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Dave Martell
08-01-2013, 03:46 PM
Here we have Lucretia's Tanaka(?) 160mm petty that's been converted from wa to western.

The wood used is all from Burl Source, dyed blue Oregon Maple Burl with African Blackwood and a copper spacer added for some extra pizzazz. :)

Mucho Bocho
08-01-2013, 04:23 PM
Dave, Did you give it the Performance package? The Etching is just popping

SpikeC
08-01-2013, 04:23 PM
Ok, now THAT is a girls knife!

Burl Source
08-01-2013, 05:24 PM
WOW!!!

Lucretia
08-01-2013, 05:28 PM
It was a girl's knife before. But it was wearing Birkenstocks, and now it has on dancing shoes.


Looks great, Dave!

Oh, and it's a Yoshikane SLD.

Dave Martell
08-01-2013, 06:00 PM
Dave, Did you give it the Performance package? The Etching is just popping


Nope, that's factory finish right there.

Dave Martell
08-01-2013, 06:00 PM
Ok, now THAT is a girls knife!


:D

Dave Martell
08-03-2013, 02:26 PM
Here is Emanuel's honesuki dressed up in it's new buckeye burl (wood from BurlSource) handle with G10 liners and a single nickle silver pin.

Hey E, do you remember this knife? :D

unkajonet
08-03-2013, 02:29 PM
In the words of sarge from Aliens: "Absolutely BADA$$!!!!!"

Oh yes! It looks amazing!

Burl Source
08-03-2013, 02:29 PM
Beautiful work Dave

Dave Martell
08-08-2013, 03:22 PM
Here's an unknown suji with some unknown wood. :biggrin:

This one belongs to a friend of Rio.

mhlee
08-08-2013, 03:48 PM
Dave: That looks like a CarboNext.

That's some crazy looking wood. I would never use that out in the woods or camping. You'll never find it if you drop it.

Dave Martell
08-08-2013, 04:36 PM
I shot those pics outside, the wood coloring looks so much more green inside the shop, really weird stuff.


Thanks for the ID on the brand Michael.

apicius9
08-08-2013, 05:39 PM
Is that box elder burl? Looks funky, and the whole knife is a nice package.

Stefan

Dave Martell
08-08-2013, 05:55 PM
Is that box elder burl?


It does look like box elder but as you know I'm no wood expert.

ecchef
08-08-2013, 07:09 PM
My new favorite. :doublethumbsup:

stevenStefano
08-08-2013, 07:28 PM
That's the coolest looking wood on a handle I've ever seen

cookinstuff
08-09-2013, 03:10 AM
looks great Dave! kinda sad that wood didn't make it on a misono dragon, woulda been a nice pairing.

Dave Martell
08-09-2013, 03:05 PM
Thanks guys!

Dave Martell
10-19-2013, 12:37 PM
Midori Hamono santoku in premium koa wood obtained from Stefan Keller. The handle has been hand rubbed and oil finished, looks great in person and not so great in these pictures...unfortunately. The wood really has some incredible movement.

This knife is currently being auctioned off for The National Breast Cancer Foundation at Badger & Blade (http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/366923-26-B-amp-B-group-buy-Japanese-Knife-With-Custom-Handle-By-Dave-Martell?p=5504771#post5504771) :)

Paradox
10-19-2013, 03:23 PM
Here's an unknown suji with some unknown wood. :biggrin:

This one belongs to a friend of Rio.

I saw this knife for sale on eBay today. It's listed as a JCK Carbonext I think.

ecchef
10-19-2013, 06:30 PM
Couldn't find it.

Dave Martell
10-19-2013, 08:14 PM
Here's an unknown suji with some unknown wood. :biggrin:

This one belongs to a friend of Rio.


I saw this knife for sale on eBay today. It's listed as a JCK Carbonext I think.


Couldn't find it.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-knife-custom-sujihiki-slicer-sushi-JCK-kagayaki-carbonext-stainless-/261303660591?nma=true&si=r7SsclVTxkIoXYTmj%2BvrcRf6LE0%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

Paradox
10-20-2013, 01:29 AM
Couldn't find it.

I guess the sale ended after I saw it this morning I didn't notice at the time I looked at it that it was almost over by time. Dave linked the ended sale for it. It had been listed and unsold for $350 before the $300 listing that ended today too.

Dave Martell
01-27-2014, 12:35 PM
Click on the picture below for more detailed pics of this rehandle....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010013_zpsb3adcedd.jpg (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/16686-American-Cutlery-Co-Chicago-Refurb?p=278539&viewfull=1#post278539)

Dave Martell
01-29-2014, 01:54 PM
To see more pictures from this knife click on the picture below...


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010026_zps1ede5dc1.jpg (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/11803-Gallery-Hiromoto-AS-Full-Spa-Treatment?p=279146#post279146)

ecchef
01-30-2014, 04:06 AM
Sweet!

Dave Martell
03-26-2014, 02:53 PM
Here's a 240mm Hattori Gyuto with a new handle done in red (dyed) box elder burl.

*Note - In person the color is a red/purple and not pink as it looks in some of these pictures.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010005_zps62bcbbaf.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010002_zpsa15bd666.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010003_zps32635b23.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010013_zps06aca293.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010014_zps08486913.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010016_zpsf1fa0ebb.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010017_zps6656cddd.jpg

Dave Martell
03-26-2014, 02:58 PM
This is a 150mm Hattori Honesuki with a new purple (dyed) maple burl handle.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010021_zpsba331df3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010023_zps5b3986ba.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010024_zps2b34bd34.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010025_zps96058873.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010027_zps3e934512.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010029_zpsbe7de7d2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010026_zpsc4cd4858.jpg

Dave Martell
03-26-2014, 03:03 PM
Here we have a 80mm Misono Paring knife with a new brown (dyed) box elder burl handle. I believe that this is the smallest handle I've done yet. It came with two very large rivets in the handle which looked off balanced to me so I replaced them with three small diameter nickel silver pins.

