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just saw this thread. Bob Kramer is the man for Damascus kitchen knives. he's also a great guy who loves audio (he has a pair of Daedalus & a Modwright KWA150) he's even been to a couple of RMAF with me. I have two of his knives on my sailboat (that's home) and they do very well as far as rust... and as for sharp, after fiver years of daily use they still beat a razor and I haven't touched them to a steel yet!check him out!http://www.kramerknives.com/lou
I remember watching this on TV..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OCoS81G2CY
Hey! Well, finally it's happened.....Take careBuddy
Call is Buddy Damascus like finish But honestly, that is the pain with that sort of knife material. Do not fret, even my own knife once had a rust spot when I exposed it for a long period to water....even though it is claimed to be "Stain resistant"...which obviously does not mean "Stain proof."
That'll come right off. You might wanna force a patina on the edge- it will prevent it from rusting in the future. There's lots of ways to do that; vinegar, mustard, apples or onions, etc etc.
Nice! Now would be a good time to pick up a saya or some stones, if they have what you're looking for. Korin is good to deal with.
Hey! I've just got email from Korin. Now knives are on sale too! http://korin.com/site/home.html I think the sale still end Nov. 30. Hmmm.... maybe I should pick up another Misono... tempting. Take care,Buddy
"True" Damascus as we understand it today refers to Wootz steel. It's really a pretty modern material, dating back only to the 1980's.
"Real" Damascus is very expensive to make, and has some advantages and disadvantages re standard forms of steel. As nice as Bob's stuff is, his pricing is $300 per inch at the moment IIRC, and the wait is about 3 years. Devin's work is also stunning and a "bargain" at just over $100 per inch.
So, no- a mass market Shun, Hattori, Tojiro, Hiromoto, Masamoto, Kanetsune or Ryu-Sen is not true Damascus but that's really irrelevent. They all are thin, light and cut very well. The Shun Kramers are made the same basic way the other Shuns are but they use Bob's unique shape (based on an old sailboat) and are very good mass market knives nonetheless.
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