Hah. I crack me up. Anyways, I've already stripped and forced a patina on a couple Beckers but I threw my whole awesome crew together except for the Eskabar, bought a couple cans of Klean Strip Premium Stripper, and went to town. Unfortunately, this town has got nothing going on. My 4 and 9 were happy enough to shed their jeans (I know, they're hussies) and my 16 had already had the blade stripped down so they cleaned up easy but the 10 and 2 just will not give it up. (I stripped my 15's blade but I'm leaving the coating underneath the handle, for some reason it makes sense to me for food prep). I've been putting them in a newspaper lined cardboard box, soaking them down, leaving them for 15 or so, then wiping them down with paper towels then a scotch brite type pad after scraping them with a razor blade. The 10 and 2 are not giving anything up, just fading a bit. I'm running dry on stripper and patience, anyone have any tips for getting these .. nevermind, I'll stop with the euphemisms. Any ideas from the pros here? I tried out a set of micarta for the 9 and love it, have a shipment for some of the others on the way, I'd just like to have them ready to get their new pants taken.. dangit.. there I go again.