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Hiromoto Aogami Super (AS) Steel Gallery - Full Spa Treatment

Discussion in 'JapaneseKnifeSharpening / Dave Martell Knives' started by Dave Martell, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

    We've got another Hiromoto AS gyuto back from it's trip through the full spa treatment! [​IMG]

    It's blade has been thinned, spine/choil rounded, & etched for effect. The handle has been converted from full tang western to hidden tang hybrid wa. The wood used is Ipe burl.

    This knife gave me fits! From the wood (Ipe - never again!) to the etching, nothing went easy. In fact this Hiromoto took more than twice the amount of labor than the next worse one ever done. I can't say that I'm happy with the wood, its just not really that nice, but the blade finish I ended up with is the finest I've ever done on one of these knives. The scratch pattern is tight (running horizontal), is bright, and slick as snot....what else could you want? [​IMG]

    I hope that the owner has more fun using it than I did working on it! LOL Still I'm grateful for the work and the experience, I learned a new trick or two on this one.

    What do you guys think?

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  2. MattS

    MattS Founding Member

    Beauty. The handle may have given you fits, but the end result...wow. I have been itching to try one like this since you first did it.
  3. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

  4. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

  5. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

  6. It's the prettiest Hiromoto i've seen. Good job, Dave!
  7. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

  8. toddnmd

    toddnmd Founding Member

    Beautiful work!
  9. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

  10. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

    I've got another Hiromoto AS freshly finished up from it's full spa treatment....

    The handle wood is AZ Ironwood. This block is kind of unique from what I usually see. It gave off this really bright yellow dust that was so super fine it floated everywhere. The actual color of the wood is really orange though, with some gold. It worked very nicely and was easy to finish. Not a single hole/crack/anything to fill - the black dot seen on the top is 100% natural.

    The pins used are all copper but the center pin is a mosaic with nickel silver inner pins.

    I used my new technique to finish the blade and I like it a lot. It's a bit more labor intensive but the results are better than I had been doing so I guess I'll keep doing it this way.

    What do you think?

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  11. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Founding Member

    Here's a Hiromoto AS gyuto that's been just run through the full spa treatment. :cool:

    The core steel on this one was greatly off center and the cladding really hard in comparison to others and also unevenly ground making for a challenge to both thin and finish nicely. I think it came out OK in the end even, if not exactly as how I'd have wished it.

    And who doesn't like ironwood? :)

    Maybe the last we'll see go through this process, who knows....

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