*Note - Please excuse the dust, the wind was howling when I took the pictures and the dust couldn't be avoided.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010033_zps40c83aa1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010037_zps0621bb53.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010039_zps0f4f6c67.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010042_zpsd2c3aad5.jpg

Erilyn75
03-26-2014, 07:27 PM
Beautiful Dave, as always

Dave Martell
03-26-2014, 07:52 PM
Beautiful Dave, as always


Thank you Erica :)

ecchef
03-26-2014, 08:06 PM
Here's a 240mm Hattori Gyuto with a new handle done in red (dyed) box elder burl.

*Note - In person the color is a red/purple and not pink as it looks in some of these pictures.


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010005_zps62bcbbaf.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010002_zpsa15bd666.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010003_zps32635b23.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010013_zps06aca293.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010014_zps08486913.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010016_zpsf1fa0ebb.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010017_zps6656cddd.jpg

The more I see handles in this color range, the more I like them. Is that Stevens' wood?

Dave Martell
03-26-2014, 08:19 PM
The more I see handles in this color range, the more I like them. Is that Stevens' wood?


No it's from AZ Ironwood

WarrenB
03-27-2014, 06:27 AM
Here we have a 80mm Misono Paring knife with a new brown (dyed) box elder burl handle. I believe that this is the smallest handle I've done yet. It came with two very large rivets in the handle which looked off balanced to me so I replaced them with three small diameter nickel silver pins.

*Note - Please excuse the dust, the wind was howling when I took the pictures and the dust couldn't be avoided.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010033_zps40c83aa1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010037_zps0621bb53.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010039_zps0f4f6c67.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010042_zpsd2c3aad5.jpg

The depth of colour and polish on this one is amazing, almost looks like you could reach into the wood:)
The other 2 dyed ones look really good as well, especially the pink.... sorry purple/red one:biggrin:

rodneyat
03-27-2014, 08:36 AM
that Honesuki is awesome. Dyed maple is perfect. You get the look of a figured purpleheart but not all the other issues that come with purpleheart...Well, and maple is cheaper too. :)

ecchef
03-27-2014, 08:39 AM
Yeah, my one purpleheart is almost brown now. :(

rodneyat
03-27-2014, 08:43 AM
Yeah, my one purpleheart is almost brown now. :(

Exactly...purpleheart is very unpredictable. And yes, at it's worst, it turns brown. Sometimes you get lucky and it just becomes a very deep, dark purple over the years. But, you don't always get so lucky. Regardless, purpleheart will always change color in some way as it ages even with the best finishes on it.

OK, back to our regularly scheduled program. Looking forward to seeing more of Dave's work!

Dave Martell
04-23-2014, 04:44 PM
Here's a Hattori petty rehandled in dyed box elder burl.


http://www.kitchenknifefora.com/attachments/p1010007-jpg.1540/

http://www.kitchenknifefora.com/attachments/p1010010-jpg.1541/

http://www.kitchenknifefora.com/attachments/p1010015-jpg.1542/

http://www.kitchenknifefora.com/attachments/p1010017-jpg.1543/

ecchef
04-23-2014, 06:25 PM
The gloss finish you're getting these days is unbelievable!

Dave Martell
04-23-2014, 06:41 PM
The gloss finish you're getting these days is unbelievable!


Thanks Dave! The pictures look OK but trust me that in person the handles look so much better and the feel is smooth as silk. It's been awhile since I've been this happy with the results I'm getting so having you comment really makes my day. :)

What I'm doing is finishing the handles to a high gloss by hand and then applying a blend of polymerizing oils in several layers to get the look I'm after. This has taken me about 6 months worth of rehandle work to figure out and I'm just starting to get something I feel is good. I'm after a waterproof, durable, permanent finish.

There are some woods that this won't work on (like ironwood) so for that I use a non-drying oil satin finish instead. I may also chose not to go with the high shine on some other woods too (like thuya burl) and I'll either do the satin ironwood thing or a combo of the two. It comes down to sometimes some woods look better satin low gloss where others look good high gloss.

Dave Martell
01-01-2015, 02:46 PM
Just finished up on this wa to western conversion for Matus. Rosewood burl, African Blackwood, and copper accents.

ThEoRy
01-01-2015, 02:52 PM
Sick!!

Matus
01-01-2015, 03:02 PM
Dave, that is just ... wow! :bigeek: Thank you so much. I can not wait to see it in person! I hope my wife will like it too.

:thankyou333:

heldentenor
01-01-2015, 03:25 PM
Sweet!

Dave Martell
01-01-2015, 03:32 PM
Dave, that is just ... wow! :bigeek: Thank you so much. I can not wait to see it in person! I hope my wife will like it too.

:thankyou333:


That's all your design their Matus, you have good taste. :)

I'm glad you like it though, enjoy!

Dave Martell
01-01-2015, 03:33 PM
Sick!!


Sweet!


Thanks guys :)

Burl Source
01-01-2015, 04:20 PM
Beautiful handle Dave.
Congrats Matus. I am betting your Wife will love it.

Matus
01-01-2015, 04:30 PM
Mark, in the case that rosewood looks familiar - than you are indeed correct. It is one of the two absolutely stunning pieces I got from you few months back. I have one more that will be used on some very special knife one day.

Geo87
01-01-2015, 05:02 PM
Nice choice of wood. Looks fantastic!

Mucho Bocho
01-02-2015, 10:43 AM
DYNOMITE DAVID

Dave Martell
01-02-2015, 03:26 PM
Thanks Dennis

mkriggen
01-02-2015, 03:47 PM
Nicely done indeed:doublethumbsup:

Dave Martell
01-02-2015, 08:59 PM
Thanks Mikey!

Erilyn75
01-06-2015, 05:10 AM
Beautiful work as always Dave!

