How to Improve Your Short Japanese Knives

Short Japanese Blades

Japanese Swords are one of the most unique and difficult to find product in the world of Swords. Even though there have been many companies that have brought out replica Japanese swords over the years, they have not been able to reproduce the distinct feel and sharpness of a true Japanese sword. This is because Japanese swords are some of the most hard wearing, long lasting and best knives on the market today.


The Japanese-made Yanishi knife (or Katana in it’s native language) has become a legendary work of art that is considered to be one of the most desirable and prized possessions in the world. The traditional design of a Japanese blade was based on the curvature of the blade, and not on any particular angle or design. The double jaw honed, self-centering double jaw honing devices allows for the simple and precise sharpening of plane blades, Mortise chisels and even the very narrowest shaves. Also very useful for thin Japanese blades which can be difficult to obtain without special equipment. The sharpening on these knives is done by sliding the metal forward on itself, thus creating a space between the blade edge and the back of the handle or grip.


Due to the nature of the material and design of these knives, it is not possible to use standard clamping units to sharpen Japanese blades; this is because the knife cannot hold a sharp edge due to the lack of a back piece. To address this issue, the self-centering double jaw honing guide was devised and is used by the makers of these swords to insure that their blades remain sharp. This system involves a simple sliding process, and consists of two parts.

The first part is the blade sharpening tool, this is a simple and effective device that allows you to simply replace the blade with a new one. It is designed to quickly and efficiently replace the existing blade, and is included in the standard clamps that must be used to attach the knife to the saw. The second part consists of a strip of plastic which has two holes, and the two pieces of the Japanese knife fit into these, and slot into the slots. This simple but effective product solves two problems faced by many when sharpening a Japanese blade. Not only does it allow for the easy replacement of damaged blades but also allows the user to make minor repairs to the blades without the need for drastic modifications. The simple self-centering double jaw honing guide that is included in these products allows the blade to be quickly replaced without a need to make any permanent alterations to the blade.


If the blade needs to be ground, this process is far simpler and far less time consuming with the use of the self-centering double jaw Honing guide. One of the main problems that some people face when sharpening their knives is when the edges start to wear down. A Japanese knife sharpener that includes a self-centering double jaw honing guide allows the user to grind the edge to a level of accuracy similar to that achieved with a traditional clambering device. What makes this process so effective is that it is nearly impossible for the edges to ever regrow, providing a consistent level of sharpness and performance every time. This process is simple and effective, and allows even those with little or no experience in knife sharpening to quickly and easily perform this task on their own.

While the above examples are all excellent examples of how Japanese knife sharpeners can greatly improve the performance of a Japanese knife, they are far from the most popular models available. There are some truly amazing blade tools available, many of which include diamond grinding wheels as well as specialized cutting tools such as laser etching and stamping. These types of tools are often much more expensive, but the resulting value and performance make it well worth the investment.

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