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icanhaschzbrgr
01-13-2014, 05:06 PM
YAWA stand for "Yet Another WA" and YAMAWAKU is an affordable 210mm V2 gyuto I got on Ebay.


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Figured Mapple from Burl Source (http://www.burlsource.us/servlet/the-Curly-Maple--dsh--Stabilized-Wood/Categories). Artificial light in my kitchen together with long focal length lens doesn't allow me taking detailed shots that would bring 3D wood figure, but this mapple is beautiful. Ask Mark if you don't trust me :)



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You may have noticed this handle is a bit too long for the knife. That's because it was supposed to replace stock handle on my 240 Kono, but I messed with hole size and it didn't fit. So it went to Yamawaku.



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Plain octagon shape doesn't felt right in my hand (at least those octagonal handles, that were made by me), so I tapered it closer to blade and rounded all edges. I think I stole this idea from mkriggen's handles :scratchhead:



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Used flash to show light reflections on the epoxy where tang enters handle. It's the cleanest tang hole I've made so far. Still far from perfection, but there's some progress. Without good drilling press a find making holes incredibly frustrating. Yet I'm afraid my wife might just drive me out of the house if I told her I need a big drilling press :biggrin:



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So after several failed handles in a row, here it is. Complete and mounted handle.

Btw I do like this Yamawaku knife. V2 core is very easy to sharpen and gets hair popping edge. It may not cut as well as Shigefusa, but when it's 4-x times cheaper, it's hard to complain. Since I got lucky with DT ITK knife, I'd probably need to sell this and Konosuke in the following months, but for now I'm just gonna enjoy it!
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xueqi89
01-13-2014, 05:28 PM
wow this knife look fanastic

mkriggen
01-13-2014, 05:37 PM
Looks outstanding Anton. Even more impressive is doing it without a drill press!

Be well,
Mikey

apicius9
01-13-2014, 05:43 PM
Excellent and clean work, I have no problem with the length of the handle either.

Stefan

Lefty
01-13-2014, 07:20 PM
Gorgeous!

greasedbullet
01-13-2014, 07:45 PM
Looks great. I like the triple spacer combo. What wood is the ferrule and end cap?

EdipisReks
01-13-2014, 07:54 PM
looks great!

Burl Source
01-13-2014, 07:56 PM
Dang Anton,
You are getting good at this.

mhenry
01-13-2014, 09:25 PM
Very nice, are you taking apprentices?

Dave Martell
01-13-2014, 10:44 PM
The wood looks as amazing as your finish work - good job!

scotchef38
01-14-2014, 01:58 AM
Really nice work.I like his knives too ,just finished rehandling a Nakiri and a Santoku by him.

apicius9
01-14-2014, 02:44 AM
Very nice, are you taking apprentices?

Hey Mike, I am looking for a helper for a couple of months ;)

Stefan

icanhaschzbrgr
01-14-2014, 04:27 AM
Looks great. I like the triple spacer combo. What wood is the ferrule and end cap?
Michael, ferrule and end cup are both made from ebony. They are unstabilized so I spent quite some time feeding them with oil and waxing pores.



Dang Anton,
You are getting good at this.
Thanks Mark! I need much more practice to be ready when your package woth Amboyna arrives!



Very nice, are you taking apprentices?
Mike have you ever been in Hawaii? I hope there's a place for 2 apprentices :)



Really nice work.I like his knives too ,just finished rehandling a Nakiri and a Santoku by him.
Please share some pictures! Also I'd be interested to hear to thick are his Nakiris behind the edge…


Thanks for you comments guys, really appreciate it!

apathetic
01-14-2014, 07:31 AM
It looks very cool, the longer handle gives it a more unique style.