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Marko Tsourkan

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I will no longer offer Shigefusa and Marukoyoshi other than what I have on hand. I will still offer custom work for those interested.

Marko
 

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Marko what do you have available? Will you bring them to the ECG?
 

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Orders already placed will still be good, right?

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Those that were, yes, otherwise, I will refund money or offer a substitute.
 

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I expected it and in a way, I am relieved. Shigefusa reactivity and Yoshikane geometry I have always felt uneasy about.

I will apply what I have learned and address the weaknesses in making my own knives. Will report in a due time.

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Marko, I was watching from the sidelines and I'm a little bit disappointed to read this. I know you'll come up with something impressive, but still....
 

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Well shoot, there goes my Xmas present to myself. I was all excited about getting a Shig from you.
 

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Well shoot, there goes my Xmas present to myself. I was all excited about getting a Shig from you.
How about a Shige clone in more user-friendly steel? :)
I am heat treating (practicing) 52100 this very moment. I am in the shop.

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... and Yoshikane geometry I have always felt uneasy about.


M
Just wondering, but what was it about the Yoshikane geometry that you didn't like? I liked the shape of that suji a lot, but of course I have never handled one, and I can just go by photos.

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Waiting for the pics to come on :)
Just finished a heat treating test. Fascinating stuff. Particularly after testing hardness on a Rockwell hardness tester. Reminds me of black and white photography back in the day - you never quite know how your negatives come out until you develop it.

M

Mr.Drinky, I will send you a pm.
 

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I'll be interested to see the end products. Especially if you have a stainless/semi-stainless/clad, suji haha.
 

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Marko, I'm also interested in hearing your thoughts on the geometry of the Yoshikane knives. I've heard good things about them, so I wanted to know what you found to be the problem. Send me a PM if you get a chance.

And good luck with making your own knives! Can't wait to see what you come up with.
 

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Put me on you list for a Shigifusa clone in 52100. I've been tempted to get a Shigi for the geometry, but I'm not willing to put up with the reactivity. 52100 should be a winner.
 

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I'll be interested to see the end products. Especially if you have a stainless/semi-stainless/clad, suji haha.
I will make variety of types in several steels, so there will be plenty to pick from, including damascus.

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Hey Marko, this is exciting news and I can be happy about it because I already got a rehandled shige from you! I think you've got the right perfectionist mindset to start making sone great knives - especially if you've figured out the magic shige grind. Sign me up!
Seriously, when you're ready to plan production and start your pre-order list, put my name on it!
 

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Here is a quick update.

Devin Thomas will supply me with several types of steel - damascus, plain, and san mai construction steel (plain and damascus cladding), and as a part of our ongoing relationship, he will help me with an optimal heat treat for his steel as I will be doing heat treating myself in my workshop. I am very excited about this.

I would like to start with carbon, sami-carbon, and stainless setup and adjust as the time goes by.

Each blade will be thoroughly tested for RC hardness, abrasion, edge retention, sharpness etc and I will report what I find without distortion or hype - if I say the knife is 62RC, that means I got the reading from a hardness tester, not a guess. I have the equipment on hand. I will also test against performance knives, as well as send knives to be evaluated in professional environment.

I think I have a pretty good idea what I like to see in my kitchen knife, so now it is time for start experimenting. I will try not to have it interfere with my regular custom work, but I will have to scale it down, once I start making knives for sale.

Thanks everybody for your support and encouragement.

Marko
 

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Awesome. I need to get on your list, Marko. :D (Where is that "drool" smiley when you need it?)
 

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How about a Shige clone in more user-friendly steel? :)
I am heat treating (practicing) 52100 this very moment. I am in the shop.

M
Alright, it looks like I won't have a blue Xmas after all. :happy1:

Now, where's that signup sheet?
 

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Alright, it looks like I won't have a blue Xmas after all. :happy1:

Now, where's that signup sheet?
A while back I promised to make 180mm 64RC gyuto in 52100 for a member here. That will be my first project, to come up with a right heat treat, grind, finish, etc. My feeling is I will have to go back to a drawing board a few times before this project is completed and I will end up making a few knives that will go to friends and family (seconds). Once I am comfortable about quality (grind, finish, performance), I will then offer to the general public. It will probably be between 2-3 months.


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Good luck M.

Custome knives, and and custom accessories at a one stop shop.
 

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A while back I promised to make 180mm 64RC gyuto in 52100 for a member here...
I was under the impression that the sweet spot for 52100 in terms of carbide size and hardness was in the low 60's. I can't say I know where I got this from...
 

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@ tk59
When properly heat treated, it gets 67RC, and then it is drawn to a preferred hardness (tempering).

@Bao
that would be very convenient, won't it?

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And it will be awesome when you finnish my Soba Kiri. I just keep wondering what the saya will look like :)
 

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I don't mean to be rude, OD but *** do you want a freakin' soba kiri for?
 

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