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Noob sharpening Scratch clean up?

Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:13 pm

I got aggressive sharpening a Richmond Artifex 190 Santoku. Got it sharp but left some ugly marks on the sides. How do I restore the finish?

Re: Noob sharpening Scratch clean up?

Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:16 pm

It's difficult to remove a scratch from the blade. Without the proper skills, equipment it's possible to make the situation worse. There is no easy solution here, I have learned the hard way that it us usually best to live with the scratch. You will hear that you need to work with an abrasive of similar grit that created the scratch. Also any work on one side of the blade needs to be duplicated on the other to achieve uniformity.
Nothin is easy.

Re: Noob sharpening Scratch clean up?

Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:55 am

Serious scratch removal requires serious tools to do it right. This is something I'm getting more and more requests to do. AKA give it the 'Spa' treatment :) Some of those scratches go very deep - far deeper than you suspect. Getting the finish to be the same as the original finish is rare - you tend to get it either finer or coarser. There is some art to duplicating a finish. You will definitely be doing the entire knife and redoing the edge too in the process to do it right.

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Ken

Re: Noob sharpening Scratch clean up?

Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:05 pm

Gray ScotchBrite pad or:

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/200523 ... MgodpQcAuw

I thought CKTG used to carry these....perhaps not anymore. They're little padded sanding pads that work well at removing scratches.

Of course, if you have power equipment, a ScotchBrite belt on a grinder is MUCH faster. :)

Re: Noob sharpening Scratch clean up?

Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:55 pm

Agree with Adam on both products. Here is an Amazon link to the 3M Gray Scotchbrite pad. In the customer reviews there is a helpful chart for the 3M products.

http://www.amazon.com/20Pk-Scotch-Brite-Gray-Ultra/dp/B000CQ6I7G/ref=sr_1_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1398361819&sr=1-2&keywords=3m+scotch-brite

Re: Noob sharpening Scratch clean up?

Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:57 pm

Thanks you guys. If I sent it back to CKTG could clean it up for me? Or who?

Re: Noob sharpening Scratch clean up?

Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:06 pm

Ken does this sort of stuff, as do a number of other forum members. Check out the sharpeners/knife makers page to find some of these guys.

sharpener-s-corner-f19.html

knife-handle-makers-f34.html

Re: Noob sharpening Scratch clean up?

Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:20 pm

Kid, considering the price of that knife, I'd just leave it alone for a while. Get more sharpening experience under your belt first, until you're confident on not scratching the blade face. This happens to most of us when first leaning to sharpen.

Re: Noob sharpening Scratch clean up?

Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:36 pm

Yeah, +1 to Steve's comments. If you're not willing to do it yourself, don't do it. $10 shipping each way, plus even a small fee to clean it up and you're half the cost of the knife already.

Re: Noob sharpening Scratch clean up?

Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:53 pm

If you have a belt sander a trizac A45 "gator" belt works well with most satin finishes.
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