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03-18-2014, 05:22 PM
This is a Takeda saya made out of some beautiful maple from our friend Mark Farley:



Let me know what you all think. :D

03-18-2014, 05:25 PM
What do I think? I think it ROCKS!:viking::headbang:

Be well,

03-18-2014, 05:28 PM
What do I think? I think it ROCKS!:viking::headbang:
No way! Such a soft color and texture. It's gonna be JAZZz!

03-18-2014, 05:46 PM
That cleaned up well...

Nice work, Tom

andre s
03-18-2014, 05:57 PM
That's nice!
good choice on the wood. such a simply shaped saya warrants that much (jazzy, to quote an expert) texture.
very cool
nice handle btw
ps may want to consider some kind of lining material next time. i'm thinking fur... :cold2:

03-19-2014, 12:41 AM
Really like it! Well done!

03-19-2014, 12:42 AM

03-19-2014, 12:48 AM
That's pretty damn nice!

03-19-2014, 02:40 AM

03-19-2014, 09:58 AM
Looks very good!!

03-19-2014, 10:01 AM
Thanks, guys! This one made me learn some great little tricks. I mod'ed my grinder to accept huge pieces, and it really made this work cleanly, evenly and quicker than I had imagined. Every now and then, you get little game changing moments in this "craft", and this one had two of them. The other involved my "Christmas Saw", but you'll see the fruits of that one soon. :) I'm really happy with how it all ended up.

03-19-2014, 10:44 AM
Looks great, Tom! Nice piece of wood as well as great craftmanship.

03-20-2014, 06:21 PM

03-20-2014, 06:40 PM
Really nice! Did you make the handle too? It also looks superb.

03-26-2014, 05:22 PM
My latest piece for a customer is rehandling a Hiromoto AS Gyuto any way I'd like. I borrowed inspiration from some mosaic pin stock I got from Michael Rader, randomly.



It still needs to be finished (pins brought flush), and polished, but I'm really liking this one!

03-26-2014, 05:34 PM
I really like it. Zebrawood?

- Steve

04-05-2014, 05:31 PM
My latest. This is a hidden tang western conversion for a Carter gyuto Murray just sent to me:


Still some work to do, but I'm loving this badboy!

04-06-2014, 11:16 PM
Almost done. I call this my "test finish". It lets me see what areas need further sanding, etc. As you can see, this one has turned out pretty well....

Let me know what you think, guys. :)


04-07-2014, 12:25 AM
Dang Tom, that looks awesome!! So much inspiration!

04-07-2014, 01:42 AM
Nice nice nice.....

04-12-2014, 12:21 PM
Tom that looks cool.

04-12-2014, 12:28 PM
Looking good Tom!

05-16-2014, 02:23 PM
Here's a fully custom 245mm Carter Gyuto that Murray and I did together. I knocked out the handle and saya for a great customer. The saya is solid walnut, courtesy of Mark Farley.



Thanks for looking!

Pensacola Tiger
05-16-2014, 02:26 PM
Beautiful knife, Tom!

05-16-2014, 02:30 PM
Wow, this is looking hot Tom!

05-16-2014, 02:56 PM
I love this style of shape and colors/wood combination! Beautifully made. And really nice photos btw

Burl Source
05-16-2014, 03:16 PM
Nice Work!

05-16-2014, 03:57 PM
what a combo! It's a good thing that carters are so difficult to track down, because this makes me want another.

05-16-2014, 11:35 PM
Thanks, guys! This was a real pet project for me, and best of all, I feel I've upped my game immensely, as a result!

05-17-2014, 05:33 AM
Beautiful work. Very classy....

05-17-2014, 10:49 AM
its always nice to see a carter that length. its even better to see you have done this to it.

05-17-2014, 11:59 AM
Absolutely love that handle!

08-05-2014, 04:32 PM
Guys, I've been busy with life (baby/wife/work/other fun stuff), but I have also been pumping out some cool stuff. Here's a peek at what I've been up to:





Thought you might wonder if I still do anything.... :D

Mucho Bocho
08-05-2014, 04:37 PM
Sweet Saya's Tom. So your making Saya's for Rulers there days. Getting ahead of the market huh?

Awesome, I could use a Saya for my iphone 5, or should I just wait until the 6 comes out?

