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 Post subject: Hirimoto 240 Sharpening
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:03 am 

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I just got a Hirimoto Gyotu for christmas and am incredibly happy with it... except that the sharpening and care instructions were in Japanese. This is my first Japanese knife, and my first carbon core knife. I just wanted to know any advice anyone had for care and maintenance. I used an oil stone with my old knife stainless Mercer. Should I use a water stone with this one?

 Post subject: Re: Hirimoto 240 Sharpening
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:44 am 

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I think if it is an Arkansas whetstone it would probably be fine. If it is a gray aluminum oxide brick I dunno.

I would say use a water stone. A Japanese way of sharpening for a Japanese knife. ;) lol Plus they work well for pretty much every other knife as well.

This one set should take care of pretty much everything that needs sharpening in the house and last for quite a while:

Down the road if you need to replace a stone (or upgrade, add to, etc.) you still have a good foundation to build on.

 Post subject: Re: Hirimoto 240 Sharpening
PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:30 pm 
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Waterstone are favored by use because they cut much faster than an oil stone and you can get finer grits and more available options in the stones. Oil stones will work, so I can't recommend against using it.....but waterstones are a good investment IMHO.


Don't cut frozen food
Wash/dry the knife soon after use
Don't use the knife as a pry bar
Common sense dishwasher, etc.


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