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Marko Tsourkan
02-14-2013, 03:13 PM
I have made some substantial progress in handle making (after of a string of failure, partly by using horn), so I am finally going to start sending knives out!

Also, for those folks who have purchased practice knives from me (yet haven't received yet), I will offer custom handles if you like, D or octagonal. I won't use horn though, but the new design with a metal tip (over blackwood ferrule) is an option for octagonal or D.

Also, Western handles are in a pipeline. I am going to though all energy now to get the knives out, but I will continue working on a first prototype Western.

Anyway, just wanted to thank you guys for your patience. This is a huge breakthrough for me, as handles is what kept me back lately.

M

Dream Burls
02-14-2013, 03:50 PM
That's great news for you and your fans - congrats.

Von blewitt
02-14-2013, 03:51 PM
That is great news Marko!

Marko Tsourkan
02-14-2013, 04:54 PM
Thanks guys, and I repeat, I appreciate your patience. I now have reasons to believe that I can really achieve efficiency I was looking for in handle making. These are still shaped by hand, but the changes I made lately will allow me to reduce (and hopefully completely avoid) failures.

They will have clean installation (tang hole will conform to tang), machi will sit squarely against handle and so forth.

I am working on a first batch, will glue them up tomorrow and shape over the weekend. Have like 20+ knives waiting for handles, but this firts batch is only 5. So pics are very, very soon.

M

ThEoRy
02-14-2013, 08:11 PM
Wow, moving right along now. Awesome!

don
02-14-2013, 08:53 PM
Really nice, Marko. Looking forward to the progress and your knives.

jgraeff
02-15-2013, 01:50 AM
Cant wait, If Marko is happy with it i know all of us will be!

mpukas
02-15-2013, 01:12 PM
Can't wait to see pics of the new work!

brainsausage
02-16-2013, 12:37 AM
Anticipation is at peak levels...!!!!

cclin
02-16-2013, 03:13 AM
Marko, I specially want to see picture of octagonal handle with front cap! I never seen one before.........:spin chair:

El Pescador
02-16-2013, 03:22 AM
Marko, I specially want to see picture of octagonal handle with front cap! I never seen one before.........:spin chair:

Did you ride the short bus?

cclin
02-16-2013, 03:45 AM
Did you ride the short bus?

gee..I mean marko's octagonal handle with blackwood & metal tip.......

Marko Tsourkan
02-16-2013, 10:11 AM
The 5 I am working on now are all D. Octagonal will be essentially same construction, just different shape. I will have one made soon though.

Marko Tsourkan
02-18-2013, 12:08 PM
Still need to tweak a few things, but here is a first handle in a new construction (the topic of this thread). Since it is mounted already, I am throwing in a profile and heel shot.

13400

13399

13401

13402

13403

13404

Dream Burls
02-18-2013, 02:22 PM
The spacer in your previous design did give the knife a more traditional look, but the cap in the new design brings a modernism to the piece that, quite frankly, I find very appealing. Great work Marko.

knyfeknerd
02-18-2013, 09:44 PM
I love this one Marko, you're really on to something.....

markenki
02-18-2013, 09:56 PM
That's it!

mpukas
02-18-2013, 10:00 PM
Looks awesome Marko - LOVE IT!!!

I prefer this version without the spacer. Without an end cap, I like a spacer, but much prefer this one!

tgraypots
02-18-2013, 10:14 PM
very crisp and clean. form follows function.

don
02-18-2013, 10:17 PM
Amazing, Marko.

DWells
02-19-2013, 01:48 AM
Elegantly solved.

SlapChop
02-19-2013, 02:09 AM
Man! Thats great!

I would at that its very Kramer Meiji'esque

Marko Tsourkan
02-19-2013, 09:48 AM
Thanks folks!

There is some similarities to Kramer Meiji, but my handles are slightly smaller in size, and I don't taper at the ferrule and the tip as much as Kramer, so it can be used for pinch or handle grip more effectively.

daddy yo yo
02-27-2013, 02:40 PM
Still need to tweak a few things, but here is a first handle in a new construction (the topic of this thread). Since it is mounted already, I am throwing in a profile and heel shot.

13399

13401marko, what's the round spot in the middle? is this part of your new handle construction?

Marko Tsourkan
02-27-2013, 03:05 PM
Yes, it is one of them.