08-05-2014, 05:10 PM
"Thought you might wonder if I still do anything"

What's the last one?

08-05-2014, 05:39 PM
"Thought you might wonder if I still do anything"

What's the last one?

The last one is a project that I'm still working on (finished up the handle this morning). It will have a matching saya, and be more or less cleaned up, with a proper polish on the blade road. Here's another pic:


I can't tell if the pics are fuzzy or not, but they shouldn't be. Meh.

Oh, and it's a vintage Masamoto Deba for my boy Jamie. I'll be doing a takobiki of his, as well, to match.

08-05-2014, 05:49 PM
Thanks. Really like the look as it is now (i.e., unpolished) and with that handle (though its shape makes me wonder how comfortable it is -- but you're the expert). Qhat I'd call somewhat rustic. If Jamie decides he doesn't like it, please ask him to send me a PM. (After Cohen also declines it, I suppose. :laugh: )

daddy yo yo
08-06-2014, 02:14 PM
what gyuto is this with this beautiful octagonal handle with blonde ferrule? like the sayas too! :D

08-07-2014, 01:03 AM
Tom, your saya skills have just jumped leaps and bounds over this short period of time! Great work my man! Just wish I could squeeze onto your waiting list...

09-30-2014, 02:25 PM
Sorry about the quality of this picture. The best I could do was a screenshot off my Instagram account. Damn technology!

Kochi, with McLean Custons Saya:


Thanks guys.

Pensacola Tiger
09-30-2014, 03:59 PM
Nice job, Tom! Is that walnut?

09-30-2014, 04:15 PM
Thanks, Rick! It's actually...poplar.... :D This is a new thing I'm trying out, and for less than a premium saya, guys can get a pretty similar look.

09-30-2014, 04:19 PM
Damn typos! McLean Customs....

10-01-2014, 12:53 AM
Poplar saya looks really cool, but it must have a nice coat of dark lacquer on top.

10-01-2014, 06:15 AM
Nice work Tom... I really like this one

11-21-2014, 09:47 PM
Another little update, for anyone who is curious/interested. :)

A couple weeks ago, I was the feature of a National (International, but Canadian-made) ad that will be airing on December 1st, on a television, or computer near you. Ketel One Vodka decided I was an interesting choice as one of five craftsmen for the "One Craft" campaign. It was an absolute honour, and a blast to shoot. They basically followed me around for the day as I made a saya, and made a handle for, and rehandled a Tanaka gyuto. I'm still shocked that they contacted me, then chose me, and I was absolutely humbled by the whole process.

Here are two "sneak peek" pictures of the ad, which will be hitting the air soon:


Here I am inspecting the grind work on the saya.


Fitting up the new handle on the Tanaka.

Also, I've been insanely busy with buying (and hopefully selling) our house(s). This means a brand new, designated workshop for McLean Customs, and a house to grow into with our growing family. We are sad to be leaving our wonderful home, but thrilled at the prospect of what this new one will bring. It is in the area that we have always had our sights set on, and is much better suited for the direction we are going in. Needless to say, we are in love with the new place. I should also thank my good friend Pierre Rodrigue for being an awesome resource throughout the process. You are and likely always will be a terrific sounding board and mentor.

Lastly, I've managed to get some work done, in and around all of this, with these two pieces being my most recent. These two handles are from the same tree, and will be going on some beautiful old Masamotos that were made together, the same day (over 12 years ago). I really like how they turned out. :)


Thanks for reading. :) I know that a lot of this craziness is due, in part, to you guys. You rock!

11-21-2014, 10:14 PM
Awesome, Tom!

11-21-2014, 10:25 PM
Congrats Tom!

11-21-2014, 10:38 PM
Dude! That is so cool, man! Congrats!

11-21-2014, 10:43 PM
Congratulations! Well deserved recognition.

Will be interesting to see what the additional exposure does for your business.

11-22-2014, 03:20 AM
Congratulations! Very beautiful handles!

Mucho Bocho
11-22-2014, 08:33 AM
Thanks for sharing Tom. Congrats to you and your growing family

Pensacola Tiger
11-22-2014, 12:44 PM
Very nice, Tom! And congrats on the impending move to a new home!