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Dave Martell
03-06-2011, 11:54 PM
Just a few of many...

Dave Martell
03-07-2011, 12:04 AM
More....

Dave Martell
03-07-2011, 12:09 AM
More.....

Dave Martell
03-07-2011, 12:15 AM
Still More...

Dave Martell
03-07-2011, 12:18 AM
And More...

Dave Martell
03-07-2011, 12:24 AM
Found some more...

Dave Martell
03-07-2011, 12:29 AM
Some unmounted ones from way back....

apicius9
03-07-2011, 01:23 AM
Wow, thanks for setting this up, Dave. So nice to see them on the knives, I always send them out in there little baggies, wondering what the final product will look like...

Stefan

steeley
03-07-2011, 01:24 AM
The carter and yoshi pic goes way back some the first install's of Stefan handles.
mine is the carter with the pheasant wood .
great handles

mr drinky
03-07-2011, 02:53 AM
Some unmounted ones from way back....

I just had a handle-gasm. Also, it gets me excited for my wa-Martell knife.

k.

chazmtb
03-08-2011, 07:27 PM
I think this is Stefan's best work:

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/5272/p1010009sn.jpg


http://img829.imageshack.us/img829/9162/p1010003hq.jpg/


http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/2716/p1010012c.jpg


http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/8505/p1010011x.jpg


http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/2156/p1010002tr.jpg

apicius9
03-08-2011, 07:44 PM
Thanks Bao, definitely took me long enough... ;)

Stefan

Dave Martell
03-08-2011, 10:47 PM
That sure is one fine handle Bao! :)

Dave Martell
03-08-2011, 10:49 PM
Here is Rick's little etched Carter with an "Off the Shelf" handle.

Dave Martell
03-08-2011, 10:51 PM
Just finished, Kelvin's Watanabe...

Pensacola Tiger
03-08-2011, 11:15 PM
Here is Rick's little etched Carter with an "Off the Shelf" handle.

Hey, that turned out pretty nice!

apicius9
03-08-2011, 11:25 PM
That Carter is really small. I hope it will work for you, Rick. I also like the Watanabe suji, Dave. Kelvin wanted the design like that and I was a bit skeptical at first, but it all pulls together now that it is completed. I assume the ns spacers tie it all together.

Stefan

P.S. Hey, what about my knives :)

Dave Martell
03-08-2011, 11:54 PM
P.S. Hey, what about my knives :)

Your knives? What knives? :p

Dave Martell
03-09-2011, 05:06 PM
.....

Pensacola Tiger
03-12-2011, 01:42 PM
That Carter is really small. I hope it will work for you, Rick. I also like the Watanabe suji, Dave. Kelvin wanted the design like that and I was a bit skeptical at first, but it all pulls together now that it is completed. I assume the ns spacers tie it all together.

Stefan


P.S. Hey, what about my knives :)

Stefan,

The Carter was just delivered by USPS, and the handle is perfect. It is larger in diameter than the handle it replaced, but that's what I was looking for. Too many smaller knives come with small, narrow handles.

Nice installation job, Dave. Thanks!

Rick

Dave Martell
04-02-2011, 11:46 AM
Here's a triple shot of nakiris with Stefan handles, all for the same owner. :smile1:

apicius9
04-02-2011, 07:50 PM
Looks like they came out o.k., thanks Dave, great job as usual.

Stefan

Marko Tsourkan
04-02-2011, 09:33 PM
Great looking handles.

M

Dave Martell
04-06-2011, 03:12 PM
Here's 2 more freshly mounted Stefan handles for Nolan. *Note - It started to rain just as I was taking these so there's a few raindrops on the knives.

Nolan
04-06-2011, 03:34 PM
Very nice Dave - You know I couldn't resist wait to see them in person - I had to take a peek and glad I did.

Thanks for the help in matching the handles to the knives Stefan - I can't wait to see them in person.

