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Lefty
05-31-2013, 05:40 PM
The timing is kind of strange, and somewhat serendipitous; I will now be offering custom made "sandwich sayas". The way this can work is for you to send your knife, and cover shipping round trip, or send an ACCURATE drawing, with the exact thickest width on the knife's spine. It would be best to send the knife, but to keep costs down, the picture method is an option.

In light of the hole left by Eamon's absence, to start, I'll be offering sayas at the exact same price point as Eamon did (plus materials). Can someone track down his pricing list for me? Also, for special material requests, I will gladly use those provided by the customer.

Here are some pics of one I finished up today.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/C5151DCD-2C46-4392-9B47-4848ECE43C6D-982-00000160FEC55B9D.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/A17649C5-D8C1-48E7-9B24-3F4B3BDBBAA6-982-000001611642E91F.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/E17ACBAF-E58F-476D-B8C5-4A303320E750-982-00000161245B8754.jpg

I should also mention, I'll only take on orders that I can get done, and get done quickly, so at times, I'll have to say, "not yet". :D

Thanks guys!

Don Nguyen
05-31-2013, 07:49 PM
Very cool Tom. The lighter spacer between the two dark sides looks really nice.

Dardeau
05-31-2013, 08:26 PM
This is great news. I have so much cardboard and masking tape in my bag it's ridiculous.

cclin
05-31-2013, 08:45 PM
burke cutlery:
standard saya for $45(including basic saya wood)
premium saya for $60(excluding saya materials)

Lefty
05-31-2013, 10:59 PM
Alright, I'm thinking $55, plus materials for the sayas. Let's call that the price, plus shipping, of course.

Thanks, Charles!

Crothcipt
05-31-2013, 11:08 PM
is that 55 can? I think it would be, but just throwing it out there for some clarity.

Lefty
05-31-2013, 11:46 PM
Nope, good old American! :) It's easier for everyone that way. Thanks for asking, though.

NO ChoP!
06-02-2013, 01:02 AM
What are the thicknesses of the wood? 1/8" or 1/4", also what is the middle spacer material? Is the middle thicker than the sandwich pieces?

Lefty
06-02-2013, 10:13 AM
The spacer thickness can vary. As I have 1/16" (thin petty), 1/8" (gyuto/suji) and 1/4" (cleaver/deba) thicknesses, the sayas are a nice snug fit. As for the outside, I use 1/8" sheets, and bevel, hand sand, oil and wax the finished piece. The faces look thinner and the overall look is sleeker, because of the bevels and overall slimmer profile I go for.

For context, I use basswood for the spacer material, because it works very well, is edge friendly, and despite its light weight, is flexible and surprisingly strong.

NO ChoP!
06-02-2013, 11:47 AM
Sweet! I ask because I just bought a bunch of various 1/8" x 4" x 24" finished boards and some basswood.

Good to know I'm on the right track!

Looks great by the way.

Lefty
06-07-2013, 01:04 PM
Here's an example of my basic saya, which is $55, plus shipping. As you can see, I strive to match the design and feel of the knife, rather than just cover the blade with slabs of wood. I actually remembered to take some pics of this one that I just finished up, so here it is.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/D0AA7166-E28E-4C6E-83C1-A3234CCAE9DC-6738-0000091C0DFEA6F4.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/E72E06B5-403A-4EEA-ACFC-9AAB2C869ACA-6738-0000091C18A73D0A.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/0C09C17B-4AA3-49A0-9DCD-774C3413A0B2-6738-0000091C39C1789D.jpg

I'm currently at my max for saya orders, but once room opens up, I'll let you all know. However, you can always reserve a spot, if you feel like it. :D

Thanks for the support and any comments!

PierreRodrigue
06-07-2013, 01:31 PM
Nice work Tom! Well done indeed!

Don Nguyen
06-07-2013, 02:29 PM
It's only a matter of time till we see Mclean custom knives out there :laugh:

Looks fantastic, by the way. The shaping is really nice!

Lefty
06-17-2013, 01:50 PM
Here's one I just finished up for my Marr petty, just for the heck of it. Friction fit, plain finish. I might add a pin (there's room), because it gets used and sharpened a lot.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/1CA94A2A-BC88-491D-9CCC-2DA3B9AF3197-1894-0000033CA58D7D08.jpg

I've decided my price on plain sayas, like this is now going to be $50, plus shipping. Anyone who was given the old price,will now be honored at $50.