This is one of my favorite threads on here. Just looking through the pages make me smile.

Dave Martell
01-06-2015, 04:48 PM
Thanks Erica :)

Dave Martell
05-26-2015, 04:35 PM
Hiromoto AS set. See the rest of the pics HERE (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/11803-Gallery-Hiromoto-AS-Full-Spa-Treatment?p=359737&viewfull=1#post359737)

http://cdn.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=27752&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1432671790

http://cdn.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=27757&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1432671875

Dave Martell
07-02-2015, 01:27 PM
Here's an Artisan gyuto that has been completely reworked. The blade was thinned & (per customer request) highly polished, the spine/choil/bolster were de-burred (man were they sharp) and rounded for comfort, and the handle was upgraded to maple burl with comfy contours. I doubt that the owner will recognize this knife as the one he sent in, it's that different now....and hopefully better too. :)

Dave Martell
08-19-2015, 01:46 PM
Fujiwara Teruyasu Denka in Ironwood Burl.....

Dave Martell
08-19-2015, 02:22 PM
I forgot to mention, the Fujiwara above was converted from full tang to hidden.

daddy yo yo
09-03-2015, 12:41 PM
Hiromoto AS set. See the rest of the pics HERE (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/11803-Gallery-Hiromoto-AS-Full-Spa-Treatment?p=359737&viewfull=1#post359737)

http://cdn.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=27752&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1432671790

http://cdn.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=27757&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1432671875you have no idea how beautiful these are when you hold them in your hands...

uhm... dave... you probably have an idea!

Dave Martell
09-03-2015, 01:23 PM
Manuel, you finally got your Hiros?

daddy yo yo
09-03-2015, 01:58 PM
Manuel, you finally got your Hiros?i had to wait until yesterday evening!!! do you think that was a long wait? i was totally calm and relaxed... :eyebrow: i catch myself fingering the 2 sweeties from time to time... :spiteful:

Dave Martell
09-03-2015, 02:43 PM
i had to wait until yesterday evening!!! do you think that was a long wait? i was totally calm and relaxed... :eyebrow: i catch myself fingering the 2 sweeties from time to time... :spiteful:


:doublethumbsup:

daddy yo yo
09-05-2015, 04:29 AM
seriously guys, if anyone out there is considering getting a job done by dave, stop thinking about it and do it! this guy's work is incredible!!! :ubersexy: it already looks gorgeous on the pics, but if you see it in person, this is just breathtaking! :2thumbsup:

dave, you are a master and your work is outstanding! :notworthy:

Dave Martell
09-05-2015, 09:33 AM
Thanks Manuel, you were a great customer to work with! :)

Dave Martell
11-20-2015, 12:32 PM
This is one of the nicest rehandles I've done. I wasn't sure how it was going to go initially tough, the knife presented some problems.

First off this is the first one of these knives that I've worked on besides sharpening so I didn't have any expectations. I quickly found out that the maker does a nice knife but crappy handle/tang/bolster..I'll explain in more detail later. Also, the wood used is something I never worked with before and was supplied by the customer from an unknown ebay source, and as a lot of you know - I'm not fond of any of that. :eyebrow:

So why is the handle/tang/bolster crappy? Well upon removal of the scales (which was quite the chore - unlike most Japanese knives) I found there to be paper liners glued in between the scales and tang and also the scales and bolster. I was puzzled by this as this isn't what is normally seen. Upon some inspection of the tang it became apparent that they had good reason to use these liners as they were being employed to fill in the gaps between the flat scales and W-a-V-y tang. Later on I found the bolster was also not square to the tang in any direction. :scratchhead:

I gave this some thought and then went to the customer with options on how to deal with the problems and fortunately he chose wisely and went with a hidden tang. :doublethumbsup:



I really like how this knife turned out as a package, I'd own this in a split second if possible, it's that nice. :ovg:


Takamura Uchigumo 240mm Gyuto in dyed Russian Karelian Birch with nickel silver & copper accents.....

Dave Martell
11-20-2015, 12:34 PM
Here's some more....

chiffonodd
11-20-2015, 02:53 PM
Here's some more....

Wow. Just wow.

antbanks
11-20-2015, 03:05 PM
As much as I wanted to wait and be surprised when I got this back in the mail, I just had to come and take a look. Dave, you have really outdone yourself on this one!!! So happy we went the route we did, and that wood turned out as nice or nicer than I had hoped for. Great work Dave, as usual.

For those of you out there that have never used Dave's services, his work is impeccable and he really cares about the end result and pays attention to all the details. He has done a lot of work for me over the years and it has always exceeded my expectations. If you ever need any work done on your knives, Dave is your guy and I promise you will NOT be disappointed!!!

Thanks again, can't wait to get this one back!!
Anthony

tjangula
11-20-2015, 03:55 PM
Wow Dave, this looks great! I'm really looking forward to doing the Uchigumo set, just need that 270 sujihiki to be back in stock.

Dave Martell
11-20-2015, 04:07 PM
Wow. Just wow.

Thanks! :)




As much as I wanted to wait and be surprised when I got this back in the mail, I just had to come and take a look. Dave, you have really outdone yourself on this one!!! So happy we went the route we did, and that wood turned out as nice or nicer than I had hoped for. Great work Dave, as usual.

For those of you out there that have never used Dave's services, his work is impeccable and he really cares about the end result and pays attention to all the details. He has done a lot of work for me over the years and it has always exceeded my expectations. If you ever need any work done on your knives, Dave is your guy and I promise you will NOT be disappointed!!!

Thanks again, can't wait to get this one back!!
Anthony


I'm really happy to hear that you like it Anthony. I promise that you'll like it even more in person. :wink:





Wow Dave, this looks great! I'm really looking forward to doing the Uchigumo set, just need that 270 sujihiki to be back in stock.

