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  1. Lapping Question

    by , 07-25-2011 at 04:16 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by TopCat View Post
    Thanks to all for the reassurance and excellent advice! Had a go today, and i very highly recommend the DMT 325 (DC8) which performed exceptionally as a lapper, making quick work on the Chosera 1k, and Naniwa 5, 8, and 12k. Probably spent an hour total on all four. Now on to the fun part...learning to hone!
    You have a great set of stones to learn off of. Hopefully you can find someone relatively close to you so that they could teach you the basics. Best of luck and if I can help don't ...
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  2. All that glitters is not Damascus...

    by , 07-24-2011 at 01:16 AM
    I've noticed on eBay that there have suddenly been a lot of Damascus blades crop up for around the 25 mark, and some of them are actually quite pretty. I can certainly understand why the newer folks might grab one thinking its a good deal.

    I've seen a few of these blades recently which have been sent to me for honing (mostly Wildox branded) and these blades really will not take a shaving edge. The bevels come out a mile wide and wonky, the spines dont make contact with the hone and ...
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  3. Nakayama Maruichi Honyama Asagi

    by , 07-23-2011 at 02:30 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by maxim207 View Post
    Hi Alex

    I think you misudestand me, you are right !

    But I was talking about stones avelleble now for razors, sword polishers use some "soft stones" comperd to ones we use for razors !! And they use them on much softer steel, tamahagene sword are made from much softer steel then any of us think And for that steel softer stones is much better and give more contrast to the hamon and makes that sandblasted finish. I did some polish on mine Tamahagene knife with
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  4. Daishi Tamahagane

    by , 07-21-2011 at 03:34 AM
    I have tried a few Japanese made western straights before and loved them. The steel used by Japanese for tools , knives, planes, saws, razors is always top quality.
    Because of my great experiences with Japanese straights, I started collecting collecting them, a few weeks back I got myself a NOS Daishi Tamahagane razor.
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    Whether this razor is made from Tamhagane- like steel or not I do not know, but ...

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  5. Starting a community

    by , 07-20-2011 at 07:47 PM
    I said I'd write some about the things that go into making and managing SRP, and now is as good a moment as any.

    The very first, most important question you have to ask yourself if you want to start a new community is this: 'What kind of people do I want the comunity to consist of, and what will be their purpose'. This little question will be at the root of every decision you will ever make. Failing to have a clear answer will mean your decisions will sometimes hinder or outright ...
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