Thanks again

marc4pt0
06-17-2013, 02:17 PM
nice looking work!

Lefty
06-18-2013, 12:57 PM
This is isn't done, but what knife is this for? :D

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/209AA073-A007-466C-B661-65D460F38B8C-2709-0000048B37330464.jpg

This White Oak is beautiful stuff! Talk about funky chatoyance....

Pensacola Tiger
06-18-2013, 01:43 PM
This is isn't done, but what knife is this for? :D


10" ZKramer. :doublethumbsup:

Lefty
06-18-2013, 01:48 PM
You know it! Beautiful knife, but the slightly wider than 1/8" spine thickness and wicked distal taper made this one tough to fit. I ended up filing the inside of the saya out a bit, on top of matching the profile for a crazy fit!

Lefty
06-19-2013, 12:44 PM
Just finished this baby up! It's friction fit white oak, with a bamboo pin for added security (it doesn't need it, but why not?)

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/F8B2615B-9DF0-4C83-B5D3-BF5BE29B3021-3465-000005BAD2106327.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/07E7FBB3-E232-4C5F-AF4D-31101C935AC1-3465-000005BAE67F688F.jpg

Thanks for looking, and comments/critiques more than welcome. :)

kwong010
07-02-2013, 05:12 PM
hows the line looking for these ?

WillC
07-02-2013, 05:32 PM
They look great Tom:)

Lefty
07-02-2013, 06:04 PM
Thanks, Will! I have a few days this week to get some more done, but at the moment, I believe I have 9 to do...basically my max. PM/email me for more info. :)

marc4pt0
07-02-2013, 11:24 PM
Ok, I've been wanting a saya for my ZK and that looks sharp Tom. Very nice. Now I'm wondering, do I jump on your waiting list or try to make one myself and hope for results half as good. Hmmmmmm...

Lefty
07-03-2013, 09:54 PM
My most recent, that I just finished, literally 15 minutes ago. It's a Tsourkan petty, for a great guy and customer. Please, tell me your thoughts guys!

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/58AC80AB-2C34-4836-9B40-632EDECF0F35-771-000000709295ED8A.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/6EC69112-385A-46E1-BC1E-2A1995EA5992-771-00000070A4356B3A.jpg

Thanks, as always!

CanadianMan
07-03-2013, 10:10 PM
nice work on the corners, I really like them, good job

Dream Burls
07-03-2013, 10:28 PM
Very nice Tom. Marko would be proud (I think).

Pensacola Tiger
07-03-2013, 10:30 PM
Nice work, Tom!

Marko Tsourkan
07-03-2013, 10:58 PM
Looks pretty good. Is this a two-piece or a three piece construction?

M

SpikeC
07-03-2013, 11:26 PM
the pin is the wrong color.

Lefty
07-03-2013, 11:43 PM
Thanks for the comments, guys. Rick, I'm glad you like it!

Marko, it's the three piece style, but for fun, I'm going to mess around with a two piece, soon. I hope you think it looks good on your knife. :)

Trev, your Davis is 1/3rd finished, already. :D

Spike, I always love your comments! Haha. The real ebony pins are a $3 surcharge....

Lefty
07-04-2013, 10:37 PM
One more that I just completed. This one matches a gorgeous Davis Line Knife.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/094067C0-E484-4F93-B158-D2649A0E782E-1738-0000019BE54E4F2A.jpg

A little "family photo", with a couple missing.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/8E25F07B-C0D0-4CCD-B2AD-69836932A293-1738-0000019BF93FA06A.jpg

PierreRodrigue
07-04-2013, 10:58 PM
Lookin' good brother!

NO ChoP!
07-04-2013, 11:03 PM
Looking good, bro!

I'm really enjoying making these. The payoff for the time put in is great!

I really like the shape at the mouth of your sayas...they have great contour...mine are pretty boring.

Hope these take off for you!

Johnny.B.Good
07-04-2013, 11:08 PM
These all look great.

Nice work, Tom.

Lefty
07-04-2013, 11:40 PM
Thanks, guys. I try to match the feel of the knife, as best I can. The chamfers and contours are just an attempt to match what the maker was doing when he made them. I'm really glad you like the work!

