View Full Version : Who made this knife?

Jack Heinlen
05-11-2004, 12:50 AM
I've got, was just using, a very cheap Japanese knife. I picked it up for three fifty in a Baltimore chopstick shop ten years ago. The equivilent of a 'chef's knife. It is still sharp. It's the sharpest knife I have. I use it all the time: for slicing, chopping, the occasional watermellon, but ALL the time. It's still sharp! I just ran my finger down the blade and it's still keen. I can't say that for any other steel in my kitchen. I did hone it five years ago, lightly, as if approaching something not quite natural, but haven't touched its edge since.

What's up with this? I'm rather taken aback.

Peter Page
05-11-2004, 04:55 AM
I Want one. :cool:

05-11-2004, 06:18 AM

05-11-2004, 08:10 AM
BUT Wait! .. There's More!

Master Johnson
05-11-2004, 08:42 AM
speaking of which. Have you ever seen one of those home shopping channels that have the guy hawking the knives and swords? Great big straaaange looking cutlery. And a lot of it for very low prices. Some of it is so weird looking I cant help but think ( what the hell is some one going to do with those?)The only practical purpose for most of them that I can decipher is if you are planning on a mass killing spree with a knife or sword for literally every body. Use the one with the extra serrations and the brass curly cue on the handle for that extra special someone. Or is it just me?

05-11-2004, 08:46 AM
dat's just you MJ...



05-11-2004, 08:47 AM
Originally posted by popeye:
BUT Wait! .. There's More!"NOW how much would you pay?"

Master Johnson
05-11-2004, 08:52 AM
here ya go.






[ 05-11-2004, 09:57 AM: Message edited by: Master Johnson ]

05-11-2004, 09:30 AM
"...And this handy knife not only slices and dices, it also counts the loose change in your pockets by radar.!"

John E Hardiman
05-11-2004, 09:53 AM
Originally posted by Jack Heinlen:
What's up with this? I'm rather taken aback.What you most likely have is a laminated blade. A very thin, VERY hard piece of high carbide steel is laminated between two layers of soft steel. Now the carbide steel, being very brittle, has small inclusions that breakaway/tearout as the knife is used, exposing new sharp serrations on a micro level. Additionally, as the knife cuts, a little bit of the soft steel wears away. As the inner layer is very thin, it wears at about the same rate as the outer layers, always leaving the edge supported. Now the wounderous part. Generally, blades like this are fairly expensive, due to the problems with getting the core square in the middle of the blank. You can make them like this cheaply, but the outcome is verrrrry iffy. Miss having the core square along the edge and it would just be a dull knife.

Then again it could be a cheap blade made out of scrap steel and you just happended to get a De Soto bumper. :D

As for MJ's question, serrations, parry notches and flamberge blades had their reasons in fighting or cutting blades, but most "fantasy" weapons are too heavy/light and the notches are all wrong and just for looks.

(edit to correct a just noticed spelling error)

[ 05-11-2004, 11:25 AM: Message edited by: John E Hardiman ]

Master Johnson
05-11-2004, 10:02 AM
:rolleyes: are ya sayin that I spent good money on blades that I cant use on a spree of murder/mayhem ?

[ 05-11-2004, 11:03 AM: Message edited by: Master Johnson ]

John E Hardiman
05-11-2004, 10:24 AM
Originally posted by Master Johnson:
:rolleyes: are ya sayin that I spent good money on blades that I cant use on a spree of murder/mayhem ?No; anyone can frighten someone who is unknowing of the risks, and anyone can attack an unarmed, unaware person. Most aggressors have problems when they get to brave, informed, and aware persons. I know people much more "effective" with a pencil than most hoods with "rock throwing devices".

But we're off topic.

05-11-2004, 11:50 AM
"... I know people much more "effective" with a pencil..."

Lawyers, for example.

05-11-2004, 12:13 PM
.. or.. a constipated mathematician.