Originally Posted by Rob Babcock
Looking again I see that the shorter glass rod (like 12" or so) is only $55. Once I recover financially from the purchase of my Margules Daleth preamp and the Hattoir FK 240mm Gyoto I just ordered, I'll have to pick up the rod and a few stropping products from Dave. I especially look forward to trying the hard felt.
Buzz, you ever remove the burr "Murray Carter style," cutting into wood?
Ah, you're getting the KF Gyuto. Good for you. I looked long and hard at that one. Then I looked at the pile of boxes in my closet that already contain various Gyutos and French chef's knives and asked myself, "What are you thinking?" In the longer run I'll probably sell two or three and get a Moritaka 270 and wait in the weeds for somebody (anybody - please) to start making a 9 1/2 to 12" Japanese geometry French profile in 13C26. I daydream about one; Smallest carbides on the planet, stainless, long lasting edge, inexpensive steel.... in my opinion, the perfect kitchen knife.
As to the borosilicate steels, go for it. They work the same as smooth tool steel although glass is glass and one must treat them carefully. It must be the devil in me but I love to have dinner guests who don't know my passion. First, they get these funny little smiles when they see the boro alignment process followed by dropping jaws when they take the first slice with my Chuckabocho or one of my Nakiris. It's as if they are seeing the sun shine for the first time.
Burrs - every steel is different. I have indeed used light passes on wood with success. The same thing with the rubber parts of a stone holder. Nowadays I take one extremely light pass with the last stone followed by three to four strops on HA hard felt. When you get yours, you'll notice the felt is grainy. Strop against the grain with light to medium pressure and what is left of the burr disappears. I've been happy with the entire Hand American scary sharp system.