Vintage Japanese Knife Restoration

Rust Erasers: These are affordable and versatile. I use them to clean whetstones and remove scratches on knives when they load up. They are also excellent at removing rust.

Budget Sandpaper: If you want to make your knives sparkle and remove years of wear marks. You can spend a lot on sandpaper, but I use what is on sale or budget-friendly for these projects. You can pay over $100 on sandpaper to get the grit levels needed for this project, so it is better to choose a budget option. I start at 240 grit when the knife has a lot of deep scratches and go up the grit range to 1000.

Atoma 140: This is my preferred method. It removes materials quickly but is more forgiving than the bastard file. Also, making micro-adjustments is easier with the diamond plate. The Atoma 140 is what I use for 99% of my restorations and repairs.

Favorite Sharpening Kit: Once you are done removing the chip(s) and are satisfied with the cutting profile, you can move on to sharpening and polishing your knives as usual.

Optional items

Koyo Polishing Compound Blue: The Koyo polishing compound gives the knives a mirror after you finish sanding with 1000 or 2000 grit sandpaper. It does an incredible job of bringing out that extra sparkle on your blades.

Koyo Polishing Cloths: These work incredibly well and last about a dozen uses per sheet. Very handy to use when you do not want to deal with messy compounds. 



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