We should talk about those tangs. :bigeek:

Mucho Bocho
11-20-2015, 04:25 PM
Anthony good to know. I've got a Moritaka Nakiri that just has a couple of over grinds. Just a few on both sides of the face and maybe one or two on the spine. Was thinking of asking Dave to make me an iron wood handle too.

Dave Martell
11-20-2015, 04:46 PM
Anthony good to know. I've got a Moritaka Nakiri that just has a couple of over grinds. Just a few on both sides of the face and maybe one or two on the spine. Was thinking of asking Dave to make me an iron wood handle too.



Dennis you troublemaker! :bat: :D

tjangula
11-20-2015, 06:10 PM
We should talk about those tangs. :bigeek:

Yes I was thinking that as well after reading the post too, I think we have some time though as there's still no ETA for that 270 suji. I actually really like how the hidden tang turned out

ecchef
11-21-2015, 07:41 AM
So what's the verdict on this wood Dave? Looks super crackalicious, but damn...it sure is purdy!

Dave Martell
11-21-2015, 10:40 AM
So what's the verdict on this wood Dave? Looks super crackalicious, but damn...it sure is purdy!


It's voidalicious for sure, good stabilization required.

Dave Martell
12-06-2015, 03:16 PM
Here's a couple of good looking Hiromotos destined for Christmas presents. One is AS (that I thinned & etched) and the other is damascus. Both handles are done in dyed box elder burl.

tjangula
12-06-2015, 03:35 PM
Looks like someone is going to have a nice present under the tree, that box elder is a nice looking wood.

Matus
12-06-2015, 04:10 PM
Stunning work Dave. I need to get a knife with western handle so that I can have it re-handled by you :)

buckeye
12-06-2015, 07:28 PM
Amazing what was hidden inside those two blocks of wood. You certainly have the talent to turn a couple pieces of tree trunk into works of art. Thanks! Just in time for Christmas. Someday we will get that sharpening lesson done.

Dave Martell
12-06-2015, 08:50 PM
Looks like someone is going to have a nice present under the tree, that box elder is a nice looking wood.


Stunning work Dave. I need to get a knife with western handle so that I can have it re-handled by you :)


Thanks guys. :)

Dave Martell
12-06-2015, 08:51 PM
Amazing what was hidden inside those two blocks of wood. You certainly have the talent to turn a couple pieces of tree trunk into works of art. Thanks! Just in time for Christmas. Someday we will get that sharpening lesson done.


I'm glad that you like them Bill!

Yeah we'll get that sharpening lesson done someday for sure.

buckeye
12-06-2015, 10:19 PM
"check's in the mail"

Dave Martell
03-26-2016, 02:53 PM
Check out the full details of this project by clicking on the picture...

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=31317&d=1459017654 (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/26730-Glestain-Full-Spa-Treatment?p=407599&viewfull=1#post407599)

DanHumphrey
04-16-2016, 06:36 PM
What's the current waiting list on this, Dave? I should probably get on the list. At least once, if not more...

Dave Martell
04-18-2016, 02:04 PM
What's the current waiting list on this, Dave? I should probably get on the list. At least once, if not more...


Hi Dan,
I currently have about 6 months worth of rehandle work in the shop and then there's the list......so I'm not sure that I could even guess the length of wait time. :(

Thanks for your interest though, I'd still love to have you on the list if you can wait.

Dave

Dave Martell
04-18-2016, 02:08 PM
This customer commissioned me to convert his Forgecraft to hidden tang and then construct a western shaped handle with hooked type ass end. The wood is Oregon maple burl from Burl Source.

G-rat
04-18-2016, 02:30 PM
Dave that's so beautiful!!! Thank you!

lifeis11
04-18-2016, 02:35 PM
wow thats gorgeous dave

tjangula
04-18-2016, 06:41 PM
I'm liking the natural colored maple burl!

Bill13
04-18-2016, 07:00 PM
That handle is outstanding! Freaking amazing!!

Dave Martell
04-21-2016, 04:34 PM
Kramer Zwilling Rehandle (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/27046-Kramer-Zwilling-Rehandle?p=412296&viewfull=1#post412296)

Click on the picture below to see more pics and for build details....


http://cdn.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=31568&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1461270518 (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/27046-Kramer-Zwilling-Rehandle?p=412296&viewfull=1#post412296)

Dave Martell
05-10-2016, 01:02 PM
Vintage Forgecraft Chef's Knife - Blade thinned, spine/choil rounded, tang converted to the hidden style, and a new handle created.

The handle was made a bit oversize in length to accommodate the customer's tastes. He selected ironwood as the main material & ancient bog oak for the ferrule. I think this works good on this knife.

It will be showing at ECG 2016 :)

Bill13
05-10-2016, 01:25 PM
Wow:bliss::bliss::bliss:

Looks awesome Dave!

I bought two Forgies off eBay, sent them both to Dave and let him pick the better one. The handle is a little fatter because I prefer big handles and I liked, no really liked, the Zwilling Dave had just done, although Dave has had the knife and some of the handle material for more than a few months. It just took me awhile to get to the front of the line, and to finalize the handle design.

Can't wait to see it in person!

Dave Martell
05-10-2016, 03:58 PM
I'm glad that you like the looks Bill. I think it'll be a good performer too. Enjoy!!

MontezumaBoy
05-10-2016, 04:11 PM
Beautiful work Dave! Love that forgie ala DM!

ash987
05-10-2016, 04:27 PM
That looks fantastic. I am planning on working over a few of these soon with a wa-handle conversion. Might have to move this up the priority list now that I see how good they can look. You don't happen to have any insights or things to watch for with them do you Dave?

Mucho Bocho
05-10-2016, 05:36 PM
The Forgecraft rehandle has a retro-look to it. Modern but classic at the same time. Beautiful work Dave. Can't wait to give it a spin at the ECG.

Dave Martell
05-10-2016, 08:38 PM
Thanks gents!

