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  1. soigne_west

    Forgecraft project: Asymmetric convex

    I ended up getting all up in there with a butter knife to separate any glue that was holding the scales together. Then slowly and gently working on loosening the rivets till they were exposed enough to pull out with pliers. One of the scales on the first one I did broke. But the other two knives...
  2. soigne_west

    What Do You Do For A Living?

    I must say I’m slightly envious Ian. Not only are you really good at math I would imagine it’s something your passionate about... meanwhile I’m over here complaining about having to quadruple recipe sizes and actually measure things whenever I bake.
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    What Do You Do For A Living?

    Also the government pays pretty good.
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    What Do You Do For A Living?

    Banquet Sous, with no guess on when I'll get back to doing that. Last year a friend and I had started a upscale catering company which was slow rolling. We did a couple of events. Due to the recent events we got a bid for a government program feeding seniors a couple days a week. Its been great...
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    WTB Burnt chestnut handles

    I just ordered one of these. Suprised by the quality. There oak. $45. They are more of an oval shape though. Burnt Oak and Horn Wa Handle (B)
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    Where/when to buy Japanese knives

    We all have full popcorns tho...:popcorn2:
  7. soigne_west

    J-Nat Club

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    J-Nat Club

    In some of the research I did I found this which led me to believe it’s nakayama. “the owner of the mine was Kato family. Rarest and best Nakayama stones. Maruka's (= circled "Ka") "Ka" is Kato's first character "Ka" http://japan-tool.com/toishi/tennen/Maruichi/Maruichi.html first paragraph...
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    J-Nat Club

    I think I totally scored on this suita. It came from a US seller who had some knives for sale too. Looked to me like a cook or chef. Picked up this stone and a Y. Tanaka for really cheap. I am really inexperienced but it’s harder that my 3.5 Ohira suita, but absolutely a pleasure and easy to...
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    Name that one most underrated knife

    From what I can tell there basically all VERY similar. I’ve had masahiro and kanehide and only tea difference was handle material and kanji.
  11. soigne_west

    Name that one most underrated knife

    I personally think the thick copper foiling that some makers are using, looks terrible. Subjective I know... my vote for best under rated knife goes to Bessaku. Atleast the butchering knives... great steel and dirt cheap.
  12. soigne_west

    Milan Gravier Gyuto Passaround

    Interesting. Thanks for the review. I didn’t notice that much of a problem with potatoes or food release. Then again I think I used it for once or twice in a home kitchen then sent it out. Appreciate your input!
  13. soigne_west

    MORITAKA HAMONO

    I had the KS clone too. The most reactive knife ever. Not in a good way. Would rust sitting next to a lemon. Everything I tried couldn’t calm it either.
  14. soigne_west

    Show your work! Uchigumori and co...

    I see, the soft clad takes the fresh marks of the sandpaper and the core doesnt. I think? Looks great.
  15. soigne_west

    Show your work! Uchigumori and co...

    How did you get the core so polished and the clad looks untouched?
  16. soigne_west

    Loyalty test

    What about if you cry?
  17. soigne_west

    Loyalty test

    Or crying.
  18. soigne_west

    Loyalty test

    I like this one
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    Where/when to buy Japanese knives

    Actually knifes gonna go up for sale. Due to increased labor and skill involved I’m going to charge TWICE AS MUCH.
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