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Dave Martell
08-02-2012, 03:24 PM
Here is Dave's Suisin gyuto with it's new Stefan handle installed....

Crothcipt
08-03-2012, 02:12 AM
Love the end cap and ferule. is that mammoth ivory?

apicius9
08-03-2012, 03:01 AM
Love the end cap and ferule. is that mammoth ivory?

The end cap is mammoth tooth, the ferrule is dyed maple burl. But the colors go very well together, so I just combined them here. Looks nice on a knife :)

Stefan

Von blewitt
08-14-2012, 08:17 AM
All these look amazing

Dave Martell
08-14-2012, 02:55 PM
Here is Erik's nakiri with it's new Stefan handle installed. I'm pretty sure that the end wood species is maple but the middle main portion is unknown to me, help Stefan! :)

This is a real good looking well finished handle that suits the knife very nicely. :thumbsup:


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9136&d=1344970521

EdipisReks
08-14-2012, 03:00 PM
Here is Dave's Suisin gyuto with it's new Stefan handle installed....

that's just killer!

apicius9
08-14-2012, 03:40 PM
Thanks, guys! The wood on Erik's nakiri is just a really nice piece of koa, that comes in many different shapes and patterns...

Stefan

Dave Martell
08-14-2012, 03:42 PM
Thanks, guys! The wood on Erik's nakiri is just a really nice piece of koa, that comes in many different shapes and patterns...

Stefan


Koa? I can see it kind of but it's just way too nice, well not that koa isn't nice, it's just that this piece is super nice compared to what we usually see. Well ya fooled me Mr. Keller :)

apicius9
08-14-2012, 03:46 PM
Yep, that piece definitely stands out, maybe I should have called is heirloom quality ;)

Stefan

ThEoRy
08-14-2012, 10:48 PM
Koa? I can see it kind of but it's just way too nice, well not that koa isn't nice, it's just that this piece is super nice compared to what we usually see. Well ya fooled me Mr. Keller :)

That may be because it's running diagonally. Either way it's super nice looking!! Great job guys!

Dave Martell
10-04-2012, 11:30 AM
Check out this handle just installed. The spalting and depth on this one is incredible and I have to say that Stefan did a fantastic job finishing it too. :thumbsup:

markenki
10-04-2012, 04:25 PM
Beautiful!

SpikeC
10-04-2012, 04:26 PM
That is some amazing wood!

cookinstuff
10-04-2012, 10:57 PM
Very nice, I had to resist that beautiful wood myself.

Johnny.B.Good
10-04-2012, 11:04 PM
Wild looking.

Very, very, cool.

apicius9
10-04-2012, 11:08 PM
Glad it went on the right knife, the handle is a bit stubby and a deba is perfect for it. Thanks Dave and - aaeehh, who bought it? :scratchhead:

Stefan

daveb
10-05-2012, 12:19 AM
Stefan, I bought an inexpensive deba to see if I liked that style knife on fish. (I had never used anything on fish that didn't say "Dexter Russell" on it.) Several fish later I was liking the knife and your handle sale came along. Who am I to argue with destiny?

Regards,

Dave

mhenry
10-05-2012, 11:16 AM
Very Nice what kinda wood is it?

apicius9
10-05-2012, 12:18 PM
Just some nice spalted maple.

Stefan

Dave Martell
10-11-2012, 10:55 AM
Here's a really nice pair of (some awesome) koa & buffalo Stefan handles. These handles look about 10x better in real life and they don't look too shabby in the pictures either. You did good here Stefan.

Johnny.B.Good
10-11-2012, 01:35 PM
These look fantastic (particularly the gyuto).

Burl Source
10-11-2012, 07:21 PM
I like them all. Beautiful handles Stefan.

Dave Martell
10-14-2012, 12:47 PM
Here are Philip's Takeda & Masamoto with their new Stefan handles installed....

Dave Martell
10-14-2012, 12:50 PM
Here is Cody's Watanabe honyaki mirror polished gyuto with Stefan made vintage bakelite and buffalo horn handle. This knife is a stunner!

statusquo
10-14-2012, 06:45 PM
Oh man, those are mind blowing!

mr drinky
10-14-2012, 06:52 PM
Here is Cody's Watanabe honyaki mirror polished gyuto with Stefan made vintage bakelite and buffalo horn handle. This knife is a stunner!

