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Burl Source
12-17-2011, 07:18 PM
Dang it!
I hoped you would be away from the computer for a few days, and that Dave would send it to me.
OH Well, it was worth a try.

Beautiful Knife!

obtuse
12-17-2011, 07:59 PM
it's like my HD's tkc brother, I like it.

mhenry
12-17-2011, 10:18 PM
Dave, haven't looked at this thread in a while all I can saw is WOW! Those 210's are beautiful what woods?

Dave Martell
12-17-2011, 10:24 PM
Dave, haven't looked at this thread in a while all I can saw is WOW! Those 210's are beautiful what woods?

The top one is some crazy koa variant and the bottom one is redwood.

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2990&d=1324076963


Thanks for the kind words everyone. :)

jmforge
12-18-2011, 04:50 AM
That Koa is VERY red. I like it!! :doublethumbsup:
The top one is some crazy koa variant and the bottom one is redwood.

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2990&d=1324076963


Thanks for the kind words everyone. :)

Dave Martell
12-18-2011, 02:14 PM
That picture really made the red pop but if you look at this picture (bottom knife this time) you can see the true color better. It's more brown/red.

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2991&d=1324076968

Dave Martell
12-18-2011, 03:17 PM
It seems that I had forgot about a conversation that I had with Mr. Pesky regarding the shaping of his handle (BTW - never talk to me on the phone about this stuff - I won't remember LOL) so I had to do a little re-shaping to correct my mistake.

Pesky is looking for a rounded ass end sort of like Dan O'Malley/Bob Kramer does to their handles. This is my take on that....


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=3137&d=1324235817

jmforge
12-18-2011, 03:49 PM
Dave, how do you shape handles and bolsters on full tang damascus blades? Do you temporarily attach the scales so you can remove then and etch before final glue up or do you "spot" etch the affected part after everything is put together and shined up real pretty?

El Pescador
12-18-2011, 04:11 PM
Dave I know you still want to kill me for making you remodel the handle but it turned out EXACTLY like I wanted it to. I couldn't be happier.

Dave Martell
12-18-2011, 05:45 PM
Dave I know you still want to kill me for making you remodel the handle but it turned out EXACTLY like I wanted it to. I couldn't be happier.


I'm happy if you're happy. :)

Dave Martell
12-18-2011, 05:46 PM
Dave, how do you shape handles and bolsters on full tang damascus blades? Do you temporarily attach the scales so you can remove then and etch before final glue up or do you "spot" etch the affected part after everything is put together and shined up real pretty?


I haven't done one yet but I'm guessing that I'll spot etch it.

SpikeC
12-18-2011, 08:19 PM
That rounded butt looks really nice!

Dave Martell
12-18-2011, 08:40 PM
That rounded butt looks really nice!

I bet that's not the first time you've said those words. :D

jmforge
12-18-2011, 09:43 PM
Hopefully, it is the first time that he has said it to you!!
I bet that's not the first time you've said those words. :D

mr drinky
12-18-2011, 10:13 PM
I often tell my wife she has a nice distal taper, but never a rounded butt ;)

k.

Dave Martell
12-18-2011, 10:18 PM
I often tell my wife she has a nice distal taper, but never a rounded butt ;)

k.


:lol2:

jmforge
12-19-2011, 12:47 AM
Honey, do these koa scales make my butt look big?
I often tell my wife she has a nice distal taper, but never a rounded butt ;)

k.

apicius9
12-22-2011, 04:19 AM
This last one looked kind of familiar... :) This is the handle that Dan O'Malley put on my Blazen a few years ago. Clearly, with the typical rounding of the butt Dave's handles come close to this style.

Stefan

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El Pescador
12-22-2011, 04:47 AM
Stephan,
That was the inspiration for my knife.

obtuse
12-22-2011, 06:15 AM
beautiful koa

Dave Martell
12-22-2011, 12:56 PM
LOL - that was the exact knife that Judd pointed me towards as inspiration. He had always admired your knife and wanted something similar. :)

El Pescador
12-27-2011, 03:09 AM
While Dave is not a fan of the shape, this knife has great balance. I used it for Xmas eve, Xmas breakfast, and xmas dinner. I am very impressed with how this knife turned out.

Dave Martell
12-28-2011, 01:00 AM
Hey Judd that's great to hear that you're pleased with it. True I wasn't all in for this one but I'm happy that you got what you wanted as that's what matters the most and I think it's growing on me too so it's all good. :)

El Pescador
12-28-2011, 01:04 AM
Good! You're probably going to get a chance to do another pretty quick here!

Dave Martell
12-28-2011, 01:05 AM
Good! You're probably going to get a chance to do another pretty quick here!

LOL - I'm already looking forward to it. :)

Dave Martell
12-31-2011, 03:51 PM
This is a long time coming, one of the longest projects in house that I've had for sure. It turned out to be quite a challenge on many levels, one that I sometimes wished I never got started with, but in the end I think the results should work well and the customer will be happy.

Initially another block of wood was sent in that I proceded to screw up when attempting to make a notch in it to insert the half tang into. Yup - I said half tang - that was part of the problem. The customer sent me another block of spalted something or other that entered in another problem - spalted wood.

I have filled and sanded this handle a total of 4 times now and it's still coming up with punky sections where it's flaky and rough and some where the CA glue won;t stick so there's small pits. This is a good lesson for all of us - don't buy wood from just any source and just say no to spalted woods. LOL :)

So to deal with the half tang (like I mentioned above) I started off to make a slot to drop the tang down into and when that didn't work out well I took a break from it for a couple of months to think about another way, a better cleaner way. The reason why I didn't want to do the slot is that unless perfectly fit it will look sloppy when filled in with epoxy. The factory likely used a slotter saw to cut an exact depth and length slot to fit the tang in and Dave doesn;t have such a thing so I bailed on the sloppy way and went with something else. What I came up with is to fabricate a form fit spacer to fit in between scales. From the top sides you see tang, from the bottom you see spacer, and only on the ass end do you see both - you see the line where the tang stops and the spacer begins (I believe that you can see these details in the pictures). Getting this all fit up tight wasn't as easy as I had hoped it would be but the results came out better than I wished for so I'm pleased with this aspect of the job.

The old "scales" were actually one block notched out to fit the tang and then slid onto the blade. This offered great hand protection for the user but impeded the sharpening of the blade, something that as a professional sharpener really irks me, so I set out to retain the hand safety yet also allow for full blade sharpening and I think I did good on this as well.

I added a tad more palm swell to the underside to make for better comfort and rounded and eased all corners. The handle feels pretty comfy in hand.

Something worth noting is that since this is a butcher's knife it's used with the hammer type grip where the comfort of a palm swell is very important. This is something that normally makes a handle feel clunky on a chef's knife because they're mostly used in a pinch grip where too much palm swell pushes the fingers apart and makes the handle feel too fat and the blade too small.

