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  1. Benuser

    Questions about Naniwa superstones after some reading around here

    As long as you're dealing with double-bevelled blades in the Western cuisine, with quite a lot of board contact, going beyond 4k makes no sense, and might even be counterproductive. The Naniwa Pro 3k is equivalent to the Japanese JIS standard of 4k. Hard to get any better. A finer grit can be...
  2. Benuser

    K-sabatier Carbon line. Any good ?

    Has little to do with the Sabs. It's carbon steel and will discolour. C75 isn't particularly reactive. I force a patina and after that, nothing happens any longer. Most old French stainless are almost impossible to get sharp. Very soft, with large carbides, gummy on the stones. To be avoided.
  3. Benuser

    how do I get my knives to cut like it did out of the box?

    In addition only to the excellent advices you've got: I don't know the knife's factory edge, but my guess is you might have overlooked a microbevel. Use a marker and a loupe (8-10x) to make sure you have reached the very edge with your coarsest stone. There shouldn't be any ink left. Believe me...
  4. Benuser

    K-sabatier Carbon line. Any good ?

    Great service by that retailer!
  5. Benuser

    K-sabatier Carbon line. Any good ?

    Have used a common, fine honing steel under harsh conditions — welfare kitchen, carbon Sheffield on a crappy poly board. When used when performance went noticeably down, it only helped restoring a worn or damaged edge for a very short lapse of time. Example: knife fresh from the stones, steeling...
  6. Benuser

    K-sabatier Carbon line. Any good ?

    Not really. C75W vs. XC75. There is only the Rhine in between.
  7. Benuser

    K-sabatier Carbon line. Any good ?

    The Herder is very thin behind the edge. Maintenance with a Dickoron Micro is perfectly possible but should be done carefully. A more robust option were the Pallarès Solsona, C60 @60Rc.
  8. Benuser

    K-sabatier Carbon line. Any good ?

    The 23cm Herder and a 25cm modern Sab.
  9. Benuser

    K-sabatier Carbon line. Any good ?

    The last new one I saw was a few years ago, already. Fit&Finish rather miserable, profile and geometry changed compared to the historical ones — heavier, less distal taper, much higher tip. Bents, warps and overgrinds are perfectly common. Steel even softer than the vintages. Price very...
  10. Benuser

    How to transition from practicing on Western knives to sharpening Japanese knives

    If you're OK with a previous geometry: Start on one side, at the lowest possible angle. Raise the spine little by little, check where you are abrading steel, go on until you've reached the very edge. Check with a marker and a loupe. You will have raised a burr. Do the same on the other side...
  11. Benuser

    Your personal experience with VG-10

    FWIW, the finely grained AEB-L isn't particularly abrasion resistant. If you use it mainly for push cutting that might be less relevant to you. More important factors then are edge stability and the quality of the cuts.
  12. Benuser

    Your personal experience with VG-10

    With R2/SG-2 by Ryusen Blazen the dulling I found was more even and sharpness could be restored by touching up.
  13. Benuser

    Your personal experience with VG-10

    VG-10 is a bit different than other ones where the dulling curve is concerned. Comes crazy sharp from the stones, loses that extreme sharpness quite rapidly and stays sharp at a lesser level almost forever. Don't expect to restore that original sharpness with a simple touching up.
  14. Benuser

    How to choose between 210, 240, 270 and 300 mm gyuto as main knife

    With knives as with a lot of other things, the first impression often is totally wrong. Says more about what you're used to than about what you're actually handling. Better get a middle-of-the-road knife and explore your preferences about size, weight, balance, profile, geometry etc. and perhaps...
  15. Benuser

    How to choose between 210, 240, 270 and 300 mm gyuto as main knife

    A few remarks. Have seen a lot of people going from 210 to 240. Never the opposite way. A Japanese 240 doesn't feel like a German 230. It's lighter and has generally a forward balance point. You will need very little time to get used to a longer blade, provided you're pinch gripping. A larger...
  16. Benuser

    tough time with VG10

    That sounds rather encouraging.
  17. Benuser

    tough time with VG10

    Not sure about all of them. Can't tell. Except for the case of two Tojiro's from the same owner, bought together. Sharpened both after serious repair and thinning. Deburring with one remarkably easy, with the other one noticeably more difficult.
  18. Benuser

    tough time with VG10

    At least the results being very different from one to another.
  19. Benuser

    tough time with VG10

    The Tojiro cladding is not as problematic as other, softer ones. As for the VG-10 core, I had very different experiences with the DP, from very easy to dramatic, and anything in between.
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