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 Post subject: Sad day for my Richmond 240 AS gyuto...
PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 4:08 am 
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I tried my hand at thinning tonight. It seemed time as the cladding was coming near the edge and it just didn't seem to get as sharp or stay as sharp as I once rememered (when I used to chop down trees with a single blow). Maybe it was just my fading memory...

The blade was thinned out at the expense of the spine in a few places. It is not the prettiest girl/guy at the party anymore and I have real reverance for those who do this with other people's blades. It must take a real steady hand to keep them pretty and thin at the same time. So she's my workhorse once again.

Good news is she sliced the tomato again and again with just my thumb and index finger supporting the knife!

Thanks for giving me the confidence to attack this.

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 Post subject: Re: Sad day for my Richmond 240 AS gyuto...
PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 5:12 am 

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Coach,

It's pretty hard to dork something up so bad that it's not fixable. It's just a piece of metal. Maybe some pix of the battle scars would garner some recommendations for a cosmetic fix.

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Rick


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 Post subject: Re: Sad day for my Richmond 240 AS gyuto...
PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 1:29 pm 
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Norton Non Woven Abrasives or ScotchBrite pads can help restore the factory satin finish, smooth out the bead blasted portion of the blade and also help hide thinning scratches :)


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 Post subject: Re: Sad day for my Richmond 240 AS gyuto...
PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 6:39 pm 
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As long as she still glides through produce, i wouldn't worry too much about how she looks. I have a couple of knives that have been pretty severely uglied through the years, usually through my poor attempts to thin them. If anything, i think it adds to their allure.

Its a bit like marriage, you can't break it off just because she gains a few pounds ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Sad day for my Richmond 240 AS gyuto...
PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 2:15 am 
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Good thing for her......I'm dead if my wife sees this! :o



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 Post subject: Re: Sad day for my Richmond 240 AS gyuto...
PostPosted: Sun May 04, 2014 8:44 pm 
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Just finished making lunch for daughter so I thought that I'd try and take a picture of the abused knife. It's tough to see as my camera is experiencing a back focus issue right now but you can make out the wear on the spine... Poor baby.

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One of the problems that I'm finding is that months ago there was a night involving a dog, a crawling child, a small kitchen, and a falling knife that flew through the air in order not to hurt the dog or kid. It's bent back into shape, but I've found that there are "waves" in it which leads to peaks and valleys on the shoulder. Not big enough to see but big enough when you're trying to thin it out.
For those that are wondering, the Tajin is not part of the story, it's just what my daughter likes. On everything.



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 Post subject: Re: Sad day for my Richmond 240 AS gyuto...
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Well looks like you did most of the hard work, so it just needs to get a more even finish on it. IF you want.

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 Post subject: Re: Sad day for my Richmond 240 AS gyuto...
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Yup, Norton or ScotchBrite pads will help blend some of those in. Or what you can do is get some metal grade sandpaper like in 220, 320, 400, 600 or so, or non woven abrasive pads, put them onto a somewhat firm backer (hard rubber works well) and hand rub the top part of the blade going from the heel to the tip. This will give a nice finish to the upper half of the blade and leave the stone finish on the lower part of the blade.


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 Post subject: Re: Sad day for my Richmond 240 AS gyuto...
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 12:44 pm 

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As taz575 said, wet/dry sandpaper will do the trick. Those scratches are not too bad. If you start with 220, you should be fine. Biggest thing is that don't move to the next grit until all the scratches in the current grit are even. When you get to 400, you will start to see the magic happen. The scratches will start to disappear and you will start to see it polish. Move to 600 and if you want a better polish on it go to 800 and above. The secret is patience. It will take some time...In the end, it is all cosmetics though. So, if you really don't care about how the knife looks. Leave it as is.


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 Post subject: Re: Sad day for my Richmond 240 AS gyuto...
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 7:11 pm 
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I actually think the knife looks better like that. It has way more character and it looks like its been well used. It makes it seem more personal. Almost like how a pair of boots seems to look better once its been broken in and has a few scuffs.


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