Random pictures of knife sharpening and refinishing we do

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  1. Jun 8, 2016 #61

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    Not a problem! I totally understand! I think last time you had a bag of 30 knives to get to! :dazed:
     
  2. Jun 8, 2016 #62

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    The mukimono is looking awesome :doublethumbsup:
     
  3. Jun 13, 2016 #63

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    After getting a few e-mails from customers and other people about this, i think people may have misunderstood what i did here. In the pictures, it appears as though the bevel blends into the upper section of the blade and the shoulder of the bevel has been removed. It has not. The shoulders can be easily felt by running ones fingers over the edge. They are still there. In fact, the blade is sharpened flat along the wide bevel (and in some cases, an additional bevel at the edge or microbevel has been added, depending on how acute the wide bevel was). As it turns out, many takeda blades were sharpened at acute angles like this from the factory for quite some time, but as of late, have been less acute. Just wanted to clarify, as a few people have asked me about this. For what its worth, i also dont believe that thinning blades requires getting rid of bevel shoulders at all. There are some cases where that makes sense, and others where it does not. Just wanted to clarify.
     
  4. Jun 15, 2016 #64

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    This one is not my work personally, but rather one of the guys who's been learning with me for a few years now... natural stone finish (shobudani suita and uchigumori hazuya finger stones) on a kurouchi kato

    [video]https://www.facebook.com/JapaneseKnifeImports/videos/10153852845718860/[/video]
     
  5. Jun 15, 2016 #65

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    I like it :doublethumbsup:
     
  6. Jun 16, 2016 #66

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    I've been playing around with finishes on a Kato Kikuryu for someone lately... gone through a few different revisions of what i wanted to do and how i went about it it... here was the first one:

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    And here is what i did today:

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  7. Jun 16, 2016 #67

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    Gorgeous work Jon!
     
  8. Jun 16, 2016 #68

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    I like them both! You can send that one to Canada along with the KU gyuto posted yesterday once they're ready
     
  9. Jun 18, 2016 #69

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    working on refinishing a Tsukasa Hinoura this morning:

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  10. Jun 18, 2016 #70
    Just beautiful work Jon.
     
  11. Jun 18, 2016 #71

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    Gorgeous.
     
  12. Jun 18, 2016 #72

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    Wow Jon, I love these posts - pure knife porn. Keep them coming :coolsign:
     
  13. Jun 19, 2016 #73

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    So I have to ask.... (and I hope it's not big deal going a little off topic)

    You have been working with knives full-time now for a good chunk of time. I'm sure you've seen and handled more knives than most of combined could even dream of.

    But you originally started off just like one of us (an enthused knife knerd). So...

    Do you still get giddy when you get a chance to handle unicorns like this?
     
  14. Jun 19, 2016 #74

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    yeah... its still a lot of fun. Thankfully, we manage to see a large number of super badass knives on a daily basis for sharpening/repair/refinishing, but its still a great time. With things like Hinoura-san's work, what gets to me the most is that I've become good friends with the guy... we talk just as much about non-knife things as we do about knife things now days.
     
  15. Jun 21, 2016 #75

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    Thinning and quick refinish of a watanabe wa-gyuto (customer opted for spine to edge finishing in this case)

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    and before and after choil shot of the same knife

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  16. Jun 21, 2016 #76

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    SUPER stoked by the job Jon did on my kikuryu recently! The knife had obvious "bald'' spots within the pattern, the pattern wasnt as defined, and Jon worked his magic once again to make this knife better than new! I have a before pic and the after pics. The photo quality doesnt do it justice, much better in person!

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    After: (the random spots were from wetting and drying the knife at home)
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    OMG!!! That knife looks unbelievable now!

    I need kikuryu so badly now...
     
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    Wow that kikuryu had undergone quite the transformation! Amazing work Jon!!
     
  19. Jun 21, 2016 #79

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    Do it Mike! If you have the chance to get your hands on one (and I know you should have no problem lol), get it and send it out to Jon ASAP lol.
     
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    I have an eternal dibs on YG's kikuryu :nunchucks:
     
  21. Jun 21, 2016 #81

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    Hahah! You sure do Tanner!
     
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    :doublethumbsup:
     
  23. Jun 21, 2016 #83

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    I just received my mukimono back from Jon and I can whole heartedly say that Jon's finish looks even better than new - the edge is more mirror and there is slightly more contrast in the Kitaeji!

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  24. Jun 23, 2016 #84

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    Looking at the wood, unless this was re-handled, it is hard to believe it is the same blade. The proportions and grain patterns seem quite different, as do the facets on the sides of the choil.
     
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    Same knife... Different angle, different lighting, different white balance... That's it
     
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    another takeda (this time with a natural stone finish and the same kind of sharpening takeda-san does for his knives... but at a slightly lower angle).

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    It looks better than new!

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    I can see it in the app but not on the website
     
  28. Jun 24, 2016 #88
    Jon, your work makes me want to buy some crappy, beaten up knife just to see what you can turn it into :)
     
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    [video]https://youtu.be/ImuuydmDA5k[/video]
     
  30. Jun 28, 2016 #90

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    Not going to show any before pics of my attempt at sharpening that. Jon is amazing.
     

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