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 Post subject: Is there a clear coat on my J-knives
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 10:52 pm 

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Good afternoon,

I was just curious to know if my Masakage Shimos have a clear coat of some kind on the blade and if so should it be removed?? Do any of the J-knives come with a clear coat which should be removed?? Thank you

Jamie


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a clear coat on my J-knives
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 11:42 pm 

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Most of the carbon steel Japanese knives I've gotten had a lacquer-like coating on them to protect them. This coating should be removed. Use acetone on a cotton makeup "sponge" to remove it.


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a clear coat on my J-knives
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 12:15 am 
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JAMIE <> "Should be" would be more appropriately, "can be".



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 Post subject: Re: Is there a clear coat on my J-knives
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 12:40 am 

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If it is left on, it will wear unevenly, and the blade will develop a splotchy patina. It also will come off on the food you cut with the knife. Not that you will poison anyone, but ...


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a clear coat on my J-knives
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 1:29 am 

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If you cut anything with a crust, say a nicely seared roast, the lacquer can crack and allow moisture underneath. You will see that pretty quickly though, so no real rush to reach for the acetone.

Also, try not to cut yourself through the acetone soaked rag. It smarts.

Cheers,

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 Post subject: Re: Is there a clear coat on my J-knives
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 1:34 am 

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Thank you all, I will remove it with Acetone. Can anyone tell me why it is on there unless, as noted by Rick, it is for protection? Thank you

Jamie


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 Post subject: Re: Is there a clear coat on my J-knives
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 1:41 am 
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its an anti rust deterent



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 Post subject: Re: Is there a clear coat on my J-knives
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 4:03 am 
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JAMIE <> As you suspect & as WHO'S implies, it is to protect the reactive metals from reacting. It is like a kurouchi, per`se.

As RICK, has pointed out, it will wear off on it's own, it is not toxic, and it can be removed, if desired, with acetone.



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 Post subject: Re: Is there a clear coat on my J-knives
PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 4:22 am 

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Thank you Mel,

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