Hi everyone, I am another new guy with a question about this Watanabe 150mm petty I've had for a couple months.
I cannot get this thing to hold an edge to save my life. I took a picture with lots of glare to try to show what's happening. I can get it pretty sharp, but the edge just buckles even after one light use (maybe you can see the deformation along the edge in the pic). This is from cutting up two tomatoes and a cucumber after a sharpening...
About me and my skills: I am a professional carpenter/woodworker with lots of experience sharpening blue/white steel Jp tools. I have a pretty decent selection of stones and feel like I know them pretty well. Knives aren't totally new to me, but I've probably only been sharpening for 2-3 years. I get good results that last on my other knives (a Yoshikane 180 Gyuto and two kind of generic wa-handled knives from Japan Woodworker http://www.japanwoodworker.com/product/ ... agata.aspx
) so I'm a little curious about the fact that I'm having such issues with just this one. It seriously looks like I've used it to chop sand on a granite counter, which I have not.
Also... although I'm pretty sure this is a burr/wire edge issue, I also can't say I've been totally impressed by this knife overall. The fit and finish was kind of rough, the grind was pretty bad (see pic--it took me like 2 hours to flatten out the high/low spots enough to sharpen) and I had to pay extra to upgrade from a plastic ferrule, which brought the price up to around $200. I feel like maybe I could have done better.
OK, I'll try to wrap it up. I have tried EVERYTHING to deburr this blade after sharpening: edge trailing strokes on each stone, stropping, gentle slicing through cork, soft wood, felt block, you name it. Any suggestions?
Also, if anyone has any suggestions for a nice laser-ish petty, I'm looking. I keep looking at the Kamo R2 http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kar2pe15.html
. It just looks bad. But I'd love to hear from someone who's actually used one and has some feedback.
Any help you guys can offer is greatly appreciated.