CanadianMan
07-05-2013, 02:34 AM
amazing work on my davis!!! and nice family photo

Lefty
07-11-2013, 08:12 PM
Mini-saya!

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/06F8A45F-33DC-427C-9A54-E4C96AC645F1-7493-00000957976C7C38.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/E892E871-9E66-4BE4-A2C2-1EB0FFEBD4F1-7493-000009578E050F0C.jpg

Von blewitt
07-11-2013, 09:14 PM
Nice! That looks awesome Tom!

Did you get my PM?

Lefty
07-11-2013, 09:28 PM
Thanks, Huw! This one is a bit rustic, in the sanding/finishing. It was one for myself, so I used scraps and didn't put as much elbow grease into it. All in all, it was a fun little project. :D

I must have missed your message altogether. Sorry! Let me know what's up, my man!

brainsausage
07-11-2013, 11:14 PM
These all look great Tom, and I'm definitely sending some work your way soonish. I hope i'm not going off topic here- but I have a few largish scimitars and bull noses in my bag that I'd like to get some proper sayas/sheaths for. Any thoughts...?

Lefty
07-11-2013, 11:46 PM
Thanks for the comments! I can likely figure something out. :) The issue with a bullnose and scimitar isn't the curve, or large tip (the "physics" work the same - point the tip in the direction you want it to go, and pull out with an opposite swoop), but with there normally being no spot for a pin for down the road, or a slightly less than perfect friction fit. I might make a test saya for an old bullnose and scimitar now, just to see how it goes. Send me pics and I'll be able to give you a better idea.

brainsausage
07-12-2013, 12:09 PM
Will do, thanks Tom!

Lefty
08-06-2013, 09:46 PM
This one's going to Johnnychance. I hope you like it, John!

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/E0D5BC4D-337F-4BA9-BA87-7EBA35CA79A0-9436-00000E7F757F5CBE.jpg

Mr.Magnus
08-12-2013, 01:40 PM
Very nice, where the heck is mine. :spiteful:

Lefty
08-12-2013, 04:12 PM
I'm working on them, Magnus! Haha.

Here's my newest, for a Watanabe Gyuto.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/63F8E796-D64D-48C7-AD43-C7B044E7CD2B-14057-000014E698C5D4CB.jpg

Mr.Magnus
08-13-2013, 02:45 PM
super nice, but where is mine?! :happymug:

Lefty
09-11-2013, 01:54 PM
Between bathroom renos and parers (gonna get those finished up soon), I've worked in a couple other pieces. Here's one that should be finished up tomorrow, if everything goes according to plan.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/4F6E61DC-1A66-4C34-8A0A-241E755C2245-3490-000005EB9691496E_zpsa03918ac.jpg

It's the redux on the Marr gyuto. I tweaked my "choil" shape after admiring Fish's saya and one from TC. Let me know what you think. It's going to get much darker, and the grain will pop, by the way. :)

NO ChoP!
09-11-2013, 03:59 PM
Zebra wood?

Lefty
09-11-2013, 04:24 PM
My fave!

Baby Huey
09-11-2013, 04:30 PM
How deep is the line atm? Will have that Watanabe incoming and if the show box is too big to carry around, will need one made.

WillC
09-11-2013, 04:31 PM
Looking really really good bud :)

tripleq
09-11-2013, 04:32 PM
That looks sweet even as is Tom. I wish I had the talent to make something out of nothing like that. I do however have an extraordinary talent for doing the exact opposite ;)

Lefty
09-11-2013, 05:02 PM
I think I'm about two months, to three months right now. You guys are keeping me busy, and I LOVE IT! Actually, I have a new system in place (I think Marko and I had similar realizations) and I can likely get my list knocked off in a month and a half, if I concentrate.

I plan to always be making other items as I go, that will be allotted time in the list. This keeps me thinking creatively and allows me to play (though I do love making these!).

apicius9
09-11-2013, 05:25 PM
Zebrawood stinks. Literally. But it looks great :) Nice work, buddy!

Stefan

bear1889
09-11-2013, 06:23 PM
Great work!

Lefty
09-12-2013, 03:18 PM
Thanks, guys.

Believe it or not, this nex pic is two stages later. I still have to finish it up with some fancy shaping/sanding, oiling, etc, but it's now reinforced, among other things. The choil shape is dialed in.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/61F3934A-F57A-46F5-8016-6EDD44017DA5-4510-0000072266FDB021_zpscfc61d06.jpg

Baby Huey
09-12-2013, 03:28 PM
Awesome work.

ejd53
09-16-2013, 10:57 AM
Really like your workbench!