Anyway, here's the knife looking all spiffy, ready to head back to it's owner to start on it's new patina. :)

Dave Martell
12-31-2011, 04:07 PM
I forgot to mention that we went with copper pins (the customer's choice actually) and they look great. We both think that they'll look even better when they darken up over time.

Andrew H
12-31-2011, 04:21 PM
Very nicely done, Dave.

CalleNAK
12-31-2011, 04:31 PM
Now that is how I like to start a new year!!! You're the man Dave, thank you for all the time and effort, it looks amazing. I know the wood was a major pain but boy did it come out stunning. I just burnt through my last NY strip so I'll be putting this bad boy to work breaking down a strip loin ASAP. Can't wait. Thanks again. I think this is the 3rd rehandle job you've done for me and every one was incredible. You'll have my business as long as you're in the business.

obtuse
12-31-2011, 04:36 PM
nice!

Dave Martell
12-31-2011, 09:20 PM
Now that is how I like to start a new year!!! You're the man Dave, thank you for all the time and effort, it looks amazing. I know the wood was a major pain but boy did it come out stunning. I just burnt through my last NY strip so I'll be putting this bad boy to work breaking down a strip loin ASAP. Can't wait. Thanks again. I think this is the 3rd rehandle job you've done for me and every one was incredible. You'll have my business as long as you're in the business.


Thank you, I really appreciate that. :)

I'll get the knife off on Tues when the post office opens back up. Enjoy!

Dave Martell
12-31-2011, 09:20 PM
@Andrew & Aaron - thanks

kalaeb
12-31-2011, 09:27 PM
Wow. Very well done Dave!



Hmm, this gets me thinking, I wonder if we are going to see a Martell butcher knife? :whistling:

Twistington
12-31-2011, 09:38 PM
Oh that turned out great! Well done! :)

Burl Source
01-01-2012, 10:28 PM
We need to see more photos!
What have you been doing all weekend?
Self employed people don't get holidays.

But seriously.....
Throughout the day I set certain projects to be completed before I take a break.
When I give myself a break I go to the computer to see if there are any new photos.
You're really messing up my work schedule lately.

Dave Martell
01-02-2012, 12:45 AM
LOL Mark, I promise to get more posted soon. :D

Dave Martell
01-02-2012, 11:58 AM
Here's a short suji from an unknown (to me) maker in blue dyed redwood scales with a spalted spacer (wood from Burl Source), G10 liners/spacers, & mosaic/nickel silver pins.

This was done to customer specs from a supplied drawing, I think I got it pretty close. This was a fun change of pace.


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=3431&d=1325519496

bcrano
01-02-2012, 12:11 PM
That looks awesome Dave. Great job!

obtuse
01-02-2012, 03:39 PM
Is it a carbonext? very nice!

WillC
01-02-2012, 03:49 PM
That looks very Jazzy, I love it.:groucho:

kalaeb
01-02-2012, 04:02 PM
Now were talking that is a new favorite for me.

Dave Martell
01-02-2012, 06:43 PM
Thanks guys - you're too kind. :)

I'll have to ask the customer about the maker on that, I'm getting curious myself.

Burl Source
01-02-2012, 07:18 PM
I thought it was kind of weird.
But I like weird so that was meant as a compliment.
I like the way the black liner ties in with the blackline in the spalted piece.

Johnny.B.Good
01-02-2012, 07:20 PM
I thought it was kind of weird. But I like weird so that was meant as a compliment.

It wouldn't be my choice of materials, but the craftsmanship looks top notch and it is certainly unique looking.

riverie
01-02-2012, 09:05 PM
yes that's a carbonext Dave.... the combination of those two woods and your execution make it looks "funky" .

unkajonet
01-02-2012, 09:51 PM
Here's a short suji from an unknown (to me) maker in blue dyed redwood scales with a spalted spacer (wood from Burl Source), G10 liners/spacers, & mosaic/nickel silver pins.

This was done to customer specs from a supplied drawing, I think I got it pretty close. This was a fun change of pace.


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=3431&d=1325519496

A little late to the show, but...Hubba-hubba! Great work, Dave!

Dave Martell
01-02-2012, 09:51 PM
Thanks for the clarification Rio

Dave Martell
01-02-2012, 09:52 PM
Thanks Emanuel

Dave Martell
02-10-2012, 03:33 PM
Here is Dan's 240mm Hiromoto AS gyuto that has had it's blade thinned & etched with a new buckeye burl handle installed.

The etching came out very light on this one. I even etched it twice and got the same results. Once again I'm left saying that you never know what you'll get when you etch a Hiro.

The thinning and handle came out nicely though and I think Dan should be happy with those aspects.


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4414&d=1328902287

Johnny.B.Good
02-10-2012, 03:44 PM
The etching doesn't look too light to me. Nice looking knife.

SpikeC
02-10-2012, 05:54 PM
I think that the etch goes especially well with that handle.

99Limited
02-10-2012, 11:17 PM
Yeah it's finished!!! I can't wait to see it in the flesh. Thanks Dave.

Dave Martell
02-11-2012, 12:10 AM
Yeah it's finished!!! I can't wait to see it in the flesh. Thanks Dave.


Your welcome Dan and thank you back! :)

Dave Martell
02-11-2012, 12:40 PM
This Josh's 190mm Hiromoto AS santoku that he is gifting to a "girl friend"....yeah sure Josh, we know you like pink. :razz: Seriously though, I hope she likes it.

Scales are Butch's purple "mycarta" with hot pink G-10 liners.

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4438&d=1328978413

jm2hill
02-11-2012, 01:02 PM
Awesome Dave!!

I'm gonna love using it... I mean she's going to love using it!

Sending pictures to her now!

Andrew H
02-11-2012, 01:06 PM
That handle is awesome. Whose idea were the pink liners?

WillC
02-11-2012, 01:23 PM
Great combo, the pink really makes the purple glow:biggrin:

Dave Martell
02-11-2012, 01:58 PM
Whose idea were the pink liners?

As I recall Josh started out with looking for pink scales but the choices were limited and none appealing so he then gave me her colors of pink & purple to work with and I recalled having a set of scales from Butch hanging around for just such a project so maybe I then thought of the pink liners. I could have this all wrong too. :)

jm2hill
02-12-2012, 12:49 PM
As I recall Josh started out with looking for pink scales but the choices were limited and none appealing so he then gave me her colors of pink & purple to work with and I recalled having a set of scales from Butch hanging around for just such a project so maybe I then thought of the pink liners. I could have this all wrong too. :)

That's what I remember too!

jm2hill
02-12-2012, 12:50 PM
Dave, she loves it! Can't wait to get her hands on it!

Little bit scared to use it I may add, thinks its too pretty to be used!