That is a stunner. That has all the sexy going for it. Nice combo, and I really don't care for sharp colors in handles.

k.

unkajonet
10-14-2012, 08:45 PM
That Watanabe is a stunner! Great work!

AmuseMe
10-15-2012, 08:22 AM
Signed up to say thank you to Dave, Stefan, and of course Shinichi. I can not wait until I can see and use this knife in person :laugh:
Thank you Stefan for being patient with me during the entire ordeal!
And thank you Dave for having it done so quickly!

-Cody

SpikeC
10-15-2012, 01:11 PM
Welcome to the Knut House and congrats on a very cool knife!

Dave Martell
10-15-2012, 01:28 PM
Great to have you here Cody, welcome! :)

kalaeb
10-15-2012, 01:34 PM
I love that handle, this may be a great alternative to my need for blue mammoth. Got any more of those Stefan?

apicius9
10-15-2012, 03:41 PM
Thanks guys! Hi Cody, welcome and thanks - glad you like it! And yes, I have a bit of that blue bakelite left. Since there is not much and my source just sold his last piece, I was thinking about using it more for accents than for full handles, but I could make one or two more. Actually, one other ordered one is on the table right now.

Stefan

Dave Martell
11-19-2012, 02:35 PM
Here are Jan's left handed honyaki (one that's mirror polished) yanagibas with their new custom Stefan handles installed. Talk about high end packages, lots of $$ in these (low end) pictures. It's a shame that my pictures don't do these knives justice, they're really incredible looking in person.

Maybe Jan will come along and help us with the makers and Stefan can talk about the materials used. I know that I see some mammoth tooth end caps here.:cool2:

apicius9
11-19-2012, 03:14 PM
I was wondering whatever happened to those... Looking good, nice knives, Jan! IIRC, the red spacer is bakelite, everything else is mammoth or blackwood.

Stefan

euphorbioid
11-19-2012, 05:35 PM
Dave PM'd me that if I wanted to be surprised I shouldn't click on the link he provided. That decision took about 2 nanoseconds. Those handles look fantastic. Stefan, you are indeed an artist. The polished one is a Suisin Dreamcraft that Jon Broida got for me. I don't remember who the forger was. I gather Suisin has several guys who forge and sharpen for this series. The other one is by Mizuno from JCK.

Thanks to Dave for the installation and Stefan for the design and construction of these handles. They are very cool. I will bring the others up tomorrow to Dave's to see what the whole collection looks like.

Jan

Dave Martell
11-19-2012, 06:50 PM
Hah, I knew you'd click! :D

I'm glad that you like them and I'll be seeing you tomorrow.

knyfeknerd
11-19-2012, 07:32 PM
Holy freaking wow!!!

EdipisReks
11-19-2012, 07:43 PM
Here are Jan's left handed honyaki (one that's mirror polished) yanagibas with their new custom Stefan handles installed. Talk about high end packages, lots of $$ in these (low end) pictures. It's a shame that my pictures don't do these knives justice, they're really incredible looking in person.

Maybe Jan will come along and help us with the makers and Stefan can talk about the materials used. I know that I see some mammoth tooth end caps here.:cool2:

mother&%!#&er those are awesome!

brainsausage
11-19-2012, 07:49 PM
Lightsabers!!!

Dave Martell
02-08-2013, 11:25 AM
A Carter with a Stefan Keller handle upgrade....

mr drinky
02-08-2013, 11:47 AM
Sweet, Dave. It took me forever to finally send the handle and knife to you, but it sure looks great.

k.

Dave Martell
02-08-2013, 12:01 PM
I'm glad that you like it K :)

Dave Martell
02-09-2013, 04:27 PM
Here's very nice lefty Shigefusa yanagiba with it's new Stefan handle installed. Check out the blond buffalo horn ferrule, sweetness!

DeepCSweede
02-09-2013, 04:46 PM
Is that dyed maple? It looks fantastic and the blond horn is awesome with it. Nice job guys.

apicius9
02-09-2013, 06:18 PM
Looks nice, thanks Dave. To be honest, I am not sure what the wood is - I had sent in maple burl and box elder burl for dying and stabilizing but didn't mark them. When they came back I found them harder to tell apart than before. But I think this is box elder.