Dave Martell
05-10-2016, 08:42 PM
I am planning on working over a few of these soon with a wa-handle conversion. Might have to move this up the priority list now that I see how good they can look. You don't happen to have any insights or things to watch for with them do you Dave?


The profile. Look at the flat area in front of the heal for overzealous sharpening. These knives come almost too flat as it is and then too much of the wrong type of sharpening easily makes the profiles out of whack. I have to fix greater than 95% of them so expect this, just try to find one not too greatly affected so you don't have too much profile adjustment/repair to worry about.

And the same warning about over sharpening applies in general, too much and it'll be very thick. These aren't super thin to start with.

tjangula
05-10-2016, 10:24 PM
I really like the combo of ironwood and bog oak, the way the light hits the ironwood just makes it glow in the third picture. Is the bog oak ferrule something new, not sure I've seen it in your gallery before. Looks great regardless.

rogue108
05-11-2016, 05:19 AM
Wow...Wow. It looks like the bog oak and the Ironwood are just one piece. When I look at that Forgecraft it's reminiscent of a restored antique.

ecchef
05-11-2016, 05:49 AM
Man, I love the Forgies you rebuilt for me, but this may be the best one you've done yet.
You're the undisputed Master of hidden tang Westerns!

jessf
05-11-2016, 07:26 AM
Yeah that forgecraft handle really works. I like how the bog oak colour blends into the dark colours of the ironwood.

Dave Martell
05-11-2016, 09:00 AM
You guys are too kind. :)

Dave Martell
05-11-2016, 10:33 AM
I really like the combo of ironwood and bog oak, the way the light hits the ironwood just makes it glow in the third picture.


It looks like the bog oak and the Ironwood are just one piece.


I like how the bog oak colour blends into the dark colours of the ironwood.


That's all Bill's credit, he came up with the design.




Is the bog oak ferrule something new, not sure I've seen it in your gallery before.

Bill sent me this piece to use. It's the first time I've used this material.

Bill13
05-11-2016, 10:52 AM
The bog oak and the ironwood were pieces I bought from Mike Henry when he had his going out of business sale. Years later they are finally being put to use;).

tjangula
05-11-2016, 12:19 PM
Bill sent me this piece to use. It's the first time I've used this material.
Turned out real nice I think, well done :thumbsup:

Dave Martell
06-04-2016, 12:24 PM
Here's a pair of knives rehandled in Leopardwood (from DreamBurls)...

Dave Martell
06-07-2016, 07:03 PM
Yoshihiro Blue Steel Gyuto

1. Converted to western (from wa)

2. Choil notched for finger groove

3. Spine/choil rounded/polished

4. Handle wood is amboyna burl. Ferrule is African blackwood. Spacers are copper/G10

:)

Godslayer
06-07-2016, 07:06 PM
That is defiantly one of your better pieces. That Burl <3 it's magnificent and the simple blackwood really brings it all together.

Dave Martell
06-07-2016, 07:10 PM
Thanks Evan, I like it too.

tjangula
06-07-2016, 07:30 PM
I like amboyna as well, especially the multi-toned stuff :cool2:
The tri-spacer (copper/G20/copper) looks really good, may have to consider
Oh, I have some wood that may be shipping shorty (just a heads up :))

Dave Martell
06-07-2016, 11:17 PM
More wood coming Tanner? So you like the copper spacers, eh? ;)

tjangula
06-07-2016, 11:27 PM
More wood coming Tanner? So you like the copper spacers, eh? ;)

I almost forgot about the blocks of HRB I bought and asked Mark to hold on to, if we don't use them we could just send up to Canada once we're done. I also need to connect with Stefan about a larger block (EDIT - of koa) too. Wood is so addictive lol.

I really liked the cooper spacer as an accent with the rehandle you did for Anthony, and the black of the G10 (no idea why I called it G20 before lol) on this one really adds a nice aesthetic touch.

Still working on some notes but I figure I may as well get the HRB on its way shortly :running:

Dave Martell
06-08-2016, 02:22 PM
This knife came in with a real fancy (maybe a bit too fancy) mother of pearl handle. I was tasked to replace it with wood, something "striped" & "sturdy". I went with a premium block of koa and used mosaic pins to add a little flair back in to match the blade.

I LOVE working with koa, it's a great wood to shape and the results are stunning but damn does it take a miracle to capture the beauty within a picture. A video would be better suited to show off this wood as it's got great 3-D movement and such depth. I'm 100% certain that the owner is going to see the difference when he gets this back in his hands. :cool2:

Dave Martell
06-08-2016, 02:33 PM
This knife was not only rehandled it was thinned & etched too! :)
*Note - this knife was super thick on the left side only, the right had almost no cladding on it down at the edge...go figure!?

The handle is green dyed box elder burl with nickel silver pins.

Hiromotos always look good in green, no? :dontknow: :wink:

tjangula
06-08-2016, 06:33 PM
Lots of eye candy showing up here recently!! Is that dark section on the koa some spalting? I like it!

Dave Martell
06-08-2016, 06:36 PM
Lots of eye candy showing up here recently!! Is that dark section on the koa some spalting? I like it!


Yup, Davey has been a busy boy and yup that's some spalting (I think). It wasn't on the outside of the block, came as a big surprise as I was shaping.

Von blewitt
06-08-2016, 06:47 PM
They all look stunning Dave! You certainly are on a roll.
The Hiro makes me wish I sent you some died burl :spin chair:

Dave Martell
06-08-2016, 07:01 PM
I wonder just how much wood and knives you own Huw. :D

Dave Martell
06-14-2016, 01:04 PM
Here's a couple of Hiromotos that came in to have koa handles made. The customer purchased some really nice wood, he went with two different grades here. Which one do you like more?

bkultra
06-14-2016, 01:41 PM
I once stated that the only western handle I cared for was made by Michael Rader... I stand corrected

Dave Martell
06-14-2016, 02:12 PM
I once stated that the only western handle I cared for was made by Michael Rader... I stand corrected


Now THAT is a compliment! Thank you :)

tjangula
06-14-2016, 02:12 PM
Which one do you like more?

