats for sale

    It's small, soft, and the sides are sealed in cashew. Maybe around 6-7k polish.
  3. DanielC

    Show your work! Uchigumori and co...

    The lighter layer is actually a portion of the iron jacket that hardened. In the forgewelding and forging process, and also even during heat treat, carbon in migrating from the high carbon core steel into the jacket. The area of the jacket that is exposed at the core is the closest portion of...
  4. DanielC

    WTS Maruoyama Tomae Iromono, random koppa

    Good question :D Its appearance mostly. Its not the fastest cutter but polishes evenly. Almost like a takashima to me. 6-7kish with a lighter effect on the soft steel as opposed to dark. The weirdness is mostly the crazy eye on the stone. I'll take another pic this evening. Apologies for being...
  5. DanielC

    WTS Maruoyama Tomae Iromono, random koppa

    All sold except... Weird akapin - $60 Shobu Murasaki - Pulled from sale. Keeping for massive kanna builds ;)
  6. DanielC

    Fake Kasumi???

    99% of the kitchen knives out there are probably not a prestine surface, I agree. I am not familiar with all surface conditions coming out from Japan, but it would seem the degree that you find low spots, wavy surfaces or simply geometry that was from rushing or whatever reason, are a direct...
  7. DanielC

    Fake Kasumi???

    Yea, it looks like an etch to me, as a maker. Which is fine. Both are ways one could totally hide a low spot or non-flat surface until you took it to a rock that is. Beautiful blade. EDIT: I say An etch if the core steel is literally dark in all angles. The core being dark and the way the...
  8. DanielC

    Fake Kasumi???

    Is that what it looked like on arrival? If so, that looks etched as opposed to blasted.
  9. DanielC

    Fake Kasumi???

    I hear wobble and low spots are fairly common on most unless you spend a great deal of money. I can attest that it takes a great deal of time and hyper focus on even a single knife to get right. Getting the kasumi to the spine for instance...was a monumental chore for me for example. Just that...
  10. DanielC

    Uchigumori for free!

    I would love some, but maybe when things quiet down with your mailbox
  11. DanielC

    Some recommendations.... yeah, I know.

    What about the vitrified diamond stones I've been seeing?
  12. DanielC

    Withdrawn Stone pass around?

    Looks Aiiwatani to me.
  13. DanielC

    Show your work! Uchigumori and co...

    I'm actually considering replacing the handle on this (the handle is the reason I decided not to sell) and selling :) Also, video of effects of Uchi hato and Jito bench stones.
  14. DanielC

    Show your work! Uchigumori and co...

    Quick Koma.
  15. DanielC

    Show your work! Uchigumori and co...

    Same knife as earlier but used on an unmarked, old, incredibly fast and incredibly fine Mikawa Nagura that I was just assuming is a flavor of mejiro, but wow. Noted fineness! It's such a soft, buttery but super fast nagura. Again, Oroshigane, which can be found in Japanese swords And...
  16. DanielC

    J-Nat Club

  17. DanielC

    Sharpen too much uraoshi?

    Imo, working an ura is mostly a one shot deal. During the making! Any other work will likely alter it a bit more than you would like. I dont toy with my ura afterward when I make single bevels. 9/10 times it ends up looking worse which is counterintuitive to begin with. But I'm a gaijin, so...
  18. DanielC

    WTS Maruoyama Tomae Iromono, random koppa

    $160+SH - Aiiwatani Koppa 145x78x30mm, 7-8k super soft stone. Easy Kasumi polish. $100+SH - Aiiwatani koppa 145(longest, 125mm shortest)x76x35mm, 6-8k super easy kasumi polish. I dug out a weird line to be on the safe side a long time ago, but knowing what i do now, it's probably safe. If...
  19. DanielC

    J-Nat Club

    A Mikawa Chu Nagura.
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