Stefan

mhenry
02-10-2013, 12:35 PM
Very Nice

Crothcipt
02-10-2013, 05:46 PM
Wow I got chills looking at that knife. If only you made D-handles.

Keep up the great work.

apicius9
02-10-2013, 07:53 PM
I don't? I'm just slow with them (as if I were fast with anything else...) and prefer making octagons, but occasionally I try D-shaped ones. Thanks for the kind words,

Stefan

ecchef
02-11-2013, 04:26 AM
Wow I got chills looking at that knife. If only you made D-handles.

Keep up the great work.

One of Stefan's 'D' beauties:

1319013191

Hawaiian kikui nut, purpleheart & fossil mammoth tooth.

Dave Martell
02-11-2013, 12:11 PM
Here is Mike's gyuto with it's new Stefan handle installed. The handle is constructed of Hawaiian Halawood with an African blackwood ferrule & copper spacer, she's a looker.....

Dave Martell
02-11-2013, 12:25 PM
Here are Jeff's pair of Carters with their new Stefan handles....

mhenry
02-11-2013, 12:41 PM
As always beautiful work guys

cclin
02-11-2013, 12:45 PM
:thumbsup2:

apicius9
02-11-2013, 06:24 PM
I especially like that walnut handle on that little deba, nice combo IMHO. Hope you will have fun with them!

Stefan

Dave Martell
02-11-2013, 08:16 PM
That deba handle is smooth as a baby's backside.

Halfdeaf
02-12-2013, 02:14 AM
I was originally concerned that the handle for the yanagi was going to have too narrow of a profile, but looking at the pic I think it will work alright - the length will help to balance it. The original (Ho/Horn) handle on the knife was way too big...

The handle on the deba is scrumptious(!) and looks like it will really compliment the thick blade of the knife.

I'm in Stefan's queue for a custom handle for my Carter nakiri - then the whole set will have fancy pants...

Good eating!

Jeff

Johnny.B.Good
02-12-2013, 02:17 AM
I love the "black" handle on that Carter, Stefan.

Love!

apicius9
02-12-2013, 02:25 AM
Thanks, glad you guys like them. For the black one I was thinking more something like a fuguhiki or a takohiki, but now that I see it on the knife, it looks fine to me. But it clearly is on the slimmer side.

Stefan

Dave Martell
02-12-2013, 02:20 PM
I was originally concerned that the handle for the yanagi was going to have too narrow of a profile, but looking at the pic I think it will work alright - the length will help to balance it. The original (Ho/Horn) handle on the knife was way too big...

The handle on the deba is scrumptious(!) and looks like it will really compliment the thick blade of the knife.

I'm in Stefan's queue for a custom handle for my Carter nakiri - then the whole set will have fancy pants...

Good eating!

Jeff


Hi Jeff,
The new yanagiba handle is IMO a perfect fit, I think you'll be pleased with it and the deba handle really makes the knife complete. These were two knives in desperate need of an upgrade. :)

miketayl0r
02-13-2013, 04:42 PM
http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=13213&d=1360602669

Looks amazing Dave! Cant wait for it! Thanks

Crothcipt
02-13-2013, 04:52 PM
I don't? I'm just slow with them (as if I were fast with anything else...) and prefer making octagons, but occasionally I try D-shaped ones. Thanks for the kind words,

Stefan

When I wrote that I wasn't sure if anyone made d's anymore.

Ty Ecchef for the pics. Another stunner handle.

Dave Martell
05-07-2013, 03:08 PM
Here is Daniel's Yoshikane with it's new Stefan handled installed. This is a very unique handle - it is an oval shape with bone scales, an amboyna core that wraps completely around through the butt end, and come with a buffalo ferrule on top!
I applaud Daniel for taking a chance on this one. :happy3:


BTW, the pictures suck, the knife looks soooooooooo much better in real life.

Dave Martell
05-07-2013, 03:11 PM
Here is Dave's suji with it's new Stefan handle installed. I'm unsure of the woods used on this one but I'm sure Stefan can help us out here. I really like how this one came out, it's a great match up.

mhenry
05-07-2013, 03:42 PM
That suji does look good

daveb
05-07-2013, 04:04 PM
Dave, It did come out well - all the more so because it was a rehab. I originally bought it for a 300 but then it took a header and met the tile floor.

