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Old 08-13-2008, 06:55 PM   #1
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I bought a new knife.

I am now awaiting a Tojiro Damascus Vegetable Knife Kakugata Nakiri Hocho.

All of the right stuff, it should be a dynamo in the kitchen.

Buzz, this is all your fault. I saw the beauty you just sharpened, and I went out and bought my own.

I hope it's sharp...

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Old 08-13-2008, 08:55 PM   #2
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Chico and Buzz .... will both of you marry me?

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Old 08-13-2008, 10:33 PM   #3
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...um...you do know that I am in a long-time exclusive relationship with a Harley-Davidson, don't you...

Besides, I haven't even received the nakiri.
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Old 08-15-2008, 11:51 AM   #4
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I learned last night that this new knife has been shipped to me by FedEx. There's a possibilty that it will arrive here within the hour.

Now, I'm an old hand on hobbyist forums and biker get-togethers, but this is my first entry into a cooking and kitchen forum.

What are the main ideas and interests to the members here when someone gets a new knife?

Do they want the knife to complete a recipe? Do they just want a sharpening and picture because they already know how to cook?

I'd like to have this be a fun project.
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Old 08-15-2008, 03:17 PM   #5
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i love knives & would love a pic!!
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:38 PM   #6
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That new nakiri I bragged about...

...arrived bent.

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Old 08-19-2008, 09:40 PM   #7
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OOOoooohhhhhhh
I'm so sorry!!
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:45 PM   #8
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Man, that really stinks. When you buy aomething new and special, you want it to be perfect.

I suppose hitting it with a hammer is out of the question...
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:01 PM   #9
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Yes, "cold bending" is something you don't want to try with hardened steel. I ordered a replacement, and I kept this one. Oooh, it slices so nice...

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Old 08-20-2008, 01:06 AM   #10
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Help arrives!

I am also a member of KnifeForums, there I am known as "The Tourist."

There is a kitchen section there, but many of the members are veteran knife sharpeners, cooks and sword polishers. I also posted my problem with the nakiri there.

The conclusion was that the knife was going to have to be repaired. I had seen polishers work on 800 year old katanas, and knew that "repair" was a polite word for "unbent."

As I told them, I should have to solve my own problems. I found a wooden stepping crate a friend made for me and a discarded slat. Wrapping the knife so it wouldn't be marred, I sandwiched the cloth and knife between the step and the slat and slowly and evenly pulled with even pressure. I checked a few times to guaranty the work rendered the spine plumb.

It is now perfectly straight, no mars or scratches.

It does have a truly beautiful pattern that does not translate in the pictures, and the edge is very scary. (It will become "toasty" in the next few weeks.)

This simple procedure was quite a relief.

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