They both look great, I almost thought the santoku was mango

Dave Martell
06-14-2016, 02:21 PM
They both look great, I almost thought the santoku was mango


It really does look like mango, doesn't it?

Johnny.B.Good
06-14-2016, 03:26 PM
I think I prefer the darker one because I prefer darker woods in general, but the figure on the lighter piece is much more noticeable (at least in the pictures), so it's a tough call.

Which is the higher grade piece?

Dave Martell
06-14-2016, 05:15 PM
I think I prefer the darker one because I prefer darker woods in general, but the figure on the lighter piece is much more noticeable (at least in the pictures), so it's a tough call.

Which is the higher grade piece?


The lighter handle was the higher grade block. It's got great figuring in all directions, super tight, for sure quality stuff. I prefer the darker though myself, it's just got character, suits my personal taste.

ecchef
06-14-2016, 07:12 PM
The dark one for sure.
Glad to see you're making progress!

tjangula
06-14-2016, 09:19 PM
It really does look like mango, doesn't it?

Ya man, it reminds me of the Suji you did awhile ago

dough
06-16-2016, 05:24 PM
they all look good but that Mr. Itou is such an improvement to me.
anyway keep on keepin on its good to see you pumping these out.

Bill13
06-17-2016, 10:20 AM
Both are great but this is one instance where I prefer the less expensive handle. Darker handle is more my style.

Godslayer
06-18-2016, 01:30 AM
I like the darker one to, but if these get darker with age(do they) i think the lighter one would age better. I do like some contrast in my handle materials, keeps me visually stimulated.

apicius9
06-18-2016, 07:10 AM
I like the darker one better also. Darker koa usually comes from an older tree or from a tree that grew at a higher altitude. Most likely also from the Big Island of Hawaii, koa from Maui or Oahu is often more on the lighter side. But, lf course, there are exceptions...

Only just saw the green one - does that glow in the dark? :wink:

Stefan

Dave Martell
06-18-2016, 03:47 PM
Both are great but this is one instance where I prefer the less expensive handle. Darker handle is more my style.


I like the darker one to, but if these get darker with age(do they) i think the lighter one would age better. I do like some contrast in my handle materials, keeps me visually stimulated.


It's funny how price point and grading don't always match people's tastes.




I like the darker one better also. Darker koa usually comes from an older tree or from a tree that grew at a higher altitude. Most likely also from the Big Island of Hawaii, koa from Maui or Oahu is often more on the lighter side. But, lf course, there are exceptions...

Thanks for the info Mr. Koa :wink: (yeah you are the expert here)



Only just saw the green one - does that glow in the dark? :wink:


Hell yeah! In fact, those pictures were shot at night time. :D

Dave Martell
07-06-2016, 01:53 PM
Here's a couple more rehandles freshly completed....


1. Teruyasu Fujiwara Santoku or Gyuto (?) - AZ Ironwood with copper/G10 spacers & a single copper/nickel silver mosaic pin

Converted from full tang to hidden tang, see THIS (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/27844-Poor-tang-amp-bolster-fit-and-what-this-means-when-re-handling-a-knife?p=424689&viewfull=1#post424689) for details.
The spine/choil were also rounded and smoothed out.



2. Gesshin Ginga Sujihiki - Black Ash Burl with nickel silver pins

Note how the tang is wider at the top of the handle than at the bottom, nice challenge. :)

Godslayer
07-06-2016, 03:36 PM
That fujiwara. The subtle details take it from high tier to god tier. I have one rehandled by adam marr and I thought that was epic but the spacers and little mosaic pin. Its like a hidden tang westren hattorichop, really epic.

Dave Martell
07-06-2016, 03:41 PM
That fujiwara. The subtle details take it from high tier to god tier. I have one rehandled by adam marr and I thought that was epic but the spacers and little mosaic pin. Its like a hidden tang westren hattorichop, really epic.


I'll take that! Thanks Evan :)

tjangula
07-07-2016, 09:58 PM
Haven't been online for a day or so and its always nice to see some new eye candy rehandles

ecchef
07-07-2016, 10:08 PM
Is you re-handle list re-opened yet? :)

Dave Martell
07-07-2016, 10:21 PM
Is you re-handle list re-opened yet? :)


Nope, but, if you have a rehandle coupon then it's always open. You just have to wait forever.....

It's getting better though, only maybe 1/2 a yrs worth of rehandle work still waiting here. :scared4:

Godslayer
07-07-2016, 10:39 PM
:( sometime next fall I want to get a damascus martell. I read somewhere long ago in a time long since forgotten there was a collaborative knife so awesome no one dares speak it's name. :viking: :knife: :pirate1: :knight: Probably ground like a takeda, you've fixed enough of them :wink:

ecchef
07-07-2016, 10:41 PM
[QUOTE=Dave Martell;426509]Nope, but, if you have a rehandle coupon then it's always open. You just have to wait forever..... QUOTE]

:fishslap:

ecchef
07-07-2016, 10:42 PM
:( sometime next fall I want to get a damascus martell. I read somewhere long ago in a time long since forgotten there was a collaborative knife so awesome no one dares speak it's name. :viking: :knife: :pirate1: :knight: Probably ground like a takeda, you've fixed enough of them :wink:

I remember that knife. Group buy?

Godslayer
07-07-2016, 10:52 PM
I remember that knife. Group buy?

Went to jim http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/14793-Thomas-Keller-Jim-amp-Martell-A-KKF-Collaboration

I thought the owners name was austin. Oh well. Amazing looking blade. I presume a new one would be significantly better as Dave's made over 8 knives now.

