Stringer WIP

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  1. Mar 19, 2019 #31

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    I had one more half an onion left. So I did one more to demonstrate how useful the vertical method is for finely mincing (brunoise).

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  2. Mar 25, 2019 #32

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    Today I did some work on a Forgecraft 10" Chef Knife. I received this knife in what appeared to be pretty much new old stock condition. I have used it for about a year. Just touching up the edge here and there. I decided I needed to really put it through it's paces. I started with King Deluxe 300. Then shapton glass 500. Then glass 2000, 4000, 8000.
    I stropped in between grits on leather, paper, soft wood, cork. Not all every time. Just I tend to remove the burr working gently through lots of media.
    There were some low spots from the original grind. I didn't bother smoothing these all the way out. I just gave myself a few mm of cushion between them and the edge. They will work there way out over time.
    I did notice a very crumbly weak shiny wire burr break off when I first went to the glass 2k. It left a visibly jagged edge several inches long. I assumed this was fatigued metal. Went back and did a few more passes on the 500 until I had nice fresh strong steel. I didn't notice anything else funky as I went back to the 2k and up the progression. Anyways. It performs pretty good. I will probably rehandle eventually, but this one is in immaculate condition, so it seems a shame to mess with it. I have a couple more much rougher ones that will get new kicks.

    First, from when I bought it.

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    A group picture
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    Today after sharpening and polishing the bevels. You can see the low spots.
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    And the patina after some test cutting. The first onion turned black in like 3 seconds.
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  3. Mar 25, 2019 #33

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    I put a handle on the Martell Petty blank. I am pretty happy with it. Bocote and peened brass pins. Sorry that the photos are crap. I still need to finish the blade. I did a vinegar and mustard etch and then sharpened to 2000 grit. I plan on taking it to 8000 and then polishing the blade road with sand paper. It will give a nice contrast with the dark part. At least for a little bit until the patina turns everything gun metal gray.

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    Test Chop Onion

     
  5. Apr 23, 2019 #35

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    Nice job, I actually like it as is rough and rustic blade. Bocote is one of my favorite woods, so two thumbs up!
     
  6. Apr 23, 2019 #36

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    Some carrots

     
  7. May 2, 2019 #37

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    Started working on my next project today. My first knife starting from annealed steel. I'm using 1095 that is .14" / 3.5mm thick. The blade profile will be similar to Watanabe or Masashi. Tall, 270mm santoku basically. With a Sabatier style Western handle. Brass bolsters.

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