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8" Chef's Knife - Nitro-v + Red Curly Maple

Discussion in 'Fixed Blades' started by dancom, Apr 25, 2021.

  1. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    Presenting...

    Yes...another KN48.

    This time number six in the clan. A sleek and slicy 8.25" Nitro-V cheffy, featuring a handle of shaped from stabilized red curly maple that tapers out to the butt for a super comfy and confident grip. Bolsters are 416 stainless accented by black liners. Pins are 416 and a 1/4" stainless mosaic in the centre spot. Weighing in at 168 g (5.9 oz) and balanced for pinch grip hold and a nice bit of mass in the fore makes it a pleasure to operate.

    Shown in elevation mode for your viewing pleasure. ;)

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    Happy making!

    Dan
     
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  2. Griff

    Griff Active Member

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    Fantastic Dan, that’s a great looking profile and some lovely natural activity in that curly maple, stunning stuff!

    Post Heat Treat grinds I take it with the Nitro-V?

    I’ve been grinding one of the HRC65 Japanese pre-heat-treated Gyuto’s I have here from Ibuke Blade (HAP 45 steel core/SUS405 stainless jacket) and it’s been quite the gingerly grinding experience trying to get this thing thin and not over heat it. The soft stainless has also been a chore working through the grits and ridding myself of the previous grit scratches :confused:

    The blank came in at 2.3mm thickness, and very consistent. I have a spine thickness Tapering from 2.3mm to 0.90mm at the tip, and a current edge thickness of 0.31mm. And it’s been quite the challenge, and I’ve not posted any pics, because with something so thin there’s still space for a major screw up!

    Hat’s off to makers like yourself constantly putting out these razor blade kitchen knives!
     
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  3. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    Thanks Griff.

    Yes, I ground the bevels after hardening and tempering. I use a fresh 36 grit for bevels all the way down to about 0.02" (0.5 mm). Being from 3/32" stock the blade is thin to start with so not a ton of grinding. That's quick removal of the steel without a lot of heat generated. Still a lot of dunking though. Then move to a 60 to get rid of some scratches, then a 120 grit. A while back I started using Illumerons with water to get the finish super close. I find if I do this, hand sanding longways is a breeze. I love those belts but they can easily burn the edge so I keep them wet and go lightly. By the time all is said and done the bevel is down to around 0.01" (0.25 mm) before I cut the final bevel. She's a slicer for sure.

    Dan
     

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