15082

I sent it back to Stefan thinking I was SOL but he graciously repaired the handle, re-sized it for a 240 and refused payment for the fix.

Many thanks all around.

Regards,

Dave

apicius9
05-07-2013, 04:14 PM
Glad to see that this worked out, Dave. The wood is one of my last pieces of spalted kukui nut. That wood is very light, and cross-cut like this it may have hidden cracks. With pieces like that, I always try to break them before I work them - if they hold up I make a handle, and if they break I have two ferrule pieces... Yours may have had a hidden crack that only made a difference when it was sanded down and then it broke when it dropped. Glad to see that it found another knife, and it looks good in the combo. Btw, spacer is stainless steel and the ferrule is redwood burl.

Stefan

P.S. The bone handle looks like it makes a good match also. I always liked that one but wasn't sure anybody else would...

Mrmnms
05-07-2013, 04:24 PM
The suji is outrageous, and Stephan is remarkably gracious.

ThEoRy
05-07-2013, 05:46 PM
Awesome work guys!!

Dave Martell
05-07-2013, 05:46 PM
Dave, It did come out well - all the more so because it was a rehab. I originally bought it for a 300 but then it took a header and met the tile floor.

I sent it back to Stefan thinking I was SOL but he graciously repaired the handle, re-sized it for a 240 and refused payment for the fix.

Many thanks all around.

Regards,

Dave


I didn't know about this....awesomeness all around! :)

Dave Martell
05-08-2013, 12:53 PM
Here we have David's Gesshin Ginga with it's new Stefan handle installed. Is this some killer koa or what? :)

Dave Martell
05-08-2013, 12:57 PM
Next up is Ken's Masamoto gyuto wearing it's new ancient kauri (with blong buffalo horn ferrule & mokume end cap) handle. :)

mhenry
05-08-2013, 01:05 PM
That's very nice You two do beautiful work!

Dave Martell
05-08-2013, 01:07 PM
That's very nice You two do beautiful work!


Thanks Mike, we say the same thing about you too. :)

Johnny.B.Good
05-08-2013, 01:46 PM
Wow, some impressive new work here.

I particularly like the relatively understated Koa handle on the Ginga, but the wild bone/Amboyna/horn deal works for me as well!

geezr
05-08-2013, 02:25 PM
Next up is Ken's Masamoto gyuto wearing it's new ancient kauri (with blong buffalo horn ferrule & mokume end cap) handle.

:wow: That is really nice :beer:
Thank you Stefan and Dave :thankyou2:

Dave Martell
05-08-2013, 04:58 PM
I'm glad to see that you like it Ken. :)

apicius9
05-08-2013, 05:27 PM
Just looked again at David's knife and really like it. One of my favorite koa pieces also, premium curl combined with some spalted sapwood. And I am glad that Ken's knife came out well because he is one of the nicest people I know.

Stefan

Dave Martell
05-21-2013, 01:09 PM
I just finished mounting this one up, it's Salvatore's Shigefusa with it's new Stefan made blackwood or ebony (?) handle with buffalo horn ferrule. Just look at the finish that Stefan puts on his handles, very nice! :thumbsup:

Crothcipt
05-21-2013, 01:20 PM
stunning

Johnny.B.Good
05-21-2013, 01:24 PM
I love it.

unkajonet
05-21-2013, 01:27 PM
Simple and elegant. Beautiful.

ThEoRy
05-21-2013, 02:09 PM
Classy as a motha%$#@*^!

salvatore
05-21-2013, 02:48 PM
Stefan and Dave,

Simply outstanding! It's exactly what I was imagining in my mind's eye... brought to life.

apicius9
05-21-2013, 03:54 PM
Glad you like it, Salvatore!

Stefan

Dave Martell
05-21-2013, 04:22 PM
Glad you like it, Salvatore!

Stefan

:plus1:

Dave Martell
05-27-2013, 04:04 PM
This one is sick....vintage blue Bakelite with (some great) buffalo horn, nickel silver spacers, and a mosaic pin in the tail end mounted on Michael's Kumagoro gyuto, freshly sharpened and ready to go. cool:

EdipisReks
05-27-2013, 04:48 PM
that looks great!

as an aside, how are the Kumagoros?

Dave Martell
05-27-2013, 04:59 PM
.....as an aside, how are the Kumagoros?