Lefty
09-16-2013, 11:05 AM
Thanks. It's a little messy, but does the trick, for now. It is a big piece of silver maple that literally sits on top of my real bench. I like this better. :)

Lefty
09-20-2013, 01:29 PM
Mac Bread Knife

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/E815839B-FB50-4352-8D19-965E05E3C6CA-770-000001278E43DEEF_zpsce8479be.jpg

CoqaVin
09-20-2013, 02:11 PM
Mac Bread Knife

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/E815839B-FB50-4352-8D19-965E05E3C6CA-770-000001278E43DEEF_zpsce8479be.jpg

Those are looking sweet I might be in the market for one for my new Masakage Yuki 240 Whats up with the line?

EdipisReks
09-20-2013, 02:30 PM
really nice work, Tom!

PierreRodrigue
09-20-2013, 09:34 PM
Atta-boy Tommy! Nice work!

apicius9
09-20-2013, 11:13 PM
The branding really makes it, very nice work.

Stefan

Lefty
09-21-2013, 12:41 AM
Thanks everyone! I employed some new techniques on this one, and I'm thrilled with how it turned out. Here's a cool pic I meant to post earlier. Kinda like, "follow the yellow brick road".

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/A448FA7C-22AC-48EC-A1F0-C5DF3FCC3183-1412-00000189A4AF25C0_zpsf62bbfab.jpg

Baby Huey
09-21-2013, 01:59 AM
Beautiful work need to get a few from you soon.

Michael Rader
09-21-2013, 03:53 AM
Nice. You might need a bigger work bench... :-)

Lefty
09-21-2013, 11:32 AM
Maybe I will. Maybe I will. :D

CoqaVin
09-21-2013, 11:52 AM
Maybe I will. Maybe I will. :D

What is this waiting list looking like bud?

Lefty
09-21-2013, 12:01 PM
It's hard to gauge, right now. I'm getting all caught up, and I've put a new organization method in place that's really making a difference. MAAAYBBE two and a half months... But, I have a big order coming up soonish.

Lefty
10-07-2013, 02:28 PM
Here's my latest. It's fresh off the sanding block. Almost like I knew Favre...err, I mean Marko was coming back to sayas and I needed to put out something ridiculous.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/4A0B50FF-61AC-426D-AB22-437D8FDABCAA-13315-000014AC13FAFFF5_zps733f1851.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/70BB226C-6FB5-4503-BCBD-9AB956BB68FA-13315-000014AC6A939B96_zps46b7de68.jpg

Thoughts are welcomed, as always!

CoqaVin
10-07-2013, 02:33 PM
Here's my latest. It's fresh off the sanding block. Almost like I knew Favre...err, I mean Marko was coming back to sayas and I needed to put out something ridiculous.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/4A0B50FF-61AC-426D-AB22-437D8FDABCAA-13315-000014AC13FAFFF5_zps733f1851.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/70BB226C-6FB5-4503-BCBD-9AB956BB68FA-13315-000014AC6A939B96_zps46b7de68.jpg

Thoughts are welcomed, as always!

Wow is that a looker...nice job love the contrasting wood colors.

I have to bow out of the 2nd running for the McLean/Harner parers...as I just got a Damascus Del Ealy parer...I am going to need some sayas for that as well as a gyuto....what is the list looking like for Saya work?

Mr.Magnus
10-07-2013, 04:24 PM
:hungry:. gimme gimme gimme :D looks awsome!

cookinstuff
10-07-2013, 04:42 PM
That's sweet Tom, you are finding your look that's for sure.

cookinstuff
10-07-2013, 04:43 PM
Well I guess you could just make a rectangle out of that wood and it would look nice, geez. Sexy stuff, what is it?

Mr.Magnus
10-08-2013, 03:27 PM
Well I guess you could just make a rectangle out of that wood and it would look nice, geez. Sexy stuff, what is it?

its cocobolo :)

Lefty
10-18-2013, 03:12 PM
Walnut, on walnut. This beautiful wood was provided by Mark Farley. It's some beautiful walnut! One more to go, and the twins will be off to Australia.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/5B41A54C-541D-4F73-82B8-4E2FCFCA25AC-612-0000011AA3046A44_zpsc70020d8.jpg

Lemme know whatcha think!