Dave Martell
07-07-2016, 11:40 PM
Well there is a planned Martell set to be done in DT's bubble wrap and I even heard that mokume might get used too. :spiteful:

Godslayer
07-08-2016, 12:02 AM
Well there is a planned Martell set to be done in DT's bubble wrap and I even heard that mokume might get used too. :spiteful:

DT bubblewrap and raindrop are my favorite patterns from him. With a nice s grind and a fun profile we could really have something there :p I saw some on cktg from randy and I almost bought it...... Jk still looked super nice though. If you have extra steel or want me to buy some if be game for spring. I'm cut off with knives until than. Limiting myself to one purchase per season.... Cause that'll last lol. Is the heat treat gonna be by hoss like last time? I kind of like the idea of that pass around. He did for aebl what ed Fowler/david lisch(hope I got those names right) did for 52100. Made it a real steel. Also pics when it goes down.

Dave Martell
07-08-2016, 01:16 AM
I insist on Devin doing the heat treat on his steel.

Dave Martell
07-25-2016, 01:46 PM
Today I bring you a rare older knife that belongs to my friend Ryan who's been waiting for a very long time to get this re-handled. The knife is a Hiromoto (solid) White #1 (?) that was made for a short run way back in the early KF days after being found by the maker after many years of them being long forgotten about.

These knives came with an extremely blocky metal bolster and pakkawood handle with poor fit 'n finish. A lot of these knives were rehandled right away as a result and this particular one was no exception.

The original handle maker had removed the bolster (which was only tacked on) and obviously had issues with getting the blade cleaned up where the bolster had sat so the handle was installed far up onto the blade yet there was still some pretty decent grind marks present in the blade. He also used the full (and very poorly shaped/ground) tang which turned out to be a mistake as the scales pulled away from it over time.

After talking with Ryan about all this we decided to go with a hidden tang. This would allow the handle to be mounted back in a more traditional position and would also remove the misshapen tang from the equation completely. I took the liberty, while the handle was off, to refinish the blade, rounding the spine and choil while I was at it.

Ryan likes weird stuff so he went with a green dyed box elder burl and highly streaked honey horn for the ferrule.

I'm hoping that Ryan likes the new configuration because he's not one to hold back his opinions to me. LOL :D

What do you folks think of it?

tjangula
07-25-2016, 02:37 PM
Interesting story, a lot of history in this knife. I thought I had seen this one before, but it was an AS Santoku with a similar wood. The crazy dyed woods aren't my personal preference, but it still looks really nice.

Matus
07-25-2016, 03:17 PM
Dave, I love that handle - the blonde ferrule fits so well. I need such a handle on one of my knives :)

Dave Martell
07-25-2016, 03:23 PM
Thanks Tanner & Matus :)


@Matus, I love the look of this type of ferrule too but you should know how crackilicious this can be. What appears to be character is actually flaws. Seems like the best looking stuff is the worst quality.

Matus
07-25-2016, 05:00 PM
Dave, there always seems to be a catch - I am having a hard time not to parallel you last sentence on, ehm, ... you know ... ehm, can't really say that loud :D

Dave Martell
07-25-2016, 05:19 PM
Hahahahahaha....good one! :D

sudsy9977
07-25-2016, 07:38 PM
I'm withholding judgement till I see it in person....I haven't seen it in so long I'm not sure it's real...lol....I'm sure it'll be worth the wait....thanks for suffering through yet another project of mine....I always have the most jacked up knives to fix...lol...ryan

Dave Martell
07-25-2016, 07:49 PM
I'm withholding judgement till I see it in person....I haven't seen it in so long I'm not sure it's real...lol....I'm sure it'll be worth the wait....thanks for suffering through yet another project of mine....I always have the most jacked up knives to fix...lol...ryan


Yeah your knives are always projects but that's OK, good practice for me. :D

Thanks for being so patient all this time though. Now I just have to get to your Martell knives and all those other rehandles and then you'll be set. :biggrin:

sudsy9977
07-25-2016, 07:55 PM
Get to work baby!! Ryan

ecchef
07-25-2016, 10:05 PM
Yeah...finish up Ryan's stuff so I can send you a bunch of crap!

Somehow, you always manage to draw the best qualities out of the materials. I think it looks great.

Dave Martell
07-25-2016, 11:27 PM
Yeah...finish up Ryan's stuff so I can send you a bunch of crap!

Somehow, you always manage to draw the best qualities out of the materials. I think it looks great.

Thanks Dave!

BTW, you're another one who always challenges me. :D

ecchef
07-26-2016, 03:09 AM
:goodevil:

sudsy9977
07-29-2016, 10:13 AM
.
Today I bring you a rare older knife that belongs to my friend Ryan who's been waiting for a very long time to get this re-handled. The knife is a Hiromoto (solid) White #1 (?) that was made for a short run way back in the early KF days after being found by the maker after many years of them being long forgotten about.

These knives came with an extremely blocky metal bolster and pakkawood handle with poor fit 'n finish. A lot of these knives were rehandled right away as a result and this particular one was no exception.

The original handle maker had removed the bolster (which was only tacked on) and obviously had issues with getting the blade cleaned up where the bolster had sat so the handle was installed far up onto the blade yet there was still some pretty decent grind marks present in the blade. He also used the full (and very poorly shaped/ground) tang which turned out to be a mistake as the scales pulled away from it over time.

After talking with Ryan about all this we decided to go with a hidden tang. This would allow the handle to be mounted back in a more traditional position and would also remove the misshapen tang from the equation completely. I took the liberty, while the handle was off, to refinish the blade, rounding the spine and choil while I was at it.

Ryan likes weird stuff so he went with a green dyed box elder burl and highly streaked honey horn for the ferrule.

I'm hoping that Ryan likes the new configuration because he's not one to hold back his opinions to me. LOL :D

What do you folks think of it?


