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Kavik
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Nov 6, 2019
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Mine just arrived today, ordered direct from the company SharpEdge really delivered on their namesake again lol Even being a lighter, smaller knife, this thing push cuts newspaper with just the weight of the blade. Impressive for an out of the box edge! All in all, it looks like it'll be a great knife. A little bigger than I had pictured in my head, but not so big that it's a problem. I'm just used to my other petty knives that are on the smaller side at 120mm. If I had to find faults, I can list 3, but none of them are major at all, and all are just what you get in a hand forged, hand ground, hand sharpened, hand finished knife with natural materials in the handle The handle: there is a slight step between the wood and the ferrule, and the wax finish only fills about 95% of the gap at the base of the blade. Both things indicate the ferrule material probably shrunk a little more than the walnut between Slovenia and here, not surprising. Isn't even a problem, but could be fixed with sandpaper and re-waxing Grinding on the blade path is a little wonky. Looks to be ground on a wheel, not a belt and platen, so again not surprising. And nothing that will hurt the performance, just enough to catch waves in reflections. Could be flattened out on the stones easily when it needs sharpening. Grinding on the edge of the blade is a bit uneven too. Still sharp as f***, but similar to the issue I mentioned with the bunka: these have a bevel set, then get convexed, and both have a couple small spots where the convexing didn't take over the entirety of the original bevel (that may not make sense, but I don't know how else to put it. Some flat spots show through) Also something that will resolve itself in the first sharpening, so I'm not bothered. I won't be able to give an actual review here later, since I didn't buy it here, but yes. Yes, I would recommend this based on my initial tests/examination. And I would pair it with the matching Bunka 😉👍
Nov 6, 2019
Kavik
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Nov 6, 2019
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And the side by side shot, layed out on the piece of ziricote that will someday be my magnetic knife rack
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240mm Tanaka gyuto in damascus clad VG10 SharpEdge ZDP189 Bunka 190mm SharpEdge ZDP189 Petty 135mm Konosuke Fujiyama Petty 120mm White #2 @sharpedge Grega, thanks again for hooking me up outside of the drop window that I missed!
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Nov 6, 2019
sharpedge
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Nov 7, 2019
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Hey Kavik, thanks again for your very detailed and honest review. We don't have much more to add, we think you covered it all. For the wood/ferrule connection - yeah, two long plane rides can make a small gap/step between the walnut and the pakka, wood is a living thing and "breathes". A little sandpaper will solve the thing, we agree. As for the small irregularities on the blade. It is indeed ground on the wheel, and we believe these irregularities happen in the thinning process. They are more evident on smaller knives where blacksmith needs to be as precise as possible. And when hand work is involved, there's always a % of variation. That's what we actually like about hand-made Japanese knives, not one is exactly the same. :) But yeah, after the first few sharpening sessions, these irregularities can be removed. Thanks for sharing the photo of your collection, and we invite you to take some time to finish that magnetic rack soon ;)
Nov 7, 2019
Kavik
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Nov 7, 2019
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Yeah, i don't mind the irregularities in the thinning at all (unless they're bad enough to feel, and change the performance, which these definitely aren't). You're right, it's part of the charm of a hand made blade 😁 Ugh. This knife rack project has been taunting me WAY too long. I have two beautiful pieces of that ziricote to pick from, one much longer and a bit wider than the other. Neither of which is thick enough to use without an additional backing board. Since they're gonna need a thicker mounting plate anyway, to move the handles away from the wall, I keep going back and forth on whether or not I should re-saw these to get 2 or 3 out of each piece (they really weren't cheap pieces of wood). Or resaw them even thinner, to use as a laminate over another piece of wood, and avoid having to route in the ziricote for the magnets all together, just making it the thickness I need for the magnets to work through the wood Too many options, my brain shuts down and I can't pick one. And i just thought of another new option while typing this lol
Nov 7, 2019
sharpedge
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Nov 7, 2019
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Yeah, I feel you! Ours are made from one single piece of wood. On the back side holes are drilled for the magnets, and the depth of the hole is adjusted for the strength of the magnets. Since we have two dedicated magnets for each knife, and not the whole strip, we can keep the whole block of wood intact.
Nov 7, 2019
Kavik
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Nov 7, 2019
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I think i'm already decided on a full strip of magnets (or two parallel strips, depending on the strength of the magnets). My OCD wouldn't like the uneven spacing of different width knives on center on individual magnet spots lol
Nov 7, 2019
sharpedge
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Haha, I understand! Looking forward to the final product, send us some photos when you're done!
Nov 7, 2019
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