Q&A With Vincent, Korin’s Master Knife Sharpener
Vincent Lau, Korin’s Knife Sharpener, hosts a live Q&A session on Korin’s Instagram every Monday at 11am. Follow us at instagram.com/korinknives for new updates and Live Q&A sessions. Here are some Q&A from the past week:
Q: How many stones do you (Vincent) use?
A: Depends on what I’m doing to the knife and what kind of knife I’m working on. I’ll use 2-8 stones.
Q: I lost my stone fixer, what can I use in a pinch?
A: You can use another stone if the other stone is level.
Q: Budget stone fixer?
A: Our pink stone fixer.
Q: Serrated edge, how are they sharpened?
A: There are specialized tools for sharpening a serrated edge. It looks like a cylindrical file that goes through each edge.
Q: What type of honing steel is best?
A: Diamond steel for a rougher surface and to grind more of the knife’s blade. Ceramic is better for harder steels and a more delicate surface. I recommend ceramic for thinner Japan made blades.
Q: Favorite steel?
A: I like 8A steel, because the steel is easy to sharpen, making it easier to maintain.
Q: Getting rid of scratches on your knife?
A: If your knife has minor scratches, you can use a polishing compound. Deeper scratches can be polished out professionally, but the finish of the knife will be altered and the logo on knives will most likely be buffered out.