WTS Gesshin Hide 270mm Blue 1 Yanagiba

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Gesshin Hide 270 mm Blue 1 Hon-kasumi yanagiba

Bought 2017

Length: 270mm
Height: 34 mm
Weight: 186 g
Thickness at heel: 4mm
Thickness 100mm behind tip: 3mm

Small black spots from long-term storage. They will go away with sharpenings. Original deeper grinding marks still present at heel. Bevel is even and has slight clamshell.

$270
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Did you sand the hira? The reason I ask is because the shinogi looks rounded.
 

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Yeah I did. I can resharpen the bevel if you want it super crisp though.
 

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I sanded the blade face and the ura to make the grind marks less deep. The bevel was flattened and then slight conexing. I ended up rounding the shinogi a bit though.

Added mineral oil / beeswax to saya and handle and 0000 steel wool.

Bevel is uchigumoru fingerstones then metal polish and jnat powder.
 

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When I tried it stock the more pronounced shinogi helped with food release, but I would have to press down a bit more and making thinner cuts wasn't as nice as I wanted. This was 5 years ago when I didn't know as much, but those were my preferences then.

It's like the laser vs food release debate I think except I knew less and was was wrong. I think I understand grinds more now, and a crisp shinogi helps food release way better than a rounded one.

The hira was a bit concave stock, which I didn't like as much and made the shinogi crisp and pronounced, but also thicker at that ridge.

The hira near the heel is still a bit that way, but the ridge is reduced. I asked Jon about it a bit day back then, and what I remember was the makers ( whether in general, the region, or this maker) doesn't focus on making the hira flat.

I'll probably sharpen it tomorrow to get the little dots on the hard steel out.
 
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