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Why develop a false edge on purpose?

Can a false or feather edge serve a purpose. The back and forth strokes are the most common stroke used with tools and knives, and many razor honers do also use back and forth. This is a stroke that can … Continue reading

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Example of the development of a razors edge.

The photos above are dramatic, they were created in my workshop with ordinary and common stones and they help to illustrate how a razors edge can be manipulated, and how it is manipulated whether you know it is happening or … Continue reading

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Symbiotic Stone & Steel

If you are going to work on razors and knives you will want a broader selection of stones, mainly because of the size of the knives and because of the necessity of an ultimately keen razor. Razor stones are special … Continue reading

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The nature of Tomonagura and using a Diamond Nagura

Hello Tim I do hope that you get the Okudo soon and that you like the tomonagura that I included. Without handling the tomo that you got from someone else, I wonder how mine would match up against the others. … Continue reading

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Musings: Wooden dai stone base

In Japan they often use Paulownia wood because it does not have strong growth rings with encourages movement with a change in humidity. This is a pithy type of wood and a similar one here in the west would be … Continue reading

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Musings

The Odori mine was near the town of Takayama which located in the mountains between Nagoya and Toyama. The name of the mine owner is Yamamoto-san, he is 87 years old now and is retired and he closed his mine … Continue reading

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Back and forth honing strokes

Hello M.    One suggestion I have if you are developing harsh edges is to not do the back and forth strokes but to only do one direction forward edge leading strokes. When you sharpen with spine leading or back strokes this … Continue reading

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HONING UNDER WATER IN A POND

  Hello J.  Here is a video I made of a finishing technique for finishing with water only. HONING IN A WATER POND About the pressure when honing. This is going to be the one thing that is individual to … Continue reading

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Some history and thoughts on the mine structure of Kyoto

The Awasedo Bearing Mountains of Kyoto     This is a diagram posted on other websites used as an example of the structure of the stone layering found in the Kyoto area mines.  Click on the drawing to make it larger. … Continue reading

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Blacksmiths marks on kanna blades

Hi Correy      Good to hear from you, I am convinced that things are going well with you, and suspect that you have created a lifestyle that is a blend of the homey backwoods and a cool little business community. … Continue reading

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