I am absolutely in love with my knife handle. I picked out the color scheme, saw the almost completed handle, then had the knife shipped me. As I received it, opened it, and was completely blown away, I cannot express my gratitude for such fine craftsmanship. The fit and finish was impeccable. The rest of my knives will be receiving the same treatment. Thank you Ben.
With all the talk about Japanese knives on here recently I decided to post this on the only one I own. It's in horrible shape and needs a lot of work.
I inherited this knife when my parents died 19 years ago. I believe they probably picked it up at a garage sale as they frequented them before they past. It has some markings in Japanese and only Japan in English.
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As you can see the tip is broken off and there are visible chips in the edge. It's probably a cheapy but can anybody identify it?
I was at a mom & pop old fashioned hardware store in Black Mountain, NC this morning to pick up a few things and stumbled across this knife...
$12.99 for a 7" butcher knife. Full tang, wooden handle, carbon steel blade... When I saw this knife I immediately had a flashback to my grandmother's kitchen where she had a collection of these on a magnetic strip that she used for 'my' entire life in her kitchen. I never saw any other knives in use at her house. I know isn't a high quality knife but I am going to see if I can make it my go-to knife of this type for a while and see what happens. The first thing I did after opening the package was to use some of my Boos Mystery Oil on the wooden handle. That was another memory from my grandmother's kitchen... i always thought those wooden handles looked really worn out. Maybe regular oiling will help that a bit. The blades on her knives were tarnished almost black which is common for this type of knife.. I am going to put a Trizor edge on it and see how it pans out....
Not sure if this is the right place or not, but I'm looking for a product review so I guessed this would be okay.
I'm looking into getting a knife "steel" (I think thats the correct spelling for the tool). I tried to do some research online, but most searches looking for "Knife Steel" return with info about the different quality/grade of the steel blade, not the actual steel used for honing the edge. I've see a lot of price variation on these and I'm trying to figure out how one could be better than another?
So far I've determined, a diamond steel tends to remove too much of the metal off the knife edge, requiring sharpening more often. Ceramic are nice, but also fragile. So I think I might be leaning toward a plain jane steel one.
Anything in particular I'm looking for? I know some have a grooved patter on the steel and it seems others are just textured.
Any and all info and links to reccomendations are appreciated!
Also, not looking to break the bank on this...as I assume more of my money will be put towards a different sharpener.
Also, John, if you read this, I know we have a ton of cutlery/knife/sharpening discussions on here. Might even be worth creating a new section somewhere just for cutlery?