Dave Martell
02-12-2012, 12:58 PM
Tell her it'll look even prettier with some blood and fish guts all over it. :D

I'm glad she likes it. :)

Burl Source
02-13-2012, 07:35 PM
Tell her it'll look even prettier with some blood and fish guts all over it.

Dang Dave, You know all the right things to say to a lady!

Just teasing you. Sorry I couldn't help myself. Must be the lacquer fumes.

Dave Martell
04-16-2012, 05:05 PM
Here is Rene's 300mm Hiromoto AS Suji. This one has been thinned, etched, and has a Claro walnut handle with copper pins, 1 mosaic pin, and G10 liners.


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=6147&d=1334606682

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=6152&d=1334606707

Line cooked
04-16-2012, 06:10 PM
Very Nice...I love that Claro Walnut!!!

El Pescador
04-16-2012, 06:19 PM
SWEET!

99Limited
04-16-2012, 06:40 PM
Those copper pins look really sweet with the walnut.

WildBoar
04-16-2012, 06:49 PM
Nice work, Dave!

Burl Source
04-16-2012, 08:23 PM
It's a beauty!
You sure do nice work Dave.

Dave Martell
04-26-2012, 06:40 PM
Here we have Tom's 240mm Hiromoto Aogami Super Steel gyuto with it's new California Sycamore Two-Toned Burl handle (wood from our local weird wood pusher man Mark from BurlSource).

The blade has been thinned & etched; Tom, if you ever sell this make sure that you note that this one was thinned to the max, you can't grind them much thinner than this. :thumbsup:

Have fun with it! :)


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=6518&d=1335476328

WildBoar
04-26-2012, 06:45 PM
Very cool wood. Nice work, Dave!

SpikeC
04-26-2012, 07:21 PM
That is just delicious!

Rotary
04-26-2012, 07:52 PM
Wow, Dave .... cant wait.to.get my.hands on.it. Abolutely gorgeous!

markenki
04-26-2012, 08:47 PM
Sweet!

heirkb
04-29-2012, 12:34 PM
Is the finish on these Hiromoto's scratch-free? It looks like a scratch-free matte finish in the photos.

Dave Martell
04-29-2012, 02:22 PM
Is the finish on these Hiromoto's scratch-free? It looks like a scratch-free matte finish in the photos.


The soft gummy cladding on these knives is super tricky to get scratch free. The latter ones I've done are close to perfect in that regard but I'll never claim absolute perfection.

TB_London
04-29-2012, 05:59 PM
Awesome work, such a crisp finish on every one.
With the amount of taper that you get on the handles do you have to reduce the size of the bolsters, or is it all achieved through the palm swell? I'm guessing it's a bit of both

Dave Martell
04-29-2012, 07:43 PM
Awesome work, such a crisp finish on every one.
With the amount of taper that you get on the handles do you have to reduce the size of the bolsters, or is it all achieved through the palm swell? I'm guessing it's a bit of both


I use the bolster as a guide for the the thickness of the front and then expand behind that. Sometimes I have to reshape the bolster slightly to make them tapered though most are ground that way already.

Burl Source
04-29-2012, 11:11 PM
Dave,
You did a fantastic job with the sycamore.
While I am not a big fan of contrasting liners, the black liner really goes good with the black line in the wood.
I can't think of anything you could have done different to make it look any better than it does.
I am sure there was a bit of extra work to get it to look so darn good.
I am very impressed.

Dave Martell
04-30-2012, 01:07 AM
Thanks Mark :)

TB_London
04-30-2012, 06:18 AM
Cheers for the response, can I be cheeky and ask how thick the scales are at the thickest point?
Am planning another rehandle and keep ogling this thread for inspiration....

Dave Martell
04-30-2012, 10:17 AM
I start with 1/2" (1.27cm) thick scales but I can't tell you what they end up being reduced to since I've never measured them after the fact, sorry.

Dave Martell
05-04-2012, 05:42 PM
Here is Zach's 270mm Hiromoto Aogami Super Steel gyuto with it's new (maple? - wood supplied by BurlSource) handle. The knife was thinned & etched as well.

Thanks for your patience & I hope you like it Zach. :)


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=6774&d=1336164099

Zach
05-04-2012, 06:15 PM
awesome dave!!! i'm stoked!

El Pescador
05-04-2012, 07:29 PM
WOW! that burl is incredible Dave! Great work on the handle-you really did a great job showing off how awesome that wood is!

Andrew H
05-04-2012, 07:35 PM
That wood (dyed redwood?) is stunning. Great job as always, Dave.

TB_London
05-04-2012, 07:39 PM
The wood really does match the knife, great work.

Cheers for the measurement as well :D

Zach
05-04-2012, 08:44 PM
i can't wait to see the etch job in person. never seen one up close before....looks so cool!

add
05-04-2012, 08:44 PM
Congrats Zach.

Dave, just tremendous work.
That wood... just flat out rocks with the personality of the knife blade after your tweeking. :thumbsup:

Also, three cheers from this viewer for not using mosaics here.

Dave Martell
05-04-2012, 09:52 PM
Thanks guys but Zach picked out the wood and ordered the etching so that part is all his doing and he did very good there. :)

echerub
05-04-2012, 11:00 PM
Oooo... funkayyyy :) Very cool handle :)

99Limited
05-04-2012, 11:05 PM
That has to be some of the coolest :ovg: looking wood I have ever seen. Zach you hit it out of the park with this one.

ThEoRy
05-05-2012, 12:36 AM
I have to go slap someone now! :D

Zach
05-05-2012, 12:43 AM
pure luck. i was second guessing myself the last few weeks once i knew Dave was getting ready to start on it. thought it might turn out just a big hunk of bright blue...but damn...i'm happy with the result!! i give dave the credit knowing how to work the wood, bring out the best angles, discover the features in the wood, etc.

unkajonet
05-05-2012, 02:44 AM
OMG! Beautiful work!

apicius9
05-05-2012, 03:02 AM
Dave may not always know what wood he is working with, but he sure makes'em look purdy :D

Stefan

Burl Source
05-06-2012, 04:18 PM
Here is Zach's 270mm Hiromoto Aogami Super Steel gyuto with it's new (maple? - wood supplied by BurlSource) handle. The knife was thinned & etched as well.


Yes it is Maple dyed blue
Beautiful Knife Dave!

Dave Martell
05-06-2012, 05:01 PM
Yes it is Maple dyed blue
Beautiful Knife Dave!


Hey check that out Stefan, I'm finally getting it - I guessed right! :D

Thanks Mark

apicius9
05-06-2012, 08:48 PM
Hey check that out Stefan, I'm finally getting it - I guessed right! :D

Thanks Mark

:thumbsup: There still is hope! ;)

Stefan

stereo.pete
05-08-2012, 11:45 AM
Dave,

It is amazing to see how your skills have evolved over time with these Hiromoto re-handles. I might just have to send you mine from the very first batch to be thinned and etched, I love the look.

