View Full Version : Custom Damascus Sujihiki 288mm.

HHH Knives
07-12-2011, 03:40 PM
Hello, Im fairly new to the forum and would like to reintroduce myself, My name is Randy Haas, I am a custom knife maker from Michigan. My oldest son Randy Jr. and I work together to make the knives. Randy Jr. forges damascus sttel and I make the steel into knives. Its my passion and I really enjoy creating beautiful functional tools! We make a wide range of knives from kitchen knives to folders. :)

This is my version of a Sujihiki. And may very well be the finest kitchen knife I have made to date!
Handles are Corian and the bolsters are mosaic damascus. With brass and copper mosaic pins and full thorn and vine filework.
The blade is 288mm long Overall length its 407 mm. At the heel its 45mm high. Blade thickness at the spine is 3.05mm tapering to the tip.
Blade is 1095 and 15n20 RC 59/60


Thanks for looking, comments and critiques are always welcomed.
Randy Haas, HHH Knives

mr drinky
07-12-2011, 04:03 PM
Man that looks nice. Thanks for the pics and WIP thread.


07-12-2011, 04:09 PM
The bolster and tang are very, very cool. The mosaic pin layout is a nice change of pace from the normal line of 2-3. All-in-all, a very striking knife!

07-12-2011, 04:10 PM
that handle tang combination is unbelievable.

one of the nicest knives I've ever seen!

HHH Knives
07-12-2011, 05:05 PM
Thanks much guys. I appreciate the kind comments.

07-12-2011, 05:20 PM
Randy, there is some serious detail work that went into that! It looks great.

07-12-2011, 05:23 PM
Very, very nice.

07-12-2011, 09:30 PM

07-12-2011, 10:32 PM
As always Randy, your work speaks for itself. You will soon set the bar for custom kitchen cutlery :hungry:

07-12-2011, 10:32 PM
What a beautiful knife

Dave Martell
07-12-2011, 11:09 PM
Randy, there is some serious detail work that went into that! It looks great.

+1 and check out the mosaic pins - all lined up in the same direction! Nice :)

HHH Knives
07-13-2011, 07:49 AM
Thank you all very much for the kind words and encouragement.

HHH Knives
07-13-2011, 09:54 PM
+1 and check out the mosaic pins - all lined up in the same direction! Nice :)

Thanks for noticing. :) I guess im a little fanatical about the details..

07-14-2011, 12:44 AM
Randy, this knife is a work of art! I can't wait to see the next one, and the one after that and the one after that....

HHH Knives
07-17-2011, 09:30 PM
Lefty, Thanks much.. We are busy working on a couple right now and have another 8" damascus chef coming up shortly.. Ill try and post photos and stuff when I can.. Again Thanks for the kind words.. :D


07-26-2011, 07:25 PM
Little accordion action going on there. Very nice.:biggrin:

HHH Knives
07-27-2011, 02:32 PM
Thanks *******. Appreciate the comment! :D

08-02-2011, 10:20 AM

As nice as the filing along the spine and tang are (crazy hot), I'd be worried about "muck" collecting in the spaces between the tang and the scales -- especially on a kitchen knife. Are the gaps filled at all, or left as-is?

HHH Knives
08-02-2011, 01:46 PM
Vertigo, Iv said i B4 and Ill say it again, Nothin, and I mean nothin that adds to the look of a custom knife like some Slick filework.. I just love the way it sets off a knife.. :D

But you pose a good question. :scratchhead:

After thinking about this from both sides. I dont fill my filework.
The reason I dont is, I figure that by filling the area with say Epoxy, I cant be 100% sure that at some point it may fail (even a little). Maybe, it shrinks just enough to cause a little separation from the blade or handle. it could open up a small crack, a pocket so to speak. That could allow moisture or "muck" to get under the filler.. Which at this point, probably wont be seen.. meaning it could not be easily cleaned or dried or oiled, etc.. Which in turn as we know on a carbon steel blade, will cause rust and could even result in long term damage.. :(

In my experiences, An informed Knife user will normally will take VERY good care of there knife if given the right info.. So I try my best to do just that.

Im sure there are many schools of thought about this. and probably the most common one would be, to not add filework to a knife intended for every day use in a kitchen. because of the obvious reasons. I also agree with this.. and only add it to "custom" kitchen knives... and only after I explain about care and maintenance.. If they still want it. Then its Game On! :thumbsup:

Its a Knife Life!

08-06-2011, 04:48 AM
Its a Jewel of a Knife Randy, well done to you and son of course for making the lovely Mascus.:D

HHH Knives
08-14-2011, 03:32 PM
Thanks much sir.. I appreciate the complement on the knife, and will give your regards to Randy Jr.

HHH Knives
11-09-2015, 02:59 PM
Blast from the past!! I have started looking back at the evolution of HHH Knives and specifically some of the knives that have been made and shared here on KKF. Its encouraging and also amazing for to me to revisit these knife pictures. Helping me to spur on new stuff or to take a step back do things that I may of went away from over the last few years. Both I think imperative to the future.

If no one opposes I plan to comment on a "old" post from time to time. Just to talk a little about the original post. Get new insight or ideas from you guys. etc.

As I view these photos I am proud of this knife and hope its serving well in its home! The knife was one of the first Suji style cutters produced here are HHH Knives. The design was based off both a actual knife and my customers requests. The rest was all us having fun and trying new stuff. The damascus pattern and the use of the damascus bolsters were both new ground for me and Randy Jr. I also really like the pin layout and think I should do more like it. Lets talk about handle shape. Over time my handle has changed some and this was a leaner slimmer version.. I welcome any comments or ideas and look forward to hearing from you guys.

Truth is this forum and its members have played a HUGE part in my knife designs and the kitchen knives I made over the last years. I want to continue to evolve and grow as a maker. Pushing the boundary of both form and function. So Thank you, to one and all. I also welcome you to view some of my work and images here on KKF and any that hold a special place or have significance, to design or the evolution of my work. Please post a comment so we can further discuss design. materials. and function.