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Removing lacquer coating on my Tadokoro Marushin Ginsan. Prepping it for a day at the field.
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Okubo big nakiri WIP:

Original:
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After scrubbing off 5g on a Gesshin 220:
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After a quick synth -> Uchi -> suita powder + micromesh progression:
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Definitely still messy, with some grind marks near the edge, low spots, incomplete removal of 320 grit scratches, etc etc. But cutting performance has improved massively and it's a little less of a mess. Haven't decided yet if I'm going to go back to the coarse stones to thin and clean up a little further or just put it to work for now.
 
Okubo big nakiri WIP:

Original:
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After scrubbing off 5g on a Gesshin 220:
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After a quick synth -> Uchi -> suita powder + micromesh progression:
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Definitely still messy, with some grind marks near the edge, low spots, incomplete removal of 320 grit scratches, etc etc. But cutting performance has improved massively and it's a little less of a mess. Haven't decided yet if I'm going to go back to the coarse stones to thin and clean up a little further or just put it to work for now.
I like to press the “easy button” at this point - cover everything up with a muddy midgrit stone (King 800, Cerax 1000, Gesshin 1200) for a nice working finish and put it to use :)
 
Okubo big nakiri WIP:

Original:
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After scrubbing off 5g on a Gesshin 220:
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After a quick synth -> Uchi -> suita powder + micromesh progression:
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Definitely still messy, with some grind marks near the edge, low spots, incomplete removal of 320 grit scratches, etc etc. But cutting performance has improved massively and it's a little less of a mess. Haven't decided yet if I'm going to go back to the coarse stones to thin and clean up a little further or just put it to work for now.
What size did you get?
 
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I really like Yamatsuka ginsan and the grind on this particular line! I’ve been playing around with etching to bring out the cladding more - but haven’t been able to figure out how to do it while still keeping the core steel nice and shiny.
I really wanted to add this to my ginsan collection and the Kasumi version but the price on the damascus is holding me back for some reasons. One day I might just pull the trigger.
 
I really wanted to add this to my ginsan collection and the Kasumi version but the price on the damascus is holding me back for some reasons. One day I might just pull the trigger.

The price definitely was kinda hard to swallow initially especially given the lack of engraved kanji, and rough FF/wonky ho wood handle out of box, but I’ve been reaching for it much more than my myojin sharpened nakagawa ginsan pieces. Just feels like such a perfect middleweight! Your ginsan collection has so many gorgeous endgame pieces that I can only hope to try one day 🤩
 
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I really like Yamatsuka ginsan and the grind on this particular line! I’ve been playing around with etching to bring out the cladding more - but haven’t been able to figure out how to do it while still keeping the core steel nice and shiny.
These are great. I have the regular version, used it a lot and thinned it some. It’s a great contrast to most Sakai Ginsan which tends to be thin convex grinds or wide bevel. A thick spine, convex stainless workhorse. Not a lot of those out there. Got lucky with the hand chiseled kanji too. One of the few knives I want the Damascus version of. Although I never understood why they put a pretty nice ebony handle on the normal version and a Ho wood one on the Damascus.
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Restoring this knife…Don’t know what brand it is but it’s a SKD steel.
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Itinomonn StainLess by Yoshikane

https://www.japanesenaturalstones.com/itinomonn-stainless-kasumi-240mm-wa-gyuto-discontinued/
Great to see a well worn knife get a second life.
 
These are great. I have the regular version, used it a lot and thinned it some. It’s a great contrast to most Sakai Ginsan which tends to be thin convex grinds or wide bevel. A thick spine, convex stainless workhorse. Not a lot of those out there. Got lucky with the hand chiseled kanji too. One of the few knives I want the Damascus version of. Although I never understood why they put a pretty nice ebony handle on the normal version and a Ho wood one on the Damascus.
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Itinomonn StainLess by Yoshikane

https://www.japanesenaturalstones.com/itinomonn-stainless-kasumi-240mm-wa-gyuto-discontinued/
Great to see a well worn knife get a second life.
Is the grind on the regular and Damascus version the same? Kind tempted
 
These are great. I have the regular version, used it a lot and thinned it some. It’s a great contrast to most Sakai Ginsan which tends to be thin convex grinds or wide bevel. A thick spine, convex stainless workhorse. Not a lot of those out there. Got lucky with the hand chiseled kanji too. One of the few knives I want the Damascus version of. Although I never understood why they put a pretty nice ebony handle on the normal version and a Ho wood one on the Damascus.
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Itinomonn StainLess by Yoshikane

https://www.japanesenaturalstones.com/itinomonn-stainless-kasumi-240mm-wa-gyuto-discontinued/
Great to see a well worn knife get a second life.
Where did you hear that Yoshikane made these?
 
Love these knives, and actually have two of them. A thinner one with a good looking Kanji, and a slightly Thiccer one with an unfortunate kanji.

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The knife that I was trying to fix had seen better days. Had to do major thinning and the core steel had rust. Also replaced the D shape handle to Octagonal which the owner wanted. I literally just finished it now.
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Where did you hear that Yoshikane made these?
May have read about it on an old thread. I don’t think it’s confirmed but they just look like the old Yoshikane SKD kasumi line of knives and there weren’t exactly a lot of makers producing Sanjo style stainless clad SKD knives. And JNS used to carry Yoshikane SKD too as “Zensho”, so I just thought they were being sold under Itinomonn.
 
Took the new Tanaka from maxim out for a spin tonight and wow is it a performer. It’s a much thinner grind all around from my other Tanakas and it really flew through the onions, potatoes, carrots, ginger and garlic with ease. The cladding was a little reactive off the bat so I may have to force a patina on it in the near future. What a great excuse to make a roast! 🤗
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