Just like Yoshikane they're sort of thick(ish) where the blade road transitions into the "hammer finish". I try to reduce this transition by smoothing it out on each sharpening, sort of an edge thinning for a wide bevel. The blade roads are usually found pretty flat and even though. They get screaming sharp too.

X-JaVeN-X
05-27-2013, 11:12 PM
Looks great! Looking forward to getting it in my hands. I will be sending payment in just a few minutes.

Dave Martell
05-27-2013, 11:24 PM
Glad you like it Mike. She's shipping out tomorrow morning. :)

Dave Martell
05-29-2013, 11:32 AM
Here are Don's knives with their new Stefan handles installed. One is premium amboyna burl & black horn, the other is spalted Hawaiian signature wood, redwood burl ferrule, and translucent artificial tortoise spacer.

El Pescador
05-29-2013, 11:48 AM
Looks great Dave!

unkajonet
05-29-2013, 01:25 PM
me like-y

X-JaVeN-X
05-30-2013, 02:59 PM
Great! You guys ruined my knife!

I used to use the knife all the time...now that it's back, I'm gonna have to frame it and hang it on the wall instead.

In all seriousness...the knife looks great. I can't wait to put it to work.

Dave Martell
05-30-2013, 03:39 PM
Great! You guys ruined my knife!

I used to use the knife all the time...now that it's back, I'm gonna have to frame it and hang it on the wall instead.

In all seriousness...the knife looks great. I can't wait to put it to work.


LOL...she's a looker now ain't she? :D

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=15582&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1369684999

Mucho Bocho
05-30-2013, 03:45 PM
Dave that Yusuke looks wicked pissa! Though you'd appreciate the Mass-hole expression. ;-)

Dave Martell
05-30-2013, 03:52 PM
Dave that Yusuke looks wicked pissa! Though you'd appreciate the Mass-hole expression. ;-)

I feel like I'm back home. :D

Dave Martell
07-09-2013, 01:50 PM
Here is Huw's yangiba with it's newly installed Hawaiian mango with buffalo horn ferrule (& brass spacer) Stefan handle....

Dave Martell
07-11-2013, 04:27 PM
I've been telling people for years how magical Stefan's handles are....just slip one onto your knife and it can make the rest of the knife shine....not to mention get sharper too! :D


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/BeforeAfter_zpse6fc6008.jpg


The handle is constructed from Belize Rosewood Burl, Curly Koa ferrule, & synthetic turquoise spacer.

apicius9
07-11-2013, 04:45 PM
Strange, when I put them on my own knives they atill just start rusting ;) That one looks nice, still one of my favorite woods.

Stefan

Dave Martell
07-11-2013, 09:02 PM
Strange, when I put them on my own knives they atill just start rusting ;)


So true :slaphead:

DerSnap
08-16-2013, 09:25 AM
I just wanted to say, WOW! I am totally impressed with the handles I have seen here. Sure that should go with out saying but honestly its had me looking through every single page. Not a single handle I didn't like, and I hope one day to be able to also have one of these designed for my knife(s).

Very tasteful, classy, and beautiful!

:2thumbsup:

apicius9
08-16-2013, 04:41 PM
Vielen Dank fuer die netten Worte :)

Stefan

Dave Martell
08-24-2013, 01:06 PM
African Blackwood, vintage bakelite, & blue mammoth tooth end cap on a Mizuno gyuto....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010008_zps8f41d3c0.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010018_zpsca01f0c4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010006_zps90804f12.jpg


See more images here...
http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/14115-Project-Mizuno?p=236927&viewfull=1#post236927

swarth
08-27-2013, 02:00 PM
Here are Jeff's pair of Carters with their new Stefan handles....

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=13215&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1360603529



That yanagi is so fly.

DerSnap
08-28-2013, 10:02 AM
Vielen Dank fuer die netten Worte :)

Stefan

I just call it as I see it. Truly nice work.
Have you ever considered or could you ever make some handles for an espresso machine? I would imagine (dream) of a stained green type.
Pure lust!

Shamus :)

Dave Martell
08-30-2013, 12:40 PM
Here's Anthony's 6-pack of new Stefan handles installed....

