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 Post subject: Question about sharpening a brand new Tanaka VG10
PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:34 pm 

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Hey guys,

I Just acquired a new Tanaka VG10 Damascus 210mm Gyuto, and while the edge is pretty decent out of the box I definitely feel like it's not at its peak yet (it still rips paper towels when I try to slice it but does paper with no issue - haven't done tomato or onion test yet). I'm fairly new to Japanese knives, but do have the 1k/6k King combo stone. I'd like to take the Tanaka to the stone, but I was wondering if it was necessary for me to start with the 1k then go to the 6k, or should I just go to the 6k and follow up with some stropping? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Question about sharpening a brand new Tanaka VG10
PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:16 pm 
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Probably not necessary to go 1k. But that's where I would start. 1k then 6k then stropping. Sometimes on a new knife I even drop down lower I always like to put my edge/bevel on my own knife.



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 Post subject: Re: Question about sharpening a brand new Tanaka VG10
PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:23 pm 

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Most factory edges are weak, so I guess I would make sure to remove some steel. Start behind the edge and thin a bit.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about sharpening a brand new Tanaka VG10
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 3:19 am 

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Same as the above. I start most new knives even lower for their initial sharpening, usually 400 grit, even when they come with a decent edge. Their good edge is not my good edge.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about sharpening a brand new Tanaka VG10
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:02 am 
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Im like the others, when I sharpen the OOTBE it's the full monty.



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 Post subject: Re: Question about sharpening a brand new Tanaka VG10
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:24 am 
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Jeff B wrote:Im like the others, when I sharpen the OOTBE it's the full monty.



wouldn't it be the full jeff?



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 Post subject: Re: Question about sharpening a brand new Tanaka VG10
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:14 pm 

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Cool guys, thanks for the input. ..I guess I'll go ahead with a full (to me) sharpening job. I'll start with the 1k and will purchase a 400 for the next time. Thanks again!


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 Post subject: Re: Question about sharpening a brand new Tanaka VG10
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:44 pm 
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happeee, as you start to see more knives, you notice that, with very few exceptions, knives get a quick edge ground at the factory that's not usually all that uniform, or refined past a 1K-ish level. Starting with lower grit stone will help you grind your own bevel more quickly so you can proceed with the rest of your stone progression.

That Tanaka is thin at the edge and the bevel is small, so that should make it less of a chore on your 1K than some knives.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about sharpening a brand new Tanaka VG10
PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 3:22 pm 

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I'm looking forward to it. . The knife just came on Monday and I've only had time to sand down the choil and spine, and treat the handle with oil and wax. I figured I'd do all that before tackling the sharpening. I also have the CKTG sink bridge and the Richmond strop kit so it should be fun.


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