I put this under the Sharpening forum since it involves a knife repair.
First, I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed to my gaining enough knowledge to approach this problem with a correct solution - and not totally screw up a nice knife in the process
So...I was holding my 210 Yuki a little too low approaching the kitchen counter and caught the tip on the vertical edge of the Formica counter - and it dug in and bent the tip. I went from embarrassed
. I tried gently bending the tip back, but it broke off, taking 1.5 to 2mm of the tip with it. A few choice expletives came to mind
Then I remembered a post from a while back that showed the correct method to repair this issue - grind the spine to meet the new tip, don't touch the cutting edge.
I got my hand held belt sander, turned it over, and used a speed control to keep a nice lower rpm on the belt. I've played with this before doing other grinding and it worked pretty well for this task. I worked the spine down to meet the now shorter tip at the edge, then did a little smoothing of the spine edges. I then used some sandpaper to finish the spine and spine edges. It took about 15 minutes total.
The knife now looks like a mishap never happened - it looks and works as good as new
. It felt really good to meet this challenge calmly and git 'er done, as they say. And - another lesson learned in knife handling 201