Von blewitt
08-30-2013, 04:59 PM
They look great! Awesome knives!!!

tripleq
08-30-2013, 06:13 PM
The cleaver looks cool. Reminds me of a barber pole.

antbanks
09-05-2013, 08:39 PM
Just arrived today. Great work as always by Stefan, and the installation of these handles by Dave is flawless. Thanks so much guys! Hate that I will probably end up selling a few of these, but that will just be an excuse to do some more projects down the road.

Anthony

Dave Martell
09-05-2013, 08:43 PM
Just arrived today. Great work as always by Stefan, and the installation of these handles by Dave is flawless. Thanks so much guys! Hate that I will probably end up selling a few of these, but that will just be an excuse to do some more projects down the road.

Anthony


I'm glad that you like them Anthony. Thanks for the work! :)

apicius9
09-05-2013, 11:46 PM
Happy to hear you like them, Anthony. I think my personal facorites are the kauri handle and the little petty.

Stefan

Dave Martell
09-11-2013, 01:04 PM
Just finished up with these two for Norm. The deba is Hawaiian pheasant wood with a black ash burl ferrule, the gyuto has suji wood handle (the national tree of Japan) with a horn ferrule.

tripleq
09-19-2013, 07:20 PM
Got my knives from Dave yesterday and had a chance to give them a really good look today. Dave's installation is flawless. What can I say Stefan? Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks a million.

apicius9
09-19-2013, 07:57 PM
Thanks Norm, glad you like them. I really like that sugi, I'll have to make a few more of that. BTW, didn't you have 3 handles?

Stefan

tripleq
09-19-2013, 08:11 PM
Thanks Norm, glad you like them. I really like that sugi, I'll have to make a few more of that. BTW, didn't you have 3 handles?

Stefan

Yes I did. I was going to use the 3rd for a forgecraft that I did some work on (pics in the show your work section) but when I saw the handle in person I didn't really feel like the knife was worthy of it. Dave is putting it on my Watanabe 240 gyuto. Can't wait to see her.

apicius9
09-19-2013, 08:31 PM
Thanks Norm. Was that the cascara handle? I forgot who had that, and I am looking forward to seeing that on a knife, I really love the wood... Oh, and thanks for thinking it worthy of a Watanabe knife :)

Stefan

tripleq
09-19-2013, 08:44 PM
Thanks Norm. Was that the cascara handle? I forgot who had that, and I am looking forward to seeing that on a knife, I really love the wood... Oh, and thanks for thinking it worthy of a Watanabe knife :)

Stefan

Yup. That's the one. I didn't picture it on the Watanabe but when I put the handle up to the knife the choice was easy. I think it's gonna look awesome.

Dave Martell
09-30-2013, 10:52 AM
Here is Norm's 3rd Stefan handle all mounted up on his Watanabe gyuto....

tripleq
09-30-2013, 11:49 AM
Ohhhh man. That looks good. Thanks Dave and Stefan!!!

cheflarge
09-30-2013, 04:35 PM
Damn it that's SEXY!!! :knife:

apicius9
09-30-2013, 04:42 PM
I kinda like it myself, love that cascara wood and still think of Watanabe gyutos as having the perfect profile for me. Gotta add a 240 one day.

Stefan

tripleq
09-30-2013, 06:35 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong Stefan but I believe this wood has similar properties to ho wood. Maybe a little heavier?? I think it will change very little in the balance of the knife. It is just a tad shorter than the Watanabe handle. One thing I noticed about this wood is that pictures don't do it justice. There is actually a lot of fine, low contrast detail going on in the grain. Very interesting.


I kinda like it myself, love that cascara wood and still think of Watanabe gyutos as having the perfect profile for me. Gotta add a 240 one day.

Stefan

apicius9
09-30-2013, 06:58 PM
I think the closest in appearance to the cascara is quilted maple. Actually, I bought the block I have as quilted maple but from the pattern everything points to cascara - based on what Mark has described. But the working characteristcs are not very different from maple either. Definitely heavier than ho wood, but the Watanabe can take a slightly heftier handle and having it a bit shorter than the original will also help to retain close to the original balance. I agree with the dilemma: Some of these wood patterns are just so difficult to get across in 2-D photography. I have been thinking about moving to video if I present handles for sale in the future, hoping that the depth of the woods will come across better.

Stefan

Dream Burls
09-30-2013, 07:33 PM
I think the Cascara more closely resembles Big Leaf Maple.