Dave Martell
04-06-2011, 03:41 PM
I'm glad that you like them Nolan, it was my pleasure to do my small part. :)

chazmtb
04-06-2011, 04:21 PM
Two stunning knives. Handles do make a difference, especially for the Carter.

Nolan
04-07-2011, 07:01 PM
The Carter handle combo is my favorite as well -

SpikeC
04-07-2011, 07:17 PM
The way that he used the grain of the wood in that handle really works well.

apicius9
04-07-2011, 09:10 PM
Glad you like them, guys. I think the cleaver should be nice also, I like the slightly unregular koa grain and how it goes with the more rustic handle pattern.

So, Dave, when are you doing the next ones, hurry up! :poke1: (My own knives should be coming up soon and I am just as excited as everyone else :thumbsup:).

Stefan

Dave Martell
04-07-2011, 09:31 PM
So, Dave, when are you doing the next ones, hurry up! :poke1: (My own knives should be coming up soon and I am just as excited as everyone else :thumbsup:).

Stefan


Dave (ecchef) bumped you back! :razz:

apicius9
04-07-2011, 09:56 PM
What, only because he pays cash instead of wood? :ohmy: :wink: Just kidding, of course...

Stefan

chazmtb
04-08-2011, 12:56 AM
Stefan's wood is better than cash:Ooooh:

Dave Martell
04-10-2011, 12:29 PM
Here is Dave's knives, something a little different here. :smile1:

chazmtb
04-10-2011, 01:38 PM
Oh that ironwood handle is something after my own heart.

mhenry
04-10-2011, 11:08 PM
Stefan, That ironwood handle is outrageous, beautiful, elegant, gorgeous, its perfect!!! I can only aspire to someday make a handle half that beautiful.

Dave Martell
04-10-2011, 11:18 PM
Stefan, is that by any chance the same sourced ironwood that you just sent me? :)

apicius9
04-10-2011, 11:33 PM
Stefan, That ironwood handle is outrageous, beautiful, elegant, gorgeous, its perfect!!! I can only aspire to someday make a handle half that beautiful.

I guess I should not have sold it for a 'special' price then ;) Naah, it's really not that complicated, and there is always luck involved, you never know how a piece of wood will turn out.

Dave, nope, the handle here is a 'plain' ironwood piece with a nice color, just a good quality. What I sent you is ironwood burl, at least two steps above this one here. I don't remember whether it was called exhibition grade or not. But it has some very nice dark lines in addition to the burl, that should make some great Western handles.

Stefan

Dave Martell
04-10-2011, 11:36 PM
Ooooo...thanks. :)

apicius9
04-10-2011, 11:41 PM
Just taking a short break right now, I am covered in saw dust... Mixed results so far today, not happy with a few of the ones I am working on. We'll see... But I am working on the mother of all ironwood handles :biggrin2: Not ready for showing, yet, but it should be done next weekend.

Stefan

ecchef
04-11-2011, 04:21 AM
I didn't even recognize the wee beasties!

Thanks guys for your hard (and ocd driven) work. :wink:

If I can ever figure out how to work my camera & upload pics, I'll have to post a Stefan/Dave collaborative effort gallery!

Nolan
04-14-2011, 02:00 PM
Dave/Stefan,

I received the knives and couldn't be happier - they look even better in person. Great job guys! They are so nice that I almost hate to use them but knives are made to be used and use them I shall.

Thanks much -
Nolan

Dave Martell
04-14-2011, 03:13 PM
I'm glad I could do my little part here, thanks for your business, enjoy Nolan.

