Question regarding polishing/rounding spine/choil

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  1. Aug 17, 2019 #1

    Koakuma

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    I have been doing a lot of polishing and rounding of spine and choil that was not to my liking. My question to that is, how would a self polished/rounded knife affect its after market value. (consider if the polishing/rounding job is decent) Would it devalued because most people would prefer the knives been untouched? Or will they be more appreciated for having better F&F?
     
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    Would not affect the value for me personally. I imagine it’ll depend a lot on the buyer.
     
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    Tim Rowland

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    Depends all on buyer preference. In my opinion it does not devalue.
    That being said I think all handmade kitchen knives should have rounded spines/choils, they don't have to be a full polish but a good relief rounding over.
     
  4. Aug 17, 2019 #4

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    is it a kato or shigefusa? then it might decrease the value doing this.
     
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    I think it depends on the knife.

    I rounded and polished/mirrored the choil on Watanabe Honyaki to match the blade, so it was a good fit. If you do that on some rustic KU knives it’s look wrong. I have some misono carbon knives and the spine is more 90° and a bit sharp, but is useful because you can scrape bones when doing butchery.
     
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    Yea, I ‘sharpen’ the spines on my boning knives for this reason. :)
     
  7. Aug 17, 2019 #7

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    I round all sharp edges on my knives as soon as i get them. exception being KU knives since as you said it ruins the look and also that bare metal does not hold oil and it will rust much faster than the black coatings.
     
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    Depends on knife and whether the factory finish is poor. TF Nashiji is definitely rough in those areas. I had the shop ease the spines and choils which made a huge improvement.
     
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    Koakuma

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    There are a lot of good points you guys made here. KU knives wouldn’t look good after a polish on the spine at all. If the sharp spine is useful then rounding it would not make it more appealing. Definitely have to think about it more before I decides to start polish my knives.
     
  10. Aug 19, 2019 #10

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    What do you use to round the spine and choil?
     
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    I uses redline sandpaper, start at 220 grit and go up to 800 grit for polish.
     
  12. Aug 23, 2019 #12

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    Thanks,
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    I think the only problem you would have reselling would be that it is no longer “original”. Which isn’t a bad thing but it leaves the question open to the buyer of what they are getting if it is not how you received it. Pictures can show the work done tho and some people might even think that you already did the work they would have done. I don’t think you have devalued your knives but may have cut out the people that want second hand knives as original as possible.
     
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