View Full Version : Custom Saya Order List Now Is Opened

Marko Tsourkan
11-07-2013, 06:37 PM
In addition to offering leather sayas, I am opening order list for wooden sayas.

Currently I am running a special for wood sayas (as well at leather sayas) 15% off. This should cover return shipping cost - I will need the knives for fitting, to assure a precise fit.

Turnaround time - up to two weeks (or you get a free saya).

Email me for details.



11-07-2013, 07:58 PM
I'm in, but take your time. You have a shop to set up. I'll deliver the knife/ knives ASAP .

Marko Tsourkan
11-07-2013, 08:26 PM
15% specials extended to other woods, like ebony and cocobolo. These are priced higher than maple, walnut and poplar. A matching set - saya and handle is an option.

11-07-2013, 08:50 PM
Hmmm my Masamoto Honyaki could use a new handle and saya... Two weeks or it's free huh :D

Marko Tsourkan
11-07-2013, 09:52 PM
Hmmm my Masamoto Honyaki could use a new handle and saya... Two weeks or it's free huh :D
For a saya. For a set you will have to be add more time, say another week. I am going to close the saya list periodically (and reopen when orders are fulfilled), to make sure that I don't make free sayas. :D

I am only half-joking. From the day of the receipt, to the pictures posted.

11-07-2013, 09:57 PM
PM sent.

Marko Tsourkan
11-07-2013, 11:22 PM
Here are the rates before 15% discount
.37/mm - poplar
.50/mm - figured walnut, figured maple
$1/mm - ebony, cocobolo - (harder to carve, glue, and finish + cost of the materials)

11-10-2013, 09:30 AM
Email sent, attached it to my last order email. If you don't have it let me know I'll resend.

Marko Tsourkan
11-10-2013, 09:43 AM
Brian, please resend. Can't find it.

Marko Tsourkan
11-12-2013, 04:36 PM
Just to remind you folks that what was a half joke, is now a policy - if you don't get your saya made within a week, you get one for free.

Trying to up my game with deadlines the hard way.

Marko Tsourkan
11-15-2013, 09:43 AM
Received Butch's gyuto for a custom saya on 11/13.

Marko Tsourkan
11-19-2013, 04:51 PM
Still needs a couple of coats of finish, but other than that, it is done. The saya will darken over time, and will match better the handle.


Marko Tsourkan
11-19-2013, 04:53 PM
Next project - Masamoto Honyaki koa set.

11-19-2013, 09:09 PM

Marko Tsourkan
11-22-2013, 04:39 PM
This one is being shipped out today.



11-23-2013, 06:31 PM
Oh man! I sent it in because I just wanted something better than a makeshift cardboard cover. It looks GREAT!!!! Lovely work. Can't wait to see it in person. And it was way faster than I expected.

Many, many thanks.


JJ Lui
11-25-2013, 01:15 AM

This is the knife i'm looking for a saya:


Marko Tsourkan
02-05-2015, 11:16 PM
Hello folks,
I am going to open the list again, as I finally balanced my work load and can fit a few custom orders here and there.

The pricing will stay mainly unchanged (see my 2013 price list) but I will surcharge for sayas for single beveled knives in highly figured hardwoods like tiger maple, or koa. These are particularly hard to carve, and I do carving with chisels for exact fit.

Sayas are two-piece construction, with cavity carved in one of the sides. The saya is finished with oils and varnishes, to highlight the figure and to protect the wood. An ebony or cocobolo pin is included and extra pins can be purchased separately.

Handle/saya sets upgrades are available. Also, fancy sayas for yanagis (no pin, finger cutouts) can also be arranged. Also, a hand-painted lacquered sayas can be arranged. You name it, I will make it :)






Marko Tsourkan
02-23-2015, 03:44 PM

Marko Tsourkan
02-25-2015, 01:00 PM
Custom sayas for Catcheside and Harner (2). One more coat on the wood sayas, and can be shipped out to the customer. Leather, birdseye maple, and highly figured redwood.


02-25-2015, 01:15 PM
Very nice. Hope you'll be able to find wood to complement mine.

Marko Tsourkan
02-26-2015, 04:27 PM
Catcheside and Harners. Birdseye maple, highly figured redwood, leather.


Marko Tsourkan
03-27-2015, 01:59 PM
Old growth birdseye maple saya for 260mm Mario gyuto. Carved for a precise fit. $130.