Pensacola Tiger
04-14-2011, 04:11 PM
Watanabe Pro Kuro-uchi 18cm Nakiri with Amboyna handle:

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx226/Pensacola_Tiger/Pensacola%20Tigers%20Knives/a823b490.jpg


http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx226/Pensacola_Tiger/Pensacola%20Tigers%20Knives/bc60564f.jpg


http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx226/Pensacola_Tiger/Pensacola%20Tigers%20Knives/44050312.jpg


http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx226/Pensacola_Tiger/Pensacola%20Tigers%20Knives/6651cd54.jpg

Dave Martell
04-15-2011, 08:09 PM
Rio's Watanabe...

apicius9
04-15-2011, 11:49 PM
Looks like the size worked out well on this one. I hope Rio will like it...

Stefan

Dave Martell
04-16-2011, 12:26 AM
Stefan, what woods are these?

apicius9
04-16-2011, 12:43 AM
Stefan, what woods are these?


The handle is more rustic piece of koa, the ferrule is red mallee burl, and there is a mammoth tooth piece at the end. I had originally hoped for more contrast between the mallee and the koa, but it turned out that the mallee had some sapwood that I had not noticed while it was still covered with resin. But I thought it felt really nice in the hand.

Stefan

Dave Martell
04-16-2011, 12:47 AM
The handle feels great and even though the woods are similar they go well together. I would have never guessed the main piece to be koa but then again I'm no wood expert.

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=243&d=1302908941

apicius9
04-16-2011, 01:02 AM
That's what I love about koa, it comes in so many different shades and patterns. I thought this more rustic piece here might go well with the knife, especially once it has started some patina. O.k., I am off to the shop now or it will get too late...

Stefan

riverie
04-16-2011, 10:59 AM
Thank you Dave n Stefan :). You guys always do wonderful job. Can't wait to use it though.

mhenry
04-16-2011, 10:56 PM
Beautiful knife Rick :wink:

Dave Martell
04-20-2011, 06:49 PM
Kyle's 240 Konosuke HD with a new OTSH (Off The Shelf Handle) installed...

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=259&d=1303336174

Kyle
04-21-2011, 03:39 AM
That looks great, I can't wait to get it in my hands! :)

apicius9
04-21-2011, 04:26 AM
Nice looking knife, I like the lines of the blade, very clean. I hope you will have fun with it, Kyle,

Stefan

chazmtb
04-21-2011, 02:17 PM
Wow, what a knife and handle. Who needs marbled horn ;)

Kyle
04-21-2011, 05:07 PM
Wow, what a knife and handle. Who needs marbled horn ;)

I certainly love marbled horn, but I was drawn to the rustic look of this handle. :)

Dave Martell
06-01-2011, 01:04 PM
Here's a couple more just rehandled with Stefan's work.

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=668&d=1306944261

unkajonet
06-01-2011, 01:09 PM
Damn, Dave! I didn't know you were doing honyaki knives for your first run! Nice engraving. Can't wait to see mine! :rofl2:

Seriously, beautiful work! :thumbsup:

Dave Martell
06-01-2011, 01:14 PM
Damn, Dave! I didn't know you were doing honyaki knives for your first run! Nice engraving. Can't wait to see mine! :rofl2:



I only have another 10 or so of these to do too!

Kentucky Jeff
06-01-2011, 04:00 PM
Curses...not mine...

Dave Martell
06-01-2011, 06:40 PM
Curses...not mine...

Nope but it's in the pile (I mean - line up). :D

chazmtb
06-01-2011, 09:42 PM
Oh wow. Beautiful handles and even more beautiful knives. This is the first time I have seen a polished kinaru ame with such engraving. Shinichi should have polished the choi a little bit more, but darn, that's beautiful work.

As without saying, Stefan's work is awesome.

apicius9
06-02-2011, 07:34 PM
Thanks Bao. I'm just wondering why the pics always show the little flaws that I didn't catch...

Stefan

Dave Martell
06-06-2011, 05:20 PM
Jeff's Suisin Gyuto.....

Dave Martell
06-06-2011, 05:22 PM
Tim's 360mm Shigefusa Kitaeji Yanagiba....

Dave Martell
06-06-2011, 05:23 PM
Stefan, can you give us the stats on the handles?

