Always can tell your work without looking at who posted it. It’s always a step above!!That's it, the polishing project is now complete! I installed the handle last night and now this gyuto is ready to be sharpened, I will start using it tonight.
It's more than pleasant to work with a honyaki blade and it's by far what I love doing the most now. Doing a mirror finish is really my element and to see the hamon appear and reveal its beauty is... it's simply magnificent. It's a lot of work to get there, especially with this steel which once again showed me that patience is a virtue. But holding something in your hand that you are proud of is priceless.
Knife maker - @MSicardCutlery
Type - Gyuto, Honyaki
Steel - Sheffcut
Hrc - ~65
Length - 225mm
Total weight - 171g
Hamon style - Midare and ashi with a crisp nioi
Handle - Wenge, pearl resin ring and micarta spacers - Heptagonal - 140mm
Sandpaper - Initial state at 320 and followed by 400 & 800 with 3M
Diamond pate - 1,2k-1,5k-2k-3k-4k-5k-14k-50k-100k-200k by TechDiamondTools
Etching - Ferric chloride diluted with water, 3:1
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That's so sweet of you.. really! Thanks manAlways can tell your work without looking at who posted it. It’s always a step above!!
Now that is some crazy patience and some really nice work! I've felt similar pain when trying to correct the bevel of a yanagiba, but I don't think my experience even compares... I hope I can get some more practice and get to that level.Update from previous - finished the Atoma 140 diamond finally (had to tilt slightly down towards the heel to get the flat spot). Did some on the Atoma 400, now at Shapton 320 and JNS 300
Ok cool, I’ll probably pick up a Shapton 220 and naniwa 400 then@NickMinton first of all, nice job on this knife man! I know the pain and I really enjoy what you've done here
I never had that crazy amount of low spots but my technique is always the same :
- Eliminate all low spots on coarser stone, I usually use a Shapton 220. I'm doubly careful near the tip and I try not to cheat near the heel, so as not to raise the shinogi line.
- A tight progression on coarser stone is always beneficial, especially to remove every deep scratches left with the 200. I then go with shapton 320 and check if everything is nice and crisp. At this point I can focus on the final geometry too.
- Naniwa 400 will reveal any imperfections and at this point you may have to go back to 320 to fine tune some spots. Usually after this stone, if the job is well made, it's just a matter of progression until the polish desired.