V1P
10-18-2013, 03:15 PM
Australia? But I did not order one :laughat:

Lefty
10-24-2013, 03:15 PM
These are for a couple very patient Australians. Thanks for sitting back and letting it happen guys. I just wasn't happy with the white oak for these. Walnut, sourced from Mark Farley. Thanks again, Mark!

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/7F5C463B-49CF-403C-9A47-5B03F7DCDBF3-134-00000003612EE5BD_zps8d0f9c8d.jpg

Von blewitt
10-24-2013, 06:27 PM
Badass!!! Looks like it will be totally worth the wait! Great work Tom :D

Michael Rader
10-25-2013, 03:56 AM
Very nice. Love that Walnut. I'll have to see if I have any extra exotic wood scraps I can send you with the mini-lathe :-)

jigert
10-25-2013, 05:01 AM
They look great, Tom! Always a treat reading up on your sub forum!

Lefty
10-30-2013, 04:28 PM
Just got this all done. Rosewood to match. :)

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/EFEEB29D-EF64-4347-B375-6C0F28EBEE89-1665-000002546114CC55_zps178524e7.jpg

statusquo
10-30-2013, 05:59 PM
Oooo nice!

NO ChoP!
10-30-2013, 07:00 PM
Sweet!

jigert
10-30-2013, 07:03 PM
Very nice, Tom! The saya really complements the contours and looks of the handle. Well done!

Lefty
10-30-2013, 10:21 PM
Thanks guys. This was a bit of a tough one, or some reason. I'm pleased with the result, and opted to go without my logo on it. It didn't seem right on this one, with the contouring. Here's an artsy fartsy pic:

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/DF251621-056D-473C-AB1D-703DA4FF639E-1665-0000027C0EB6B30C_zpsb94ab8ff.jpg

This shows the contouring a lot better.

Bacon Bandit
10-31-2013, 01:39 AM
I like it!

Lefty
12-04-2013, 04:47 PM
Oh, in case you've forgotten - I still make sayas. :)

This one is going to the guy who spent big dough on a saya, at the Badger and Blade Sue Moore Memorial Auction. I hope you like it. And, yes...another ZKramer!

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/75AB183B-E217-4DE6-A5C6-C5857422DDB0-1137-0000010F523466BB_zps5fb0fcc1.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/7E50F940-B1E8-4AC2-B9A1-FD5F2E453382-1137-0000010F774DD10E_zpsa2607d10.jpg

Anton
12-04-2013, 04:52 PM
Thanks guys. This was a bit of a tough one, or some reason. I'm pleased with the result, and opted to go without my logo on it. It didn't seem right on this one, with the contouring. Here's an artsy fartsy pic:

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/DF251621-056D-473C-AB1D-703DA4FF639E-1665-0000027C0EB6B30C_zpsb94ab8ff.jpg

This shows the contouring a lot better.

VERY nice curves, Tom

Lefty
12-08-2013, 06:59 PM
Pierre thinks he's the only one who can finish a project while at work? Ha, not any more!

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/F645397F-C263-4EC8-AB4E-03038E875C44-4884-000004AACC5CD49E_zpsd230bf63.jpg

And just in time for Christmas! :D

cookinstuff
12-10-2013, 12:39 AM
I saw this one in person today, it's a super sexy saya, Tom has got his groove on with these. Had excellent fit and finish, she is a really nice match for that Masakage. Can't wait to get some of your stuff myself, keep it up!

marc4pt0
12-10-2013, 05:22 AM
Looking real fine there. And that recent ZK job just looks sexy.

Lefty
12-10-2013, 10:41 AM
Thanks, Adam! It was lots of fun seeing your insane kit. It's funny, but I keep thinking back on your Miz....

Marc, let's hope your saya gets to you soon. Fingers crossed, the blind match saya works!

cookinstuff
12-10-2013, 02:55 PM
Just say the word, and you can borrow her anytime.

BeardedCrow
12-10-2013, 03:09 PM
These look great!

How are the knives/saya held in place? Pin or magnetic?

Lefty
12-10-2013, 03:27 PM
I might take you up on that sometime. :D

The sayas are friction fit (now every one), with a pin for looks and security.