Kentucky Jeff
06-06-2011, 06:35 PM
Dave,
I can tell you about the handle on my Suisin INOX Honyaki--its black horn ferrule, red coral spacer, and stabilized black ash burl. I was very happy with the handle as it came out. I really liked the original handle on the Suisin but as you saw it had a cracked ferrule. The handle Stefan made is almost the same exact size as the original sans the round bottom profile of course. How did it sharpen up?

apicius9
06-06-2011, 06:57 PM
Thanks for the pics, Dave, I didn't even take any before I sent those out to you. Jeff described his already, but I have to admit that there is a question mark over the red material - I kept calling it red coral, but it might have been rhodonite. I think there was a mix-up in one of my orderes a while ago.

The other one is thuya burl with a maple ferrule and black/honey horn spacers plus a damascus endcap that is secured with a hidden pin. It came out a little long, but it's a 360mm knife and I wanted to make it rather longer than shorter - I hope Tim will approve... The damascus is o.k., I had picked that up a while ago as bolster pieces, long before we had all the masters of damascus on this board - actually, the handle was as good as done long before this board was started. Dave was nice enough to etch it for me, I had been sitting here scratching my head about how to best do that...

Hope that explains it all,

Stefan

WildBoar
06-06-2011, 07:15 PM
Oh man, that 360 Shigi is really sweet! That's wall-art right there!

JohnnyChance
06-07-2011, 03:33 AM
Wow, that shig yanagi handle is freakin awesome! Well done Stefan.

apicius9
06-07-2011, 05:14 PM
Wow, that shig yanagi handle is freakin awesome! Well done Stefan.

Hey, I just did hat Tim asked me to ;) Thanks,

Stefan

Potato42
06-08-2011, 12:38 AM
Hey, I just did hat Tim asked me to ;) Thanks,

Stefan

He's so humble... don't let him fool you Stefan has got some skills. I may as well use a chainsaw for all the wood I'd waste trying to get something like that.

Dave Martell
06-08-2011, 12:32 PM
Here's a Konosuke HD is red bakelite. The pictures look like crud in comparison to real life, the handle is almost translucent and 3D, it's very nice.

JohnnyChance
06-08-2011, 02:21 PM
That is perhaps my favorite Stefan handle ever.

chazmtb
06-08-2011, 02:23 PM
Wow, that's beautiful.

Great job and great attention to detail, Stefan.

mhenry
06-08-2011, 10:36 PM
Very Cool!!

steeley
06-09-2011, 08:07 PM
That is what i like about Stefan work he try's different things
with a artist eye .
must look for Bakelite .:hula:

Dave Martell
06-09-2011, 09:39 PM
I love the Bakelite handles.

apicius9
06-09-2011, 10:10 PM
I love the Bakelite handles.

Don't you still have one? Now you can make your own knife for it :)

Stefan

Dave Martell
06-09-2011, 11:38 PM
Don't you still have one? Now you can make your own knife for it :)

Stefan


Yes sir, I still have it and I was thinking the same thing. :EDance2:

Dave Martell
06-09-2011, 11:39 PM
Tomorrow will be the Stefan Keller personal collection motherload rehandle knife gallery update.....stay tuned! :D

Pensacola Tiger
06-09-2011, 11:42 PM
Tomorrow will be the Stefan Keller personal collection motherload rehandle knife gallery update.....stay tuned! :D

Can't wait - bring it on!

apicius9
06-09-2011, 11:53 PM
:EDance2::hula::Beersausage:

Oooohh, sounds exciting. Not sure I remember all the ones I sent you, so I will be surprised also ... :happy2:

Stefan

Dave Martell
06-10-2011, 01:39 PM
Here is Stefan's newest 5 rehandles, most are for his own collection. The Warther is a western to wa conversion.

Now leave me alone Stefan! :razz: :lol2:


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=775&d=1307723977

JohnnyChance
06-10-2011, 01:48 PM
Good looking handles as always. That one on the left might be the thinnest suji/petty I have ever seen!

