poniedziałek, 26 marca 2018

Small Gyuto for my trip to Japan

Hello there!!!

Uffff. I have managed to finish this one just on time. I am posting from London Heathrow airport where I am waiting for my plane to Japan. I will participate in a programme called ''Who wants to come to Japan'' which is broadcasted on Tv Tokyo on regular basis. I will give you more details when we will finish filming and when my episode will be released. I will try to take as many pictures as possible out there and then will post everything on my blog.

This knife is one of 7 which I have started a long time ago. I know that handle is a little bit too big and too long for this knife, but I really didn't have time to fix it. The box is made of oak and beech. I will post measurements after I come back. I totally forgot about it. Producers of the programme have asked to take it with me. I hope, that I will have a chance to get some proper critics from master sharpeners or bladesmiths if I meet any.

Thanks for reading...

niedziela, 25 lutego 2018

Saya for my last 200mm gyuto.

At last, I found some time to take of saya bespoke to my last 200mm gyuto. It is made of Claro Walnut and I am more than happy with the end result. Walnut matched almost perfectly with no name wood on the handle. I have also tried a different approach to the pin. I have used brass pin embedded into the walnut. How do you like it? I think, that this is my best knife and saya so far.

wtorek, 30 stycznia 2018

200mm gyuto

Hello there!!

This is the second knife, out of 7, which I have messed up. Fortunately, I have managed to fix it and I think that the end result is quite good. This is a 20cm gyuto with random wood on the handle and the brass pins. This knife taught me a lot and it was a hard lesson. I made a huge mistake by heat treating all blades before drilling holes. That mistake has put me away from this project for a very long time. Fortunately, I  have managed to destroy the temper on the handle by immersing the whole blade into the cold water and heating the tang with a torch and then drilling few holes with a cobalt drill. I will NEVER repeat that mistake. It was a pure nightmare and waste of money.

As usually:
Steel: O1 @60-61 HRC

I am also quite happy with the way it cuts. The food release is very good. You can still hear some splitting sound while cutting carrots, but I am leaving it as it is.

240 Gyuto / Slicer

Hi guys!

This is the first knife out of seven, that I am trying to rescue. Almost two years ago, I have made a mistake of starting 7 knives at the same time. Of course, I have ended up with 7 messed up blades and now I am trying to bring them back to life one by one. This one actually survived as a heat treated blank till December 2017. I have made it for a special occasion which I cannot discuss at the moment. It took me a week to grind it and to make a handle. After that, I hadn't got time to finish it until last weekend. It has to be a 240 gyuto, 5cm tall at the heel, but there was a warp which I didn't notice before and which caused some problem in grinding. I've ended up with 240 slicer, about 40 mm tall (or maybe just a little above that). The handle is probably made of walnut, nickel silver and some random wood ferrule. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to measure it and to record a cutting video because I have finished it on Sunday night and had to post it on Monday to someone who wanted to test it.
This is also a very first knife with a maker signature. I have etched it with the 9v battery and salted water. Do you like it??

poniedziałek, 25 grudnia 2017

Merry Christmas!!!

Hello Everyone!!

I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! I wish you all the best knives, finest stones, great skills, but most important a huge passion, loads of enjoyment and everything that you can only dream of. I hope that the next year will be better than the previous one. Stay sharp!!!

Ho! Ho! Ho!!

Greg WaBocho!!!!