Back From The Grave: Man Polishes Rusty Traditional Japanese Knife To As-Good-As-New

June 19, 2017


This is a video of Jun from Youtube channel Junskitchens restoring and polishing a rusty traditional Japanese knife he bought from a seller for $3 (previously: sharpening a dollar store knife to the best it can be). When he's finished the knife looks nothing like what he started with. I mean, except it looks identical because it's the same knife, it's just really clean and shiny and not rusty. The process was mesmerizing though. I think I'm going to start restoring rusty knives. And by rusty I mean bloody, and by bloody I mean I have a situation I need your help with.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Allyson S, who informed me the best knives are the ones twisted between the ribs of an enemy. Wait, what?

  • econoking

    I call shenanigans on the condition of the knife not being all that bad. The handle looks brand new, it reminds me of when I left a knife in a glass of water over a weekend, and it got that surface rust bloom. Easy to remove, he just put a nice polish on it.

  • Zachary Zarko

    Last year I had my Cutco kitchen knives sharpened. Then I proceeded to accidentally slice my index finger. It took five stitches to close the cut. On a positive note, the cut was so fine, I don't have a scar.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    I want to buy whetstones and go through all my knives now.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I was going to make a leather strop or strop block (either/or, doesn't matter). The problem is I only have 600 grit diamond block so I need one more stage in between the 600 grit and the 20k grit or whatever a leather strop comes out to.

  • Munihausen

    Bills to to feed....

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Exactly, I will have better knives to prepare food after that.

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