Dave Martell
06-10-2011, 01:50 PM
I forgot to mention that these are Stefan's reject handles.

chazmtb
06-10-2011, 02:37 PM
Boy that Carter Suji handle looks mighty familiar. Looks great Stefan, can't even tell the blemish, unless you point it out;).

apicius9
06-10-2011, 05:09 PM
Looking good, Dave, I'll take them :). I hope they dodn't give you too much trouble. The thin one is a Moritaka tha was supposed to be like a Tadatsuna petty but came out more narrow. Great for skinning fish etc. Bao, I was hesitating to use that handle because I didn't want to take away the uniqueness of yours, but It was just too nice to throw it away... That warther looks really interesting, that should be fun to use. Thanks Dave!

Stefan

JohnnyChance
06-11-2011, 01:45 AM
What is the wood on the Warther? Looks cool.

apicius9
06-11-2011, 06:35 PM
What is the wood on the Warther? Looks cool.

That's dyed maple burl. That piece had a few issues, some voids and mini cracks. I filled them but wasn't 100% sure everything would hold up, so I had Dave put it on my own knife - looks like it worked out after all...

The Warther should be interesting. They now use CPM S35VN which is not a bad knife steel from what I understand. And there are not too many wa conversions of that knife out there. We'll see how that works in the kitchen.

The koa handle on the Carter slicer is an earlier version of the one I made for Bao - I messed this one up, sanded it too thin and then actually broke through the side wall. It was just a very small hole, but then I poked around and it bcame a huge one :bashhead: I filled it with koa dust and epoxy, but you can see it, I just didn't know how to emulate the pattern of the koa with my filling. I was going to throw it away, but the koa and the horn are both so nice tat I decided to keep it - and the Carter was the only knife that was a match in size.

The black one with the kukui tip and the slim koa one with the mammoth endcap just came out very slim and I was wondering what to do with them, but for the ultra slim Moritka slicer and the thin fuguhiki they should work great.

Stefan

Kentucky Jeff
06-12-2011, 01:30 PM
I got my Suisin Gyuto from Dave this week and as usual the work on both ends of this project were impeccable. Thanks to both Dave and Stefan for really making my personal laser a very special knife.

Dave Martell
06-12-2011, 03:04 PM
I got my Suisin Gyuto from Dave this week and as usual the work on both ends of this project were impeccable. Thanks to both Dave and Stefan for really making my personal laser a very special knife.


You're welcome Jeff, I'm glad to be able to do my little part. Thanks!

timcarter
06-12-2011, 08:07 PM
Just want to say the 360mm Shigefusa Kitaeji Yanagiba (pictured on Page 7 of this thread) was waiting on my porch when I got home from a trip today. I can state conclusively that the dynamic duo of Stefan and Dave has come through again. Wow, this one is something to behold! It's beautiful and handles well--balances just slightly forward of the choil. Stefan, all that time pawing through and fondling your blanks paid off. I knew that maple was outstanding from an earlier handle and that thuya blank just screamed potential; it definitely lives up to it. And I finally have one with a damascus endcap. I know it was a serious pain in the a** to work with, but the result speaks for itself.

Dave, your usual superlative job of bringing steel and stick into harmony. The etch really popped the damascus. Thanks!

You all know I don't have any drawer queens, but this sword is going to take me a little while to sully with mere food. My boys will be fighting over this one someday.

Cheers,

Tim

Dave Martell
06-12-2011, 08:12 PM
Hi Tim, it's great to see you here (welcome!) and it's even better to see that you're so happy with your knife. It sure is one of the baddest around! Thanks for letting me work on it. :)

Dave

Potato42
06-12-2011, 09:21 PM
Nice lookin' handles Stefan. Even your rejects are amazing!

Dave Martell
06-13-2011, 12:42 PM
Here's a couple of Shigefusas....

