Hi all, I've been a regular reader of this forum for a few months now, but this is my first post. Thanks to everyone for making this site such a great resource! A few weeks ago, I purchased my first hand-made Japanese kitchen knife, a Moritaka 210mm Wa-Gyuto, from their Aogami #2 series. I'm absolutely in love with it, and have had a great time becoming familiar with the in-and-outs of hand-made Japanese carbon knives. However, I have a question regarding the finish on the blade. Previous to owning this knife, I used (and still use) a couple decent stainless knives (a santoku and a yanagiba), and had been teaching myself to sharpen them on water stones. I've become fairly proficient at it (a sprinkling of blood and sweat later...), but have had a hard time achieving a uniform finish on this Moritaka. I'm not sure whether this is normal and just a result of the hand-finished blade, or whether it's due to something I'm doing wrong. I can achieve a mirror-like finish on some of the blade, but there are patches of it that seem to retain a rougher (or at least, more matte) finish than others. I've tried different finger positions/pressure points, angles, etc., but can't seem to figure it out. I've also ensured that my stones are flat by truing them with a DMT DiaSharp 220x plate, but seem to be getting the same results. I intend to let a patina form on the blade, so I'm not totally concerned with maintaining a uniform level of polish for its own sake; I simply wonder if this might indicate something negative in any way (improper sharpening, uneven blade surface, etc). Just to clarify: I'm not referring to the kurouchi finish, which I'm not interested in removing; the area in question shows itself intermittently from near where the kurouchi finish ends and extends almost all the way to the edge. I've taken an extreme closeup of a section in the final photo to demonstrate the two different finishes that seem to be present. Photos are attached. Any help would be greatly appreciated!