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I have a couple of nice Japanese kitchen knives, and a whetstone in two grades. I can sharpen them reasonably well using the stone, but does anyone have any good tips for improving my sharpening skills?

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Great question -- I'm in a similar boat! I can get my Japanese knives pretty sharp on the stone, but I can get my European knives much sharper. Embarrassing, as the whetstones are Japanese! –  Harlan Jul 12 '10 at 1:42
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The Japanese Knife Company has a couple of good tutorials on their website. http://www.japaneseknifecompany.com/VIDEOS/tabid/234/Default.aspx

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These are excellent! –  Joel in Gö Jul 15 '10 at 20:33
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Learn from the masters :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5opGmTnaxg&feature=related

http://www.fine-tools.com/G10002.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZj0I3mpBGg&feature=related

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Note that the third link is in Japanese :/ –  Joel in Gö Jul 15 '10 at 20:05
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