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  1. Delat

    I am a little bit confused about burrs

    This is good stuff I picked up from Nemo last year. I don’t have the patience to repeat much of the sharpening, so I adopted a grossly simplified version where I just repeat a few light edge-trailing strokes on my final stone after burr removal, then go through the deburring motions again. It...
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    Question on knife shipping etiquette

    I had a closet full of boxes and packing material from Amazon deliveries, so I don’t consider it wasteful to reuse them. Packing is easy. The really hard part is deciding which knives to sell. Awww who am I kidding. My 2nd rack just filled up and I have another knife on the way so I was going...
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    Tru Oil on western handles

    When I was into woodworking I’d shoot a bit of inert gas into the bottles of my tung oil and polyurethane after using. I’m sure you can get stuff marketed for that purpose, but I imagine this stuff I use for wine these days would work just the same if you don’t want to go hunting around for...
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    a status update

    When I spent a summer in France during my high school years, I was initially really shy about trying to speak the language (I had a couple years of French in high school at that point). But I discovered if you have a vague idea of words in the general ballpark and you just throw them all out in...
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    Question on knife shipping etiquette

    Maybe the package handlers at the shipper and the delivery guys are a little more careful with plastic bags and don’t bury them under heavy boxes. While heavy boxes get thrown on top of anything else in a box. So perhaps using a plastic bag is its own safety measure in a weird way?
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    Media Youtube AWESOME!

    This popped up in my feed and I found it really interesting. It answered a few questions I had and the historical anecdotes were pretty cool.
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    Question on knife shipping etiquette

    I've actually had some vendors ship me brand new knives that way.
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    Stone ID?

    I’m sure it was a water stone and not oil, as I’ve always had an aversion to using oil on a stone. Also it’s not a combi, I think I just used to use both sides so they’re both dirty. And yup it looks like it really needs serious flattening - totally agree now that if I couldn’t raise a proper...
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    Stone ID?

    Very hard.
  10. Delat

    Stone ID?

    Here’s the last mystery stone. I recall it being advertised as some kind of hybrid, maybe a ceramic hybrid? To the touch it feels like unglazed teracotta pottery, and closer to my SG500 in grit than my SG1000. This was the stone I tried the most with my VG10 and was almost completely unable to...
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    Show your newest knife buy

    [ I remember seeing that on his IG and thinking “OMG which lucky [email protected] is getting that!?!?” Congrats man, it looks freaking awesome!
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    Good Butter

    Seems possible - I actually thought the cheesy flavor wasn't bad. When I did some googling I found posts saying it was a sign the butter was going bad.
  13. Delat

    Stone ID?

    I'll get a pick of the final mystery stone; since it's a low grit I wasn't as curious about it. I was soaking the king for about 10 mins, I'll try at least 24 hours next time. I started off with light to moderate pressure then increased to heavier pressure as my frustration built over the...
  14. Delat

    Stone ID?

    What do you find it to be good at? e.g. Mostly creating a highly refined edge on carbon steels? Is it a soaker or splash and go? Would it also be good for kasumi polishing?
  15. Delat

    Stone ID?

    I got another lower grit stone at the same time as the two pictured; the texture feels like it’s in the 800-1k range. I seem to recall it being marketed as some kind of hybrid; when dunked in water big bubbles come streaming out, and it feels quite tough. I used these three for my very first...
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    Good Butter

    The cheese flavor is what happens when butter gets too old; it’s not from absorbing smells. It might be an early stage of turning rancid? I don’t use butter much so I tend to keep it for quite a long time and only ever had it happen to me once, so I’ve since started to vacuum seal and freeze...
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    Stone ID?

    It does look like that 4k King. That would make the yellow one either 8k or 12k probably, given I wanted mirror polished plane irons. So is the 4k King of that vintage of any value on carbon steels vs an SG4000? Whatever it uses for abrasives didn’t have much effect on VG10 (nor my newfangled...
  18. Delat

    Good Butter

    I like Plugra as a daily driver because it’s good but also readily available and consistent. I have a weakness for honey-butter - basically roughly mix up honey with cold butter so there’s still lots of little butter chunks. Then spread it straight on crackers or croissant. For that kind of...
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    Stone ID?

    I have a couple stones that I bought circa 2000 from Japan Woodworker for my handplanes. They’d been gathering dust for ages when I decided to try my hand at knife sharpening. They were completely ineffective on my VG10 Shun, so I set them aside and got some Shaptons instead. I’ve been...
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    Sharpening help!

    Using more than one stone as a novice doesn’t always result in an improvement and can sometimes give you a worse result due to inconsistent angles as you swap stones. You might try using a single in-between stone in the 2-4k range and just focus on getting the results you want there. I suspect...
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