Dave Martell
10-06-2013, 01:39 PM
Another beauty from Stefan....

You can see pics of the whole knife HERE (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/14793-Thomas-Keller-Jim-amp-Martell-A-KKF-Collaboration?p=247363&viewfull=1#post247363)

swarth
10-09-2013, 09:50 AM
Superb as always. Cannot wait for mine.

willic
12-29-2013, 01:50 PM
Help me! I love these handles! How do I get one? Do I install it myself???

Thanks,
Will

apicius9
12-30-2013, 06:44 PM
Thank you, Will! People here can tell you that I can be very slow in making these and I am way behind with my orders - as usual. My hope is that I will get things sorted out again in January, and also find someeone to help me out in the shop, at least until the pile of orders is finished. Once I now what's going on, I will post an update in my forum section.

Stefan

willic
01-09-2014, 10:45 PM
Thanks! You do have some amazing handles!!!

Dave Martell
03-19-2014, 12:50 PM
Hello Kitty

Anton
03-19-2014, 12:56 PM
Next time - warn us....

icanhaschzbrgr
03-19-2014, 12:59 PM
Damnů I afraid I had to admit I like it :)

Dave Martell
03-19-2014, 01:03 PM
Damnů I afraid I had to admit I like it :)


Me too :jumpy:

Hbeernink
03-19-2014, 01:47 PM
bwahahahaha! love this

Dave Martell
03-19-2014, 02:07 PM
bwahahahaha! love this


Hopefully your wife will too. :)

Dave Martell
03-19-2014, 02:08 PM
I wonder what Shigefusa would say about it? :D

apicius9
03-19-2014, 02:21 PM
I cannot believe this ended up on a Shigefusa. But it looks not bad, if I may say so... Thanks Dave!

Stefan

WarrenB
03-19-2014, 02:58 PM
Woooahhh a Kittyfusa:biggrin: You just have to smile at something like that:doublethumbsup:

Hbeernink
03-19-2014, 03:32 PM
I cannot believe this ended up on a Shigefusa. But it looks not bad, if I may say so... Thanks Dave!

Stefan

there aren't many blades that can wear a handle like that- it'd better be something good!

Erilyn75
03-19-2014, 07:30 PM
Hello Shiggy. I love it! Now if we could get a Yoda one...........:doublethumbsup:

Dave Martell
03-26-2014, 12:32 PM
Shigefusa nakiri with (something different from Stefan) a modified D-Shaped handle....

mkriggen
03-26-2014, 12:59 PM
Very nice, what's the wood Stefan?

apicius9
03-26-2014, 02:19 PM
A handle I was not 100% happy with, because by the time I was done, it was a little smaller than I set out to make it. But the owner and Dave think it is fine, so here it is. These tangs on the shigefusas are ridiculously huge. Wood is polyanna / wild almond burl, mammoth ivory spacer and blackwood ferrule.

Stefan

icanhaschzbrgr
03-26-2014, 02:43 PM
sorry for hijacking


These tangs on the shigefusas are ridiculously huge.
Painfully huge. Tang on any Shig guyto has enough metal for a small petty. Damn, even on 150mm Shig petty tang has enough metal for another small petty.
Why do they do it like this? For weight balance?

Dave Martell
03-26-2014, 03:19 PM
I may heat and pound down (thin) the next Shigefusa tang I have to do. They are stupid huge.

Dave Martell
03-27-2014, 11:49 AM
Here's a really nice higher end handle from Stefan...

steelcity
03-27-2014, 12:06 PM
I like that.

apicius9
03-27-2014, 07:11 PM
This last handle haunted me in my sleep for some time... I hope the new owner will like it. Thanks for the assembly and the pictures, Dave!

Stefan

jimbob
03-27-2014, 09:36 PM
Argh! So many nice combos! I've been trying to decide on handles a long time and it just keeps changing, getting close though....

cheflarge
03-28-2014, 01:39 PM
Really, really like the Shig nakiri & kiritsuke tipped gyuto. The handles on both of the above mentioned are absolutely stunning! :thumbup: :)

Erilyn75
03-28-2014, 03:04 PM
Argh! So many nice combos! I've been trying to decide on handles a long time and it just keeps changing, getting close though....

I had a hard time with it too. I just showed pictures of what I liked and let the master take the wheel.