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It's the mosque in Bukhara. The logo designer asked me for colour schemes I like. Watch out, Hermes saffron!

 

Possibly the most amazing object I own:

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very similar architecture style to the structures at the imam square at isfahan. but i didn't recognize that tall tower in the picture. so didn't really think it was isfahan.

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Damn!.. a damascus knife.. i got one..but a more commercial brand. Never got around to use it..coz too scared.

Sharp as a razor blade. :huh:

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And that's a big piece of tembusu chopping board there, the best wood for such applications. A mighty old one too, going by the rings. I'm glad the rest of you went with plastic boards -- there might be no tembusus left if everyone was like me.

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Mine is not a damascus blade, it's just a standard Japanese forged blade.

There's nothing standard about a Japanese forged blade..it's surely a next level knife.

Btw.. what's the grit that's you're using?

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That knife really showed me what a knife could be.

 

I use a King 800/6000 combination whetstone. There are actually whestone connoiseuers out there who can write treatises on the way certain obscure natural stones from some hill in Japan interact with their blade forged by some 96 year-old bladesmith from vintage steel, etc. The King works well, and I plan to use it to sharpen my Shozaburo shears when it loses its edge.

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Kotmj, I noticed that wavy pattern on the knife's edge that looks similar to the effect on a katana blade. Was it clay-heat-treated, like a katana?

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It has nothing to do with clay, it has to do with the laminate nature of the blade. Japanese blades are not made of a monolithic piece of steel like blades in all other cultures. It is a sandwich. A very hard but brittle steel is encased in soft iron then hammered out. Without the iron the blade would chip and break like a shard of glass. Grinding the edge gives a cutting edge of the hard steel and on both sides of it you see the wavy pattern of the pig iron laminate.

 

The clay thing is to allow the entire surface to be contacted by water during the quenching. Without it, the water would boil when it comes into contact, causing pockets of gas between water and blade.

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I've always thought that clay was used to cover the blade tip during quenching so that it doesn't cool as fast and directly affects the wavy pattern formation. Must've gotten my facts mixed up. Anyway, that's one heavy-duty knife you got.

 

I've seen damascened kitchen knives being sold at Ikea, but for the price, I doubt its anything more than just looks.

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I keep a lookout for the Ikea premium knives too, not to buy them but because I'm interested in these things. They seem to be out of stock most of the time.

 

I generally dislike Western knives because of how heavy and clunky they are. They are also almost impossible to sharpen by hand. The knife above, though I made it sound solidly constructed, is perhaps half the weight of a comparable German knife.

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No, it was designed by the owner of the company, a certain Luca Bassani, with the help of a designer.

 

It's a groundbreaking design because all the shiny chromed stuff and protrusions and accessories and mountings were done away with or hidden. Which was also what the iPod was about, now that I come to think of it.

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