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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"