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Got a lamination you find interesting? Post it here....

I'll get the ball rolling. This is a section of a Masamoto Sohonten yanagiba restoration project I am crawling through

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Here are a pair of Hiromoto AS gyutos that I did for some friends. I’ve always thought that these knives had some of the wildest lamination lines.


Here’s another Hiromoto AS that I used a different etchant on:


The newer Konosuke Fujiyama FT B#2 lamination line is pretty outrageous too. I haven’t done any work on this one; it’s the stock finish from Kono.


Kanechika/Keiichi stainless clad W#1 doesn’t have the craziest lamination line, but the carbon migration shows nicely and I was able to bring out some cool banding patterns in the cladding:


One of my watetsu clad AS kiridashi has a pretty cool wavy lamination line that came out great after hitting it with some Jnats
 

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You got some polishing and photography skills there @pd7077.

Those Hiromotos do have wild lamination lines!
 

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ahh crap, never took a picture of my ikazuchi when I had a blue and purple patina on the core steel.
 

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Just to clarify; I do not intent for this thread to compete with the patina thread or general knife porn.

I thought it might be fun to elevate the aesthetic of the lamination line. Images in that theme are encouraged!
 

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I would love to bring out the lamination in some of my knives, but I don't know how to do it. Is there a thread or website that shows the technique, including stones on the whole bevel, how to handle dips and potholes, etching, etc.?
 

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Not mine, because I'm poor, but if I only cared for knives that look cool this would be my holy grail https://www.instagram.com/p/B2SFeMJAIIm/?igshid=gdmjdvtm4eq

@Xenif that's a really nice kasumi you got going. May I ask what you used?
Damn I had to go back to my polishing notebook for this .... King 300, SP1k, SP2K, soft Aka-pin, med soft Aiiwatani Kitta, med Mizukihara kumori suita, Kouzaki aoto (yes i said aoto), and then 2kinds of uchigumori figerstones.
 

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I would love to bring out the lamination in some of my knives, but I don't know how to do it. Is there a thread or website that shows the technique, including stones on the whole bevel, how to handle dips and potholes, etching, etc.?
https://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/index.php?threads/41394/

A recent one that may help. Honstly it just take some patience and the understanding that if you dont like the way it looks you can always drop back and rework it until you do. However, I do recommend a wide bevel iron clad knife (aka easier to polish) thats not too expensive for a first time.
 

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I would love to bring out the lamination in some of my knives, but I don't know how to do it. Is there a thread or website that shows the technique, including stones on the whole bevel, how to handle dips and potholes, etching, etc.?
There are some insane skills in KKF. Checkout some of the work in:

https://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/threads/show-your-work-uchigumori-and-co.29820/

(For example - Nutmeg's work)

A recent one that may help. Honstly it just take some patience and the understanding that if you dont like the way it looks you can always drop back and rework it until you do. However, I do recommend a wide bevel iron clad knife (aka easier to polish) thats not too expensive for a first time.
Absolutely... patience is key.

And if you want to get deeper into it than you should... I suspect obsessive madness is a prerequisite as well. Getting all the scratches out - making the surfaces uniformly shaded... increasing the contrasts between steels... It seems sometimes you have to invoke the dark arts!
 

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Yeah, I know there’s some patina involved too but I think 90% of the character comes from the cladding line
Lots of character there... it looks like there is banding in the core-steel in the last photo? If so... neat!
 

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A couple of Takefu steel San-Mai blades I did a while back. I make my own San-Mai now so I don’t use this stuff anymore but it certainly got my hooked on laminates!
Extra props for the DIY!
 

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