WildBoar
06-13-2011, 01:09 PM
Nice! They look like they should be in the library/ smoking room of a mens club, surrounded by patina'd leather chairs and cigar smoke :)

JohnnyChance
06-13-2011, 02:11 PM
Yeah, very classy.

Dave Martell
06-13-2011, 02:59 PM
The owner has another 6 handles exactly the same coming in for re-handling.

apicius9
06-13-2011, 08:38 PM
The owner has another 6 handles exactly the same coming in for re-handling.

I hope the sizes will work out, some of these knives seem to have huge tangs... I would love to see the whole set when they are done, and I am sure that will be possible.

Stefan

Dave Martell
06-13-2011, 08:50 PM
The two Shige tangs here were a bit longer than I would have liked, especially the gyuto but it all worked out.

Dave Martell
07-24-2011, 12:14 PM
Here's two of Noah's knives all ready to go from a day at the spa. :)

The top one is a Yamawaku gyuto handled in an OTSH (Off the Shelf Handle) - maple body with zirocote ferrule.

The bottom ones is a Takeda funayaki handled in blue mahoe body with rosewood ferrule & endcap.


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1139&d=1311520472

Dave Martell
08-27-2011, 07:42 PM
These two are different than usual handles. Stefan made them to customer specs, they're asymmetric with wider top sides. You can see the shape from the bottom of the handle shot.

The knives are Yoshikane but the wood is a mystery to me....Stefan help? :)

Dave Martell
08-27-2011, 09:24 PM
The wood used for the above handle set is amboyna and ironwood.

Eamon Burke
08-28-2011, 02:34 AM
Those are some mighty peculiar handles, but that is some GORGEOUS wood. Bravo.

apicius9
08-28-2011, 03:50 AM
I did scratch my head a bit over these and the unusual shape, but the customer gave me the sizes down to 1/16", so I just sanded away anything thatnwas not a handle... And the amboyna really is from a nice piece. But I have another one coming, best amboyna piece I have ever used :)

Stefan

Dave Martell
10-06-2011, 03:14 PM
Western to Wa Conversion/Rehandle

add
10-06-2011, 10:30 PM
Exquiste work as usual Dave.

Please id the materials if you wood. :)

Vertigo
10-06-2011, 10:44 PM
Please id the materials if you wood. :)
That's knot a bad request!

Dave Martell
10-07-2011, 01:27 AM
Oh you guys are on stage tonight? :D

The wood is Cook Pine

unkajonet
10-07-2011, 01:50 AM
Dave always has a handle on things...

Dave Martell
10-13-2011, 02:27 PM
Watanabe gyuto (I think honyaki?) with Stefan handle. I believe the wood is blackwood with vintage red bakelite ferrule and red mammoth tooth end cap. Did I get that correct Stefan?

Pretty nice package! :)


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1995&d=1318526816

obtuse
10-13-2011, 02:57 PM
Beautiful! Great match

TDj
10-13-2011, 09:14 PM
whoa, that mammoth tooth is a perfect match - is it dyed or something?

apicius9
10-13-2011, 10:03 PM
whoa, that mammoth tooth is a perfect match - is it dyed or something?

Nope, depending on the minerals in the ground they take on different colors. The two reds just happened to match well. I have a few more blackwood handles almost done that combine blue bakelite and blue mammoth tooth, and one that has yellow tooth and artificial amber.

Looks great on the knife, Dave. I also think that's the honyaki gyuto from what I remember.

Stefan

JohnnyChance
10-14-2011, 05:38 AM
Damn, bakelite and mammoth, two of my favorites.

Dave Martell
10-14-2011, 01:37 PM
Here's one of our practice yanagis that we used to sell with a major handle upgrade made by Stefan. I did some lovin to the blade also on this so the owner got himself quite a new knife coming back to him. I know that he'll enjoy this a lot. :)

PS - Stefan will have to give the wood details on this one. :O


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2003&d=