My favorite color is USED .......the unvarnished patina thread!

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Grayswandir

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Are stones allowed to play CK?

I was bored yesterday so went to an salvage/antique shop, in which I found very grubby, cheap, old oilstone. It was pretty flat, finer than most that you normally see in this kind of place, and it had a nice dai:

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Gave the holder a bit of a cursory sand and oil:

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Wanged the stone in almost boiling water with a dishwasher tablet, and hey presto:

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Once all the grime had come off it turned out to be an old Norton India, and I actually quite like it. Feels about 800 ish grit, and very fast.

[No varnish was involved in the restoration of this whetstone, so hopefully it still has enough character to qualify ;)]
That stone was a hell of a nice find. Hope I get lucky enough to find something like that one day.
 

cawilson6072

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These are not high quality knives per se, but I really love these little Opinel Carbones for quick paring jobs. They're soft and should patina fairly quickly, but I've found them easy enough to keep a fair edge with a strop on cork and maybe a pass on a really crappy steel rod (like J.A. Henckels block set crappy). For about $11/knife, I have alot of love for these.

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The Yanagi is fairly new (White #2), but on the right trajectory. Maybe this thread will still be going in a year when it has some proper patina to share.

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I think it’s the only knife I post pictures of, but it’s been a while. Catching up on this thread and feeling inspired to show her off again. This was last week right before I gave it a bit of a thinning. I hope, despite a fair amount of blue, the thick bevel, layers of grey, and subtle signs of putting qualify it to be appropriate in the thread with the patina scoundrels
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