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Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:57 pm
I see that these are out of stock and due back in by 4/18/13,I want to get my father one for his birthday,but have a few questions.In the reviews there seems to be an overgrind problem,has this been addressed any with future stock coming?Also is the kurouchi finish on the upcoming stock like what is shown on the review video or the black lacquer like the rest of the ITK series?I assume that this knife will take a mustard\water mix forced patina on it well?Lastly I see that there isnt a saya that fits it,any recommendations on any type of nice looking storage box?
Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:42 pm
I have 2 that I got this past fall IIRC, one I use and one that I got to have on hand for a rehandle. Neither have the overgrind as far as I can tell. The bevels on the one I use were pretty flat and flattened out easily on a coarse stone. Most knives in this style will not have dead flat machined bevels, but the bevels will have some waviness to them that will flatten out. They have the black lacquer Kurouchi finish on them, not the grey finish as in the video and pics. The KU finish will not patina, but I guess you can force a patina after removing the KU finish on it. You can get a custom saya made up for it as well.
I just did a new handle for mine. It works pretty well and sharpens up easily. I noticed some extra friction during cutting due to the finish on the blade road, but it still cut pretty easily. Polishing up the blade road will make it even smoother in the cut though!
Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:53 am
These are back in stock btw. We got our order a couple weeks early.
We're checking these knives before they go out so we should catch them. You'll find the ones with slight grind issues in our close out/seconds section goiing forward.
Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:03 pm
Are these the grey KU finish? Or black KU?
Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:56 pm
Black KU. I'll have an updated picture on there tomorrow.
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