So first impressions of my knife....AWESOME!....dave has brought it back to life and then some....the color and figuring he was able to bring out in the wood is incredible in person....the buffalo horn looks so good with the color of the wood....and I actually asked dave what the spacer material was...it's not horn but looks so much like it you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference....
Sharpness....on a whole different level....dave's belt sharpening is beyond any freehand sharpening job I have ever seen ....it's really silly to even bother to try and get to that level sharpening by hand....just buy a grinder...lol....

The finish on the blade is awesome...I wish knives would come like this from the factory...so smooth and even....everything so rounded....it feels so good in your hand, I can't wait to use it this weekend....

I am even more excited to get the rest of my stuff back from Dave now....it's a good year for me!....thanks Dave for putting in so much hard work,thought, and time into my knife....it'll be with me till the end.....you know I was thinking this morning about all the knives I've had over the years....watanabe custom damascus, honyaki blades, cater custom damascus blades....and eevrything in between.....I've had more than I can remember.....they've all been sold.....I have this Hirimoto....a Carter paring knife....and soon I'll have a gyuto and slicer from Dave......tells you something about the quality of his work.....ryan




Thanks Dave....I owe ya one!

Dave Martell
07-29-2016, 10:49 AM
That's great to hear Ryan, put a smile on my face. :)

Dave Martell
08-13-2016, 03:52 PM
Yes folks this is a real deal super rare Hiromoto AS cleaver here! :spiteful:

I was charged with cleaning it up, rounding up the edges, sharpening, and making a new handle. This was first converted to hidden tang and then I followed the maker's handle shape for the profile going with some really nice afzelia lay burl and African blackwood for materials.

I'm 100% positive that in the future when you search Google for "bad ass cleaver" this is going to pop up on the first page. :D

Now to get it off to the new owner Lonnie and see what he thinks of it. :)

Mucho Bocho
08-13-2016, 05:00 PM
I'll speak for Lonnie, he's not going to like it so I'll just take it off his hands. You have my address. HA

Beautiful knife and hand work Dave. You've got this knife thingy going pretty good huh [emoji38]

tjangula
08-13-2016, 05:31 PM
Wow that handle is gorgeous! I like the darkness and randomness of the Xylay pattern in the wood.

I remember that knife too. Only 5 were ever made apparently and Koki had 4, the other was for a Japanese chef. The rehandle makes it extra special IMO. The term sellers remorse kinda comes to mind, but I'm glad that Lonnie will give it a good home

Dave Martell
08-13-2016, 10:52 PM
Thank you guys! :)

2010ZR1
08-15-2016, 01:46 PM
Looks fantastic. I am really looking forward to getting this one.

Dave Martell
08-15-2016, 03:11 PM
Looks fantastic. I am really looking forward to getting this one.


It'll be shipping out tomorrow, thanks Lonnie!

2010ZR1
08-18-2016, 02:23 PM
Pictures do not do justice to this. Stunning. Beautiful work Dave. There will be a few jealous chefs in the Napa Valley looking at this one.

Dave Martell
08-18-2016, 03:23 PM
Pictures do not do justice to this. Stunning. Beautiful work Dave. There will be a few jealous chefs in the Napa Valley looking at this one.


I guess you received the cleaver? :D

I'm glad that you like it Lonnie, that's what counts. Thanks again!

Johnny.B.Good
08-18-2016, 08:33 PM
That cleaver looks amazing.

Dave Martell
08-22-2016, 02:43 PM
Here's something you don't see everyday, well never actually, it's a new style Takeda gyuto that's been converted to a western handle. :cool2:

The wood used is untreated (unstabilized) rosewood burl paired with black buffalo horn. This is a rare case where I'll state that the pictures look better than real life does.

The wood, being extremely oily, would not take and hold onto any combination of oil (and even shellac as suggested by top woodworkers - to seal it) that I tried with it (and I tried dozens) so eventually I gave up and did what most knifemakers do and just buffed and waxed it. In person the color is a lot more brown (not very red at all like what the pictures show), the surface has high and low polished sections where the oil bleeds out at different rates, and is just not as (grain) filled as I normally do. If I could have got oil to stay put then I know the color would have been amazing but it wasn't to be. :bashhead:

You can likely tell that I'm not very happy with the results, I'm used to getting better, but I'm also not used to working with raw oily wood like this either so maybe some of the results can be contributed to myself. I think the handle is nice, is stable, and will serve the customer well however I dislike that the customer now has to deal with waxing his handle as upkeep and that the quality isn't what I usually provide. I will no longer use this wood unless stabilized (and well seasoned) and even then maybe not.

With all that said, I do appreciate the customer tasking me with (and supplying) this wood though as it gave me a chance to try it out and see what I could do with it, I just hope that he likes it. :wink:

Bill13
08-22-2016, 03:32 PM
I can see why the customer liked the wood the figuring is great. Maybe after a few months of use it will settle down?

tjangula
08-22-2016, 05:30 PM
I think it looks pretty good :thumbsup:

It's too bad HRB is one of those temperamental woods, because it's really beautiful especially if you like the "natural" look as I do (I say this having seen the "brown" look too).

That said, I still love me some wild koa and mango :D

Godslayer
08-22-2016, 08:04 PM
Honestly that's the sexiest takeda I've ever seen. ******* amazing. I almost cried when I saw it. Its good to see you and your nemisis takeda pull through. Kindof like a vegeta and goku fusion

Dave Martell
08-23-2016, 12:03 AM
Geez, you're too kind. Thanks gents! :)

Matus
08-23-2016, 08:27 AM
Dave, that rosewood burl handle looks fantastic on that Takeda.

What I really like about the rosewood burl is that it does not seem to darken or loose contrast over time. You did a handle for Yoshikane SLD petty for me about 2 years ago and it still looks as awesome as new. I have one more rosewood burl block that I keep for some special project :) I would not touch it with the level of my own handle making skills.