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 Post subject: How to straighten a bent knife?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:18 pm 
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I received my richmond knife on and after a moment of using I noticed the blade to be warped slightly. It's a great knife otherwise but I'm not too happy with the warping. It does seem to affect the way the blade handles. Please email me back with my options on fixing this problem.

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 Post subject: Re: How to straighten a bent knife?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:22 pm 
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Hi Cody,

This is an easy fix usually and you can do it a couple ways. Japanese knife makers use a stick with a groove cut into to give you leverage but I use the palm of my hand and the edge of a table. This is a good trick to learn since thin san-mai knives can bend a little more easily than thicker mono steel type knives and it's something I always check right before I sharpen. I have a video on how I do it that I'll post shortly.

If you try and fix the knife and mess it up let me know and I'll have you send it back to me but I'm confident you can get it straight in under a minute.



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 Post subject: Re: How to straighten a bent knife?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:24 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: How to straighten a bent knife?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:48 pm 
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Worked just fine. Thank you. Is it common to have a knife come in a little bent? Just curious?



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 Post subject: Re: How to straighten a bent knife?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:54 pm 
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Great! It's usually quick and easy.

It's not very common in mono steel knives but it's a little more common in clad knives, especially traditionally forged Japanese knives like yanagis. The Japanese have a term for this they call the steel "relaxing" and the iron or stainless in your knife's case can expand and contract a tiny bit but at different amounts which can cause the knife to bend a little. It usually only occurs when the knife is newly made.

Some makers will let their newly forged knives sit on the shelf for a few months before they finish the knife to allow it to relax so it doesn't happen in the box.



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 Post subject: Re: How to straighten a bent knife?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:29 am 
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As a general rule, I completely expect any inexpensive yanagi to warp to the point of needing fixing within a few months.



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