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 Post subject: How to remove laquer.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:05 pm 
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Hi,

I just received my new knife - looks great.
I notice it has a lacquer coating. No doubt to keep rust away in storage/transit. What is the best way to remove this? Ie is there a solvent, or does it scrub off?
Or do you just sharpen and let the rest ware off with time

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 Post subject: Re: How to remove laquer.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:11 pm 
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I usually leave on and it slowly wears off but if you want to strip it off a popular method is acetone aka nail polish remover.



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 Post subject: Re: How to remove laquer.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:19 pm 

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You can sand it off too, though that will obviously leave a scratch pattern of some sort.


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 Post subject: Re: How to remove laquer.
PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:19 pm 

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What knife, how is it finished, and what is the intended use? These all matter.

To answer your question, most use acetone. Ken recommends mechanical methods such as a buffer. Not sure if that would burn the coating, but who cares it's coming off anyway. Just be careful putting the knife to a fast wheel because it's a hazardous move.

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 Post subject: Re: How to remove laquer.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:16 am 
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I think the knife in question is the Anryu kurouchi.

{For those of you that read this and are new to this stuff, many Japanese knife makers use carbon steels in their knives that will rust on the shelf, in humid climates so it's common for knife makers to coat their knives with something to keep them from rusting in the box. Some oil the knives and some others coat it with a thin layer of lacquer. Both camelia oil and the lacquer they use are food safe}



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 Post subject: Re: How to remove laquer.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:44 pm 

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I polished it off the edge of my first knives with a strop and left it on the rest of the blade. Subsequent thinning of the blade removed more of it, but I still have the lacquer on the kurouchi part of the blade. I don't know about with the Anryu, but with mine it seems to keep the kurouchi nice and smooth so there is less friction when cutting taller items.


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 Post subject: Re: How to remove laquer.
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Thanks all. Yes it's the Anryu with a kurouchi 'black' finish. I ended up removing the lacquer with a solvent - what I had at hand was parts cleaner (carbi cleaner) which dissolved it on contact. It looked like it would have rubbed off but I didn't want to impact the finish.
As the cladding steel is stainless in my case rust on that area shouldn't be a problem.
I guess I just prefer the natural look&feel of the metal over the plastic feel the lacquer gives :)
Geoff


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 Post subject: Re: How to remove laquer.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:51 pm 
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Thanks for filling this order so quickly. It is here now. I'm assuming I should remove the lacquer on the Yamashin White #1 Nakiri YS-NA165W. Do you have a good method for doing this?

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Hi Ronald,

Same advice as above. If you have any other questions about the knife, care or sharpening let us know here on our forum and we'll be happy to help.



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