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Got an uchigumori from Nutmeg over a month ago and just now had a few moments to play around with it. Nothing like most of the polish work here, but I’m fairly pleased for my first go-at-it. Tried it out on my used and abused Takeda nakiri and got this finish after just a few minutes. Can’t wait to get it going on my single bevel. Any tips/feedback welcome.
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Got an uchigumori from Nutmeg over a month ago and just now had a few moments to play around with it. Nothing like most of the polish work here, but I’m fairly pleased for my first go-at-it. Tried it out on my used and abused Takeda nakiri and got this finish after just a few minutes. Can’t wait to get it going on my single bevel. Any tips/feedback welcome.
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Based on scratches on the cladding i'm guessing it's a nice softie! try working it a little longer, let the mud develop and those should turn into a wonderful haze.
 

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Actually, this uchigumori is very fine and doesn‘t produces scratches that can be seen on pictures made with a cellular phone.

What I see is you went from 800-1000#grit diagonal to the edge directly to the uchigumori.
A finer synth is missing like 2k parallel or almost parallel to the edge.
 

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Worked on the 2 blades on the left tonight. Made a lot of progress this year, and though I’ve plenty of room for improvement; I’m finally starting to really enjoy the results.

Finish was given by the Uchigumori beast on which this blade is resting.
 

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First time posting in this sub so I am nowhere near the level you guys have! So today I felt like refinishing my Takeo Murata petty because i got some sandpaper in the mail from aliexpress (only one side this time, it really takes a bit of time doing this manually). I used the sandpaper and my king 1000 stone to achieve this result and I must say that I am pretty chuffed about it for a first faux sumi wabi sabi refinish!
 

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A few years back i was going through my late grandfathers workshop - he was a handyman's handyman - and came across this beast of a cleaver. Brought it home from CA to TX to give it some much needed love. Used a handheld belt sander to remove the rough stuff. Then a progression of wet sandpaper up to 800 grit if i recall correctly. Went to about 2k grit on the bevel. Used olive wood for handle scales. My cousin and her husband lived close to grandpa and were very good to him so i gifted. They raise pigs and a few cattle for sale/food so I've sharpened their knives from time to time. Recently hooked them up with a pair of Munetoshi butchers. Changed their world. :)

Don't have the blade, but do have the pics and memories. He was a great man.

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I have no idea what im doing, but i love it already. Got my first Natural stones yesterday and last night went to work on messing up my Haclyon Forge. First i felt like it was cheating to just work over top his finish, so i took out the bester 1k and just started to carelessly polish. This shined up the blade in some spots, scratched it in others, now i had some pressure to perform!
Be sure there is hip hop in the background, as it seems to be the sharpening music of choice, amiright? mainly Gift of Gab
Setup: 400 atoma plate, 1k bester, takenoko, red aoto stone, Naritaka kiita stone, local hazy ipa, towels, Haclyon Forge knife
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result after maybe 10-20 minutes per stone per side. I have no idea how long actually, i was not sober.
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early morning sunlight shot:
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I have a lot to learn, but im not embarrassed and i didn't ruin the knife as far as i can tell. the Narutaki kiita stone is amazing. Fine but really gets muddy and cuts. and even though its a bit rough cut, i think its a gorgeous stone to look at. I have another stone arriving soon between these 2 grits to play with, I think this will enhance things.

I can understand why you guys can get addicted to the Naturals, they are something to behold. The edge the Red Aoto put on my knives was incomparable to what i was getting on synthetics. so toothy and sharp, i made some veggie stock this morning so i could test edges. the feel of the naturals is superior to me, at least these stones. really good feedback, nice rate of cutting, much more pleasant than i had expected from naturals.

Im in it for sure, now to find that perfect cheaters stone... haha.

Looking forward to learning more here, and putting more finishes on knives
 

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Started dabbling with finger stones thanks to some complimentary stones from Ben! Nowhere near your guys’ finesse, but I was pretty proud of this polish. Seems like this is the perfect thread to show it! Kasumiiiiiii

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Reviving an old post but how did you achieve this finish on a non-wide bevel knife? Did you lay it flat on a jnat or was it sandpaper/fingerstones?
 

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2 different knives made by myself. First is stainless-clad 1.2442, the other is mild steel-clad 9-fold oroshigane which is also wrapped around W2 for the cutting edge. Polish revealed large clusters of cementite (bright dots) as the carbon content in the oroshigane was above 2% in places and for reasons unknown to me did not diffuse into the surrounding area.

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The oroshi blade...

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since Daniel jut posted, ill post results with the stone i got from Daniel recently: this was done with red aoto then maruo tomae.

first, the less flattering shots showing micro scratches i need to work on. im finding it difficult on this stone to get rid of these, just a lighter touch i guess? maybe more slurry. overall though, the finish is pretty clean and even.
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and i just thought this was cool, fun colors, even though the picture is gritty
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since Daniel jut posted, ill post results with the stone i got from Daniel recently: this was done with red aoto then maruo tomae.

first, the less flattering shots showing micro scratches i need to work on. im finding it difficult on this stone to get rid of these, just a lighter touch i guess? maybe more slurry. overall though, the finish is pretty clean and even.
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and i just thought this was cool, fun colors, even though the picture is gritty
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It is persistent with all Maruo stones I've used. More pressure always helped me.
 

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yes, i started to understand the stone more as the evening went on. its still not as intuitive as the other 2 i have, but it does give the best contrast when i get it right! i think that area of scratches was a bit higher than the rest of the bevel at the shoulder too, so prob just needed longer to smooth out compared to the rest of the bevel. i got the majority of the blade looking pretty clean, but i didnt want to pretend it was without its flaws. ill keep learning more about the stone as i gain skill.
 

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2 different knives made by myself. First is stainless-clad 1.2442, the other is mild steel-clad 9-fold oroshigane which is also wrapped around W2 for the cutting edge. Polish revealed large clusters of cementite (bright dots) as the carbon content in the oroshigane was above 2% in places and for reasons unknown to me did not diffuse into the surrounding area.

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The oroshi blade...

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So much to love about this post Daniel. I must get round to posting some shots of your knife on here.
 

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A few years back i was going through my late grandfathers workshop - he was a handyman's handyman - and came across this beast of a cleaver. Brought it home from CA to TX to give it some much needed love. Used a handheld belt sander to remove the rough stuff. Then a progression of wet sandpaper up to 800 grit if i recall correctly. Went to about 2k grit on the bevel. Used olive wood for handle scales. My cousin and her husband lived close to grandpa and were very good to him so i gifted. They raise pigs and a few cattle for sale/food so I've sharpened their knives from time to time. Recently hooked them up with a pair of Munetoshi butchers. Changed their world. :)

Don't have the blade, but do have the pics and memories. He was a great man.

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Your dad would be proud, you did a beautiful resorption and that hairline finish really sings.
 

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So much to love about this post Daniel. I must get round to posting some shots of your knife on here.
Thanks Otto. I've been in a rut for the past month after hitting a wall with some handles, but I'm getting back at it.

Crucible steel is next.
 

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Same knife as earlier but used on an unmarked, old, incredibly fast and incredibly fine Mikawa Nagura that I was just assuming is a flavor of mejiro, but wow. Noted fineness! It's such a soft, buttery but super fast nagura.

Again, Oroshigane, which can be found in Japanese swords

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And then another angle showing scratch pattern.

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