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|The Togidashi is a form of sharpening using a set of 6 different water stones. We use this method only on our high grade models due to how much time and attention it takes.
For example, our normal blades are sharpened by water grinding machine #60, water belt grinding machine #100 and then we complete the process for the edge with water stones #600, #1000, and #8000 by hand.
The Togidashi finished blades are sharpened by water grinding machine #60, water belt grinding machine #100, starting off much the same as our normal models, however, we complete the process using water stones #600, #1000, #2000, #5000 and #8000 by hand to give a much more refined beveled edge. The final step is to sharpen on a natural water stone, a stone which was given to me by my ancestors.
Most knife makers do not use the time consuming process we use, instead opting to use dry grinding machines and buffing machine. This can sometimes damage the temper on the blade and melt the micron edge as the friction creates heat. Professional knives should never be sharpened using a dry grinding machine. This process makes our knives very special, as we take meticulous care with each and every blade we make.
I have studied metal engineering in a university. My family and I used to make many less expensive knives, and finally I reached the conclusion that hand forged and hand sharpened knives are simply of higher quality which is why I have returned to the traditional Japanese style of blade-smithing.
Togidashi is for single bevel blades. It is not provided for double bevel blades.
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