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Online Sharpening Seminars

Our Online Sharpening Seminars are aimed at providing a more interactive method of learning knife sharpening than our youtube videos offer. We realize not everyone is close enough to our store to stop by for a sharpening class, so we decided to make this available online. The goal is that we can cover various topics and then allow for some Q&A with immediate and direct feedback. In addition, participants can ask questions anywhere along the way as we demonstrate sharpening techniques. So now, when you see something that doesn't quite make sense or you wish someone could explain, you can ask in realtime and get an answer.

Our seminars consist of 3 parts:
1. A lecture covering the basic concepts of the subject at hand.
2. A demonstration of the technique(s)
3. A question and answer section where we can review some of the subjects we covered in more depth

Our next class (Feb 12th, 2012) will cover Double Bevel Basics. In this seminar, we will cover the basic grips and movements used in sharpening double bevel knives. We will also discuss burr formation, burr reduction and removal, sharpening angles, edge/grind types, and the basics of sharpening the tips of knives.

In the class following that (Feb 26th, 2012), we will cover Single Bevel Basics. In this seminar we will cover the basic grips and movements used in sharpening single bevel knives. We will also discuss uraoshi sharpening, burr formation, reduction, and removal, the basics of hamaguri edges, the basics of kasumi finishes, and common problems and mistakes with single bevel knives.

The next class, Double Bevel Basics, will take place on Feb 12th, 2012 at 5:15 PM PST. There will be slots for 6 people max in this class (to make it less confusing and easier for those participating). We will also have spots for 2 local people to come by the store and experience the seminar in person. You can signup anytime until Feb 10th, 2012 for the class. Following that, we will have our first SIngle Bevel Basics class on Feb 26th, 2012 at 5:15 PM PST. Registration for the Feb 26th class will close on Feb 24th, 2012. Regardless of the number of people signed up at that time, class registrations will close. This will allow me to send out prepared materials to the participants ahead of time so they have visual aids through the class.

The seminar is conducted via Skype, so you will need a computer with the most recent version of skype. You will also need speakers and a microphone. Webcams are optional, but highly recommended. At the time of the seminar, I will call the entire group in a group call. You do not need skype premium to do this (thats what i have it for).

I will continue to schedule classes as time permits. You can always check back here for updates. This is the list of classes and the order they will occur in. When we get through a cycle, we will start over again.

Double Bevel Basics- How to sharpen double bevel knives (Feb 12th, 2012 at 5:15 pm PST)
Single Bevel Basics- How to sharpen single bevel knives (Feb 26th, 2012 at 5:15 pm PST)
Basic Sharpening Technique Q&A (Mar 11th, 2012 at 5:15 pm PST)

Stone Selection… picking the right stones for your knives and the tasks at hand
Tip Sharpening- the basic concepts
Hamaguri edges- and in-depth primer
Microbevels- what they are, why we use them, and how to use them
Advanced sharpening technique Q&A

To sign up, please send an e-mail to Jon@JapaneseKnifeImports. Make sure to state that you would like to sign up for either the Feb 12th class or Feb 26th class. Also, please include your full name as well as your skype name. The cost of the seminar will be $15 to be billed ahead of time via direct invoice. The class must be paid for on time to participate. The class will last about 1-1.5 hours (and may run longer if there is a need).

If you have any other questions, please dont hesitate to ask.



Jonathan Broida
Jonathan Broida


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