Dave Martell
05-08-2012, 11:54 AM
Dave,

It is amazing to see how your skills have evolved over time with these Hiromoto re-handles. I might just have to send you mine from the very first batch to be thinned and etched, I love the look.


Thanks, I'd love to the opportunity :)

Dave Martell
08-15-2012, 07:27 PM
Here is Mel's 240mm Hiromoto AS gyuto that just went through a full refurb. Somehow he scored himself a real thick version (even thicker than normal I think) of this knife and this obviously bothered him enough to try to thin it himself with stones. He sure did a lot of work on both sides to make it better but in the end he sent it over to me to get trimmed down. So I thinned the blade and then etched it for effect.

Also, Mel had a rehandle coupon that he needed to use so he cashed it in on this knife. I installed some dyed maple (scored from Burl Source) with G10 liners and nickel silver pins.

I think this came out pretty nice and hope that Mel feels the same.

Thanks for your incredible patience Mel.


BEFORE
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010003-30.jpg

AFTER

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010002-20.jpg


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9164&d=1345069325

GlassEye
08-15-2012, 07:48 PM
Wow, that looks like a completely different knife.

El Pescador
08-15-2012, 08:05 PM
Wow, that looks like a completely different knife.

+1

I'm thinking the same thing.

markenki
08-15-2012, 08:25 PM
Dave, you're an artist.

SpikeC
08-15-2012, 09:29 PM
What cool wood! The whole package looks great!

obtuse
08-15-2012, 10:16 PM
Awesome !

MadMel
08-15-2012, 11:21 PM
OMG!! Thanks Dave!!! Almost couldn't recognise it myself...

Dave Martell
08-15-2012, 11:49 PM
OMG!! Thanks Dave!!! Almost couldn't recognise it myself...


Maybe because I've had it here for so long? :D

I'm glad that you like it Melvin, hopefully it impresses even more with use.

Thanks again,
Dave

Dave Martell
08-15-2012, 11:49 PM
Thanks to you other guys too, you're all too kind with your compliments. :)

Hattorichop
08-16-2012, 12:15 AM
If I had to guess I would have guessed that those scales were koa.
I love how the rippled pattern in the wood works so well with the clad line on the blade.
Great work as always Dave.

Dave Martell
08-20-2012, 02:50 PM
Here is Ben's gyuto with straight grained ironwood scales, G10 liners, & nickel silver pins.

This was a cashed in rehandle coupon job. The handle wood was selected to match the factory made dark stained saya as best as possible and it works pretty good. I forgot to shoot a picture with the saya though (stupid) but trust me it's close. The handle is somewhat plain compared to the normal burls we use but I like it, it's simple & classy.

The wood came from Burl Source


PS - can you guess the maker? I have no idea - there's so many new ones today that I'm losing track.

Andrew H
08-20-2012, 02:54 PM
Looks like gesshin ginga to me. Great work as always, Dave.

markenki
08-20-2012, 02:55 PM
Gesshin. Looks great!

mr drinky
08-20-2012, 03:54 PM
Mel and Ben's knives look great. I love how the etching came out.

k.

Dave Martell
08-24-2012, 05:33 PM
Lamson Remedy - full refurb/rehandle - CLICK (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/8048-Some-Remedies-for-a-Remedy?p=136779&viewfull=1#post136779) on the picture below for more pictures and details


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010012-11.jpg (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/8048-Some-Remedies-for-a-Remedy?p=136779&viewfull=1#post136779)

obtuse
08-24-2012, 08:30 PM
I like the scales on that Gesshin Ginga :wink:

Jim
08-24-2012, 10:28 PM
That original handle was crapola on toast.

Dave Martell
08-29-2012, 12:27 PM
Watanabe/Martell Nessmuck knife

Click (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/8135-Watanabe-Martell-Nessmuck?p=138000&viewfull=1#post138000) on the picture below for details and many more pictures....

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9439&d=1346253746 (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/8135-Watanabe-Martell-Nessmuck?p=138000&viewfull=1#post138000)

Dave Martell
09-22-2012, 02:17 PM
Here's a 4-pack of little Gesshin (?) 210mm sujis (from JKI) just rehandled for a customer. Some of his lucky friends are getting gifts. Who wants to be his friend? :)

We have here ironwood burl, curly Oregon maple, amboyna burl, & koa.

PierreRodrigue
09-22-2012, 03:00 PM
Very nice work Dave! Great lines!

Mr.Magnus
09-22-2012, 03:01 PM
Nicely Done, i would not mind beeing friend with that guy :)

SpikeC
09-22-2012, 08:04 PM
Boy-Howdy! Them's some purdy pieces fur sure!

Burl Source
09-22-2012, 08:06 PM
Boy-Howdy! Them's some purdy pieces fur sure!
What he said. Yeeeeee Haaaa!

tweyland
09-23-2012, 03:36 AM
Woohoo!! Actually they're Kanetsune Kanemasa series purchased through JKI. Great value, in my opinion. Plus cool new shoes courtesy of Dave!! Thanks!

~Tad

Dave Martell
09-23-2012, 01:00 PM
Thanks guys and I'm glad that you like them Tad. :)

Dave Martell
09-23-2012, 02:52 PM
Here is Karring's new 150mm Hiromoto AS Petty with ash burl scales (wood from Burl Source) along with it's older bigger brother Karring's 240mm Hiromoto AS gyuto.

The petty is from the most recent group buy (#6) we did (yup - I'm still doing these) where as the gyuto is from the 1st group buy from way back when. The gyuto was returned to have it's blade thinned & etched as well as have the wood scales fixed (they shrank terribly - crap wood from WoodStabilizer). I'm 99% sure that the wood is now stable plus Karring is fond of the handle so we're going to keep it and see what happens.

Thanks for your patience Karring, I hope you like them....

mr drinky
09-23-2012, 03:09 PM
Very nice work Dave, and I love how the ash burl handle came out.

k.

Dave Martell
09-23-2012, 03:16 PM
Very nice work Dave, and I love how the ash burl handle came out.

k.


As long as you like it K, then I'm happy. :)

markenki
09-24-2012, 01:00 AM
Both knives look great!

Korin_Mari
10-03-2012, 10:39 AM
We offer re-handling service for western handled Japanese knives.

Here are a few examples of work that we've done...

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_8pygLC__Eu4/TQQ2iE6fV8I/AAAAAAAAARA/h859iGdGlKs/s1600/p1010001.JPG

If you're interested in having similar work done to your knives please contact us at JapaneseKnifeSharpening.com (http://www.japaneseknifesharpening.com/) to discuss details.

Base Cost $175 + materials (average is usually $25)

Holy geez!! It took me a while to realize that was a Togiharu. You're amazing! I'm going to show Ms. Kawano later. :D

Thats so awesome!! ::show other employees::

Dave Martell
10-03-2012, 03:00 PM
Holy geez!! It took me a while to realize that was a Togiharu. You're amazing! I'm going to show Ms. Kawano later. :D

Thats so awesome!! ::show other employees::


Thanks Mari :)

Dave Martell
10-04-2012, 12:52 PM
Here we have a conversion from a stock Carter Fukugozai muteki style two rivet partial tang to a hidden tang custom western handle. The owner said to use a blue bolster and dark wood handle and let me run with it from there.

I chose redwood burl for the main handle and a dyed blue redwood for the bolster. The red redwood came from Stefan Keller and the blue dyed came from Burl Source.

I moved the handle forward about 1/4" towrads the blade because it sat IMO too far back and looked goofy with my wood installed.

I have to admit that this wasn't the easiest or best that I've ever done and this is in great part due to the partial mini tang that I had to work with. But I do think that in the end the results should work well. I hope the owner likes it though. :)

daveb
10-04-2012, 01:16 PM
This owner likes it - a lot. Ya done good.

Dave Martell
10-04-2012, 01:43 PM
This owner likes it - a lot. Ya done good.

:happy1:

markenki
10-04-2012, 02:47 PM
Looks great! I would have asked for a black ferule, but that's just personal taste.

Burl Source
10-04-2012, 03:34 PM
Looks Great Dave!
I really like your western hidden tang style handle.
Look forward to seeing more handles like this.
Maybe something red & black on a gyuto.

Johnny.B.Good
10-04-2012, 04:00 PM
I have to say, I really like the dyed blue bolster.

Nice work, Dave.

SpikeC
10-04-2012, 05:57 PM
It really works!

Toriss
10-05-2012, 10:58 AM
Yeah it really works

Dave Martell
10-11-2012, 12:49 AM
I finished this one up today, it's for a breast cancer charity auction that's being held at Badger & Blade in few days time. Jon & Sara donated the knife and I did the rehandle and sharpening.

The knife is a 180mm Gahoujin stainless santoku, the scales are English Sycamore, we used pink G10 liners, and mosaic pins.

I like this little knife and I can see this being a good choice for some folks. Here's how it came to me from Jon....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010001-35.jpg



Here it is after rehandling....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010004-27.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010008-24.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010012-12.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010023-7.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010028-3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010031-5.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010003-33.jpg

sachem allison
10-11-2012, 01:02 AM
very nice Dave!

markenki
10-11-2012, 01:38 AM
Looks great! The pink lingers are a nice touch. Kudos to you and Jon and Sara for the charitable work.

Johnny.B.Good
10-11-2012, 02:00 AM
Nice collaboration for a good cause.

Pretty handle, Dave.

Dave Martell
10-11-2012, 02:42 AM
I neglected to mention that Jim is the force behind us contributing. He's the admin over at B&B and plays a big role in putting on this auction. He got Jon and I together on this - kudos to Jim! :)

Burl Source
10-11-2012, 01:24 PM
Beautiful work Dave.
Very nice and clean.

Dave Martell
10-11-2012, 01:33 PM
Thanks Mark. Oh and that wood is from you. :)

kalaeb
10-11-2012, 02:44 PM
Good job guys!

Burl Source
10-11-2012, 08:18 PM
I am not sure if these guys are noticing your eye for detail on this handle.
It is shaped and finished nicely.
But what may have been overlooked is that the grain on the spine and sides follow the profile of the handle perfectly.

Dave Martell
10-11-2012, 09:59 PM
I am not sure if these guys are noticing your eye for detail on this handle.
It is shaped and finished nicely.
But what may have been overlooked is that the grain on the spine and sides follow the profile of the handle perfectly.


Ehhh....dumb luck :D

Dave Martell
10-20-2012, 03:55 PM
This knife is being auctioned off right now at Badger & Blade. 100% of all money raised is donated directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. See http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/313306-Custom-re-handled-Japanese-Kitchen-Knife-Lot-47?p=4508360#post4508360 to place a bid. http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/images/blank.gif
:thumbsup:



I finished this one up today, it's for a breast cancer charity auction that's being held at Badger & Blade in few days time. Jon & Sara donated the knife and I did the rehandle and sharpening.

The knife is a 180mm Gahoujin stainless santoku, the scales are English Sycamore, we used pink G10 liners, and mosaic pins.

I like this little knife and I can see this being a good choice for some folks. Here's how it came to me from Jon....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010001-35.jpg



Here it is after rehandling....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010004-27.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010008-24.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010012-12.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010023-7.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010028-3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010031-5.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010003-33.jpg

Dave Martell
11-03-2012, 12:35 PM
Hiromoto AS 240mm gyuto in ironwood

Click HERE (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/9098-For-Sale-One-of-a-Kind-Hiro-AS-Gyuto?p=154264&viewfull=1#post154264) for more pictures and details

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=11082&d=1351956682 (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/9098-For-Sale-One-of-a-Kind-Hiro-AS-Gyuto?p=154264&viewfull=1#post154264)

RobinW
11-07-2012, 03:53 AM
The pink liners is a nice touch. gorgeous knife by the way!

daddy yo yo
11-30-2012, 04:26 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010004-13.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010005-22.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010011-8.jpgi quickly quote some pics from page 2: what knife is the one with the damascus pattern?

Dave Martell
11-30-2012, 05:13 PM
I'm sorry but I can't recall. :(

Dave Martell
02-12-2013, 06:02 PM
Here's an older Tojiro sujihiki with new dyed maple (I think?) scales. It also has nickel silver pins & G10 liners. This job was a bear - one of the trickiest fit ups that I've been faced with and that's all because of weld blobs behind the bolster which the factory ground all wonky making nothing square. I did my best but there's little issues that can be seen in hand up close, and nah I'm not going to point them out. :D

BTW - this knife has been in the shop (in the que) waiting to be worked on since May 2012!! This might help explain where your knife is if it's here waiting. I'm getting to it - I promise. :)

Burl Source
02-12-2013, 06:18 PM
Very nice work Dave!
The knife looks great.

eto
02-12-2013, 07:32 PM
Thanks Dave it looks awesome can't wait to use it again.

kalaeb
02-12-2013, 08:20 PM
Good to see some pics getting back up. Looks great!

K-Fed
02-13-2013, 12:49 PM
+1

Dave Martell
02-13-2013, 04:48 PM
Thanks guys, more coming soon. :)

ThEoRy
02-13-2013, 04:58 PM
Looks like you found your groove??

Dave Martell
02-13-2013, 07:03 PM
LOL :D

knyfeknerd
02-13-2013, 07:10 PM
Sweet Dave, keep em' comin'.

Burl Source
02-13-2013, 10:22 PM
I agree.
It is fun to see the handle / make overs you do.

SlapChop
02-14-2013, 02:22 AM
Addicted to this thread!

TamanegiKin
02-14-2013, 05:01 AM
Awesome, looking forward to seeing this next round of western rehandles.

Dave Martell
02-18-2013, 03:47 PM
Here's an Artisan 240mm gyuto that came in for the full spa treatment. The scratches in the blade were cleaned up, spine & choil rounded, and a new ironwood burl handle with red liners & copper pins installed.

Doesn't ironwood photograph well? :)

apicius9
02-18-2013, 04:08 PM
Very nice looking knife!

Stefan

K-Fed
02-18-2013, 04:33 PM
Very nice looking knife!

Stefan
Indeed

unkajonet
02-18-2013, 05:37 PM
Beauty!

ThEoRy
02-18-2013, 06:13 PM
That's some killer ironwood!

Burl Source
02-18-2013, 08:11 PM
WOW! Great work Dave.

knyfeknerd
02-18-2013, 08:26 PM
Sweet Holy Moses!

jayhay
02-19-2013, 01:44 PM
Yeah, that's a real stunner there :) Love the ironwood, and looks great in the photos. I wonder why we don't hear more about those Artisans, looks like a great blade for the $.

The BoardSMITH
02-19-2013, 06:49 PM
I am really looking forward to getting my knife back and since Dave has performed his magic on it, I'll bet it cuts better than it ever did.

Dave Martell
02-20-2013, 03:19 PM
Here's Erik's Misono Dragon with it's new killer koa scales. This wood is something else, simply can't be photographed to show anything like it looks in person. The wood came from our own Burl Source. Black G10 liners & nickel silver pins used.

I'll tell you another thing, this guy knows how to sharpen, I had a couple of near misses with the edge on this thing - yikes! :)

ThEoRy
02-20-2013, 05:00 PM
The DRAGON!!!

TamanegiKin
02-20-2013, 06:22 PM
Yes! That looks freakin' awesome.
I'm really stoked to see it in person and bringing it back into the rotation.
Thanks so much Dave

Twistington
02-20-2013, 07:18 PM
That Ironwood... :bigeek:

K-Fed
02-21-2013, 12:56 PM
Nice. Can't wait to see mine all dolled up with its new koa dress. Looks amazing.

Dave Martell
02-21-2013, 01:46 PM
Nice. Can't wait to see mine all dolled up with its new koa dress. Looks amazing.

It won't be too much longer. :wink:

The BoardSMITH
02-22-2013, 10:50 AM
I just picked my Artisan up at the post office this morning. To say stunning is an understatement!. The finish is now better than ever, the spine is softer and easier on the hands and the sharpness is something I had almost forgotten about. And the handle, superb! From a woodworkers eye I can say the work is excellent, I love the colors of the iron wood, the red liner is understated and works well with the colors in the new handle! Thanks Dave.

And my wife has no excuse for mistaking this knife for any of the other beaters we have in the kitchen.

Dave Martell
02-22-2013, 02:37 PM
I just picked my Artisan up at the post office this morning. To say stunning is an understatement!. The finish is now better than ever, the spine is softer and easier on the hands and the sharpness is something I had almost forgotten about. And the handle, superb! From a woodworkers eye I can say the work is excellent, I love the colors of the iron wood, the red liner is understated and works well with the colors in the new handle! Thanks Dave.

And my wife has no excuse for mistaking this knife for any of the other beaters we have in the kitchen.



I have to admit that it was a bit nerve racking doing woodworking for a woodworker and also to make it as nice as the board you made for me was the challenge. You did a stunning job on that board and all I could do was try to do my best and get close with your rehandle. I'm glad that you like it and hope it serves you for many years to come. :)

Dave Martell
02-22-2013, 05:16 PM
So I'm finally working my way into August's backlog - woohoo!! :bliss:

Here is the first of three that I'm doing for Sean. The wood is some crazy old growth redwood that he scored directly from Stefan. Looks more like tartan log or something nutty like that. :D

These knives are (ahem - paying a compliment here) "rough at best" and rehandling them is at least twice as challenging as anything else out there. I give the maker low marks for this particular one. The rehandle really changes it sooooo much though - it's crazy the difference.

Well the lighting is bad today but I managed to get a few Ok shots....

kalaeb
02-22-2013, 07:23 PM
Yeah buddy, now your cranking! Keep em comming. Is that a fujiwara?

Von blewitt
02-22-2013, 07:40 PM
Great work Dave!

ThEoRy
02-22-2013, 09:09 PM
Every post Dave makes here brings me one step closer to my Martell Wa-gyuto. :D

heldentenor
02-22-2013, 10:23 PM
Every post Dave makes here brings me one step closer to my Martell Wa-gyuto. :D

I read this thread with the exact same perspective.:knife:

turbochef422
02-22-2013, 11:03 PM
I'm glad you have my suji because I just moved and don't have any money to buy new stuff so when it comes it will be like Christmas.

echerub
02-22-2013, 11:17 PM
Good lookin' work!

Yeah, with that choil notch I think it's it's a Fujiwara Teruyasu.

apicius9
02-22-2013, 11:20 PM
Nice one, Dave, I like how that redwood came out. Looking forward to seeing the other two for Sean...

Stefan

Dave Martell
02-22-2013, 11:21 PM
Is that a fujiwara?


Fukiwara Denka no Hoto

Dave Martell
02-22-2013, 11:21 PM
Every post Dave makes here brings me one step closer to my Martell Wa-gyuto. :D


:doublethumbsup:

Dave Martell
02-24-2013, 05:30 PM
Here is Sean's 2nd rehandle on an (unknown maker's suji - it's very hard to see the mark) done with spalted (coarkboard?) wood.

BTW - this is officially the last heavily spalted block of wood that I'll ever use on a western handle. It saddens me not be able to provide top quality simply because the wood is inferior. No close-up photos on this handle. :(

ThEoRy
02-24-2013, 07:55 PM
Looks good from here. Was this wood not stabilized?

Dave Martell
02-24-2013, 09:13 PM
Looks good from here. Was this wood not stabilized?


Yeah it was and I gave it a good CA glue stabilization too. :D

cclin
02-24-2013, 10:20 PM
Dammn...I think this is Yoshikan western handle black Damascus SLD suji!! very hard to find knife, I want one so bad!! nice handle match up the blade perfectly!!

Here is Sean's 2nd rehandle on an (unknown maker's suji - it's very hard to see the mark) done with spalted (coarkboard?) wood.

BTW - this is officially the last heavily spalted block of wood that I'll ever use on a western handle. It saddens me not be able to provide top quality simply because the wood is inferior. No close-up photos on this handle. :(

apicius9
02-24-2013, 10:25 PM
How do you always end up with the spongy wood, Dave? Looks good from a distance. Btw, what wood is it?

Stefan

Dave Martell
02-24-2013, 10:56 PM
Dammn...I think this is Yoshikan western handle black Damascus SLD suji!! very hard to find knife, I want one so bad!! nice handle match up the blade perfectly!!

It's a bad ass knife for sure, whatever it is.

Dave Martell
02-24-2013, 10:56 PM
How do you always end up with the spongy wood, Dave? Looks good from a distance. Btw, what wood is it?

Stefan


I have no idea.

ThEoRy
02-24-2013, 11:07 PM
I have no idea.

Doesn't know knife...


Doesn't know wood...


Makes it bad-ass!!!

:knife::knife::knife:

Dave Martell
03-03-2013, 11:33 AM
I've used sycamore twice before and hated it enough to swear off ever trying it again. Lucretia purchased a block of sycamore from Mark at Burl Source as well as a rehandle coupon and asked if I'd give this wood a try and I (somewhat) reluctantly agreed. Well I'm here to admit that I'm glad that she asked because this block turned out to be terrific to work with and the end result speaks for itself. :)

Here is a Carter petty that has been converted from a ho wood wa to a hidden tang western using sycamore, African blackwood, and copper accents.

I'm tough to please but I like how this one turned out, hopefully Lucretia does too. :)

K-Fed
03-03-2013, 11:48 AM
va va voom. Nice work. looks spectacular

G-rat
03-03-2013, 12:14 PM
woah that is awesome.

don
03-03-2013, 12:24 PM
Beautiful, Dave.

Mike9
03-03-2013, 12:32 PM
That turned out really nice Dave - love the sycamore.

markenki
03-03-2013, 12:38 PM
Wow! That looks super!

Dave Martell
03-03-2013, 02:06 PM
Here's another Misono Dragon with koa scales. This one belongs to KFed, hope it suits you Kevin. :)

K-Fed
03-03-2013, 04:17 PM
Hot damn.

tgraypots
03-03-2013, 05:12 PM
the carter with sycamore is awesome.

markenki
03-03-2013, 06:32 PM
Sweet! Looking forward to more koa!

ThEoRy
03-03-2013, 07:45 PM
Those are pretty killer!

Lucretia
03-03-2013, 10:53 PM
:bliss::jumping3::jumping2:

That looks AMAZING!!!!

Burl Source
03-03-2013, 11:10 PM
Beautiful work Dave.
I really like the look of your hidden tang western handles.

Dave Martell
03-03-2013, 11:54 PM
Thanks for all the kind words. Many more to come! :)

sudsy9977
03-07-2013, 12:12 AM
Wow...I can't even imagine how good you'll be when u finally get to my knives!....ryan

K-Fed
03-08-2013, 12:51 AM
Just used the dragon for the first time since getting it back from its makeover firstly Dave, your work is stunning. There are no gaps, no high or low spots... Flawless fit and finish. Second, I remember why I love this knife so much. The profile is about as perfect as it gets in my opinion and I love how well the steel responds to stropping. Thanks dave for remembering that we talked about felt strops and sending me those scraps. I forgot all about it. Ill get it mounted up soon. Do need some diamon spray though ;-). All in all. If you read this and have a knife that needs re-handling I've got two examples of Dave's capability and I feel you would really be missing an opportunity to bring new life to an old love if you didn't send it to Dave. Over and out.

Dave Martell
03-08-2013, 02:19 PM
Just used the dragon for the first time since getting it back from its makeover firstly Dave, your work is stunning. There are no gaps, no high or low spots... Flawless fit and finish. Second, I remember why I love this knife so much. The profile is about as perfect as it gets in my opinion and I love how well the steel responds to stropping. Thanks dave for remembering that we talked about felt strops and sending me those scraps. I forgot all about it. Ill get it mounted up soon. Do need some diamon spray though ;-). All in all. If you read this and have a knife that needs re-handling I've got two examples of Dave's capability and I feel you would really be missing an opportunity to bring new life to an old love if you didn't send it to Dave. Over and out.


:hatsoff:

Twistington
04-29-2013, 07:05 AM
So I'm finally working my way into August's backlog - woohoo!! :bliss:

Here is the first of three that I'm doing for Sean. The wood is some crazy old growth redwood that he scored directly from Stefan. Looks more like tartan log or something nutty like that. :D

These knives are (ahem - paying a compliment here) "rough at best" and rehandling them is at least twice as challenging as anything else out there. I give the maker low marks for this particular one. The rehandle really changes it sooooo much though - it's crazy the difference.

Well the lighting is bad today but I managed to get a few Ok shots....

"rough at best" is really the nicest thing one can say about these... curse words was probably the only thing that left my mouth when working on a 300mm from the same series. Happy to see that you made it out alive aswell. :D

ruscal
04-29-2013, 01:02 PM
wowza. what an amazing thread.

outstanding work Dave :doublethumbsup:

Dave Martell
05-04-2013, 02:50 AM
Found on YouTube... :)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ96H8j3hXE

Drumjockey
05-09-2013, 03:07 AM
She's purty... I like that the guy is singing (sort-of) a little ditty in the background like he's just as happy as a bear in the honey:)

Dave Martell
05-09-2013, 03:10 PM
Here is Joe's 240mm Hiro AS gyuto with it's new dyed Oregon maple (wood from Burl Source) handle installed. Joe is a musician and asked that I include some brass so we went with brass liners, brass pins, with the middle pin showing a lucky 4 leaf clover. :)

I posted all of the pictures of this knife in the Hiromoto thread HERE (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/11803-Gallery-Hiromoto-AS-Full-Spa-Treatment?p=205904&viewfull=1#post205904) if you're interested.

Below are a few of the handle pics....

unkajonet
05-09-2013, 03:35 PM
I've missed the Dave pics!

Great work, as always, Dave!

Dave Martell
05-09-2013, 06:47 PM
Here's a Hiromoto AS gyuto that I thinned, etched, converted from full to hidden tang, and rehandled in straight grain ironwood.

You can see more pictures at my Hiromoto thread HERE (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/11803-Gallery-Hiromoto-AS-Full-Spa-Treatment?p=205968&viewfull=1#post205968)

joetbn
05-13-2013, 10:20 PM
Here is Joe's 240mm Hiro AS gyuto with it's new dyed Oregon maple (wood from Burl Source) handle installed. Joe is a musician and asked that I include some brass so we went with brass liners, brass pins, with the middle pin showing a lucky 4 leaf clover. :)

I posted all of the pictures of this knife in the Hiromoto thread HERE (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/11803-Gallery-Hiromoto-AS-Full-Spa-Treatment?p=205904&viewfull=1#post205904) if you're interested.

Below are a few of the handle pics....

Dave,

I love it! The only thing better than how this knife looks is how it feels. First the handle, wow, it's stunning. Exactly what I was hoping for, dark almost black wood, but when you look really close it has all kinds of beautiful tiny patterns and colors going on (big thanks to Burl Source too!) and the fit/finish is as closer to perfect than I thought natural wood could be. It just feels great in my hand. The pins, spacers, tang, scales, all feel like one seamless piece. Then the blade, well it was a pretty great blade to start with and I kept it pretty darned sharp, but it cuts better for sure. On some things it cuts dramatically better, it doesn't get wedged in potatoes anymore and food generally falls right off without sticking. The blade is super-sharp and very even feeling from tip to heel It still has a good amount of bite to it too, how high grit did you go? I'm guessing 5K then a strop or maybe 8K

Only bad thing is now I want a 270mm Suji to go with it and you can't get them anymore.

-Joe

Dave Martell
05-13-2013, 10:55 PM
Dave,

I love it! The only thing better than how this knife looks is how it feels. First the handle, wow, it's stunning. Exactly what I was hoping for, dark almost black wood, but when you look really close it has all kinds of beautiful tiny patterns and colors going on (big thanks to Burl Source too!) and the fit/finish is as closer to perfect than I thought natural wood could be. It just feels great in my hand. The pins, spacers, tang, scales, all feel like one seamless piece. Then the blade, well it was a pretty great blade to start with and I kept it pretty darned sharp, but it cuts better for sure. On some things it cuts dramatically better, it doesn't get wedged in potatoes anymore and food generally falls right off without sticking. The blade is super-sharp and very even feeling from tip to heel It still has a good amount of bite to it too, how high grit did you go? I'm guessing 5K then a strop or maybe 8K

Only bad thing is now I want a 270mm Suji to go with it and you can't get them anymore.

-Joe


Boy did I need to hear some good news right about now, perfect timing Joe, thanks! :)

I'm glad that you're digging the work and I hope that you enjoy the knife for a long time to come.


Dave


PS - the edge was first ground with a 120x belt.....I bet you didn;t expect to hear that, eh? :D

joetbn
05-13-2013, 10:59 PM
PS - the edge was first ground with a 120x belt.....I bet you didn;t expect to hear that, eh? :D[/QUOTE]

I figured you started around there, was curious how high you went. However you did it, it works great!

Dave Martell
05-13-2013, 11:14 PM
PS - the edge was first ground with a 120x belt.....I bet you didn;t expect to hear that, eh? :D

I figured you started around there, was curious how high you went. However you did it, it works great![/QUOTE]


Woops I read how low of a grit....doh

The correct answer you were after is 5k stone and then leather strop loaded with .25 mic diamond spray

Dave Martell
05-20-2013, 12:53 PM
Here is Mark's Tadatsuna cleaver converted from full tang (triple rivet) to a hidden tang single pin mosaic pin handled in Hawaiian Koa (from Burl Source).

We also moved the handle forward about 3/8" towards the blade to allow for a better purchase and mobility of the cleaver in use. I think the weight shift combined with the handle shift should make for a more nimble faster worker.

markenki
05-20-2013, 01:27 PM
Looks awesome, Dave! I love it. Can't wait to give it a spin. Thanks a lot!

Dave Martell
05-20-2013, 05:03 PM
Looks awesome, Dave! I love it. Can't wait to give it a spin. Thanks a lot!


:thumbsup:

Johnny.B.Good
05-20-2013, 05:25 PM
Didn't know you made cleaver handles, Dave.

Looks great!

Dave Martell
05-21-2013, 05:13 PM
This is Samit's Hiromoto "White Steel" gyuto (limited time produced knife from years ago) with it's new handle. The factory handle and bolster on these knives is pitiful in stock form. I began by tearing off the scales and giant ass bird's eye pins, cleaned up the tang (removed rust and pitting), installed new spalted two-toned maple (from Burl Source) along with black G10 liners & nickel silver pins, then shaped and rounded the sharp edges off of the bolster to make for a better feel in the hand, then it was spine & choil rounding, and finally sharpening. Aside from the patina the owner may not recognize this one. :)

markenki
05-21-2013, 06:05 PM
Looks great! I remember when those white steel gyutos were being sold. Cool knife.

stereo.pete
05-21-2013, 10:45 PM
Well played as always Dave!

Dave Martell
05-21-2013, 11:36 PM
Thanks Mark & Pete :)

Dave Martell
05-30-2013, 12:13 PM
Hiromoto 240mm gytuo with premium koa (supplied by Burl Source). Knife converted from full to hidden tang and blade thinned and etched (performance package).

See HERE (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/11803-Gallery-Hiromoto-AS-Full-Spa-Treatment?p=211944&viewfull=1#post211944) or click on the picture below for more details and many more pictures.

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=15685&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1369926453 (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/11803-Gallery-Hiromoto-AS-Full-Spa-Treatment?p=211944&viewfull=1#post211944)

K-Fed
05-30-2013, 12:19 PM
Looks great! I remember when those white steel gyutos were being sold. Cool knife.

Me too... almost bought one. Kinda wish I did, they still look great, especially with dave's new shoes.

samit
05-30-2013, 02:44 PM
i got lucky, I did not bite on the first 20 or so. Koki then got some returns because people were not happy with the handles. He discounted them again, with a zero return policy. That is when I made my move. Its been sitting for 3 years (with me). Bought it march of 2010, he sold the return 240mm for 90 + 7 shipping, the 300mm were 130 + 7. I was late and he did not have any more of the 300mm.

Dave Martell
05-30-2013, 04:41 PM
I wish that I'd have jumped in on those too. :(

ms4awd
06-08-2013, 03:24 PM
Hi Dave

R u accepting rehandling jobs atm? Pls pm me details if possible

Dave Martell
06-08-2013, 05:22 PM
Hi Dave

R u accepting rehandling jobs atm? Pls pm me details if possible


I have a rehandle wait list that's growing. I'm telling people 8-10 months wait but it could be longer. If you'd like to get on list just let me know.

Thanks for your inquiry!

Dave

ms4awd
06-08-2013, 11:57 PM
yes pls put me on the list, not in a hurry to get it done but would like to eventually.

Dave Martell
06-09-2013, 12:04 AM
yes pls put me on the list, not in a hurry to get it done but would like to eventually.


Great, you're on the list, thanks! :)

stopbarking
06-09-2013, 03:17 AM
Getting on the list gives you enough time to solve that pesky problem of getting a knife to re-handle.

Dave Martell
07-13-2013, 04:42 PM
Finally, I've finished the rehandle on Len's Tojiro DP garisuke! I've had this knife here so long that I think Len might have forgot what it looks like, I hope the the rehandle and spine/choil rounding serve to confuse his memory even more. :D

Len wanted a natural looking wood so we went with flamed maple from Burl Source with nickel silver pins.

Thanks for patience Len!

WildBoar
07-13-2013, 05:55 PM
Looks beautiful, Dave! Glad to see some more pics of your work.

ChuckTheButcher
07-13-2013, 06:43 PM
That's awesome. I didn't know this was even possible.

Dave Martell
07-14-2013, 08:31 PM
Thanks guys! :)