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Re: looking for 210 Gyuto or 190ish santoku

Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:41 pm

thank you for the clarification Adam and taz

Re: looking for 210 Gyuto or 190ish santoku

Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:00 am

I ended up choosing the Kohetsu 210 Wa gyuto.

Re: looking for 210 Gyuto or 190ish santoku

Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:26 pm

Nice!! Pics or it didn't happen. :)

We love pictures.

Re: looking for 210 Gyuto or 190ish santoku

Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:52 pm

Mark has a winner with these. As much as I hate to admit it, I haven't used my other 4 go to blades since I got this one :)

Re: looking for 210 Gyuto or 190ish santoku

Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:36 am

Here are the pics, also including a pic of my Fujiwara 240 gyuto
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Re: looking for 210 Gyuto or 190ish santoku

Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:11 pm

I used my new Kohetsu over the weekend, it was a joy out of the box and made quick work of some onions, garlic, and peppers. the patina forming on just the edge of the knife looks awesome and it will only get better. One thing I did notice was the handle original had a very smooth finished feel to it out of the box but after getting it wet running it under the faucet, it became rather rough with almost a "furry" feel to it almost as if there originally was a finish on the handle that washed away.

Re: looking for 210 Gyuto or 190ish santoku

Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:53 pm

This is exactly what the handle is supposed to do :) The handle was sanded smooth at the factory. When it got wet, the grain rose and swelled a bit, hence the furry feeling. It is supposed to give better grip/traction when it's wet and slimy. Many people sand it down or oil the handle frequently to prevent this. I leave my Ho wood handles alone finish wise, but I usually make up my own custom handles for my knives anyway.

Re: looking for 210 Gyuto or 190ish santoku

Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:54 pm

I think that's just the grain of the wood being raised by the water. You could try a few different things:

Lightly sand it down with 320 or 400 grit sandpaper, then:

Give it a few light coats of mineral oil or mineral oil/beeswax mix, letting it soak in between coats, then wipe it down really well. Do this periodically as needed to restore some water resistance to the handle. Georges Clubhouse Wax (available at WoodCraft) works very well also.

OR (don't do both!)

Put on two or three coats of Watco Danish Oil, letting it soak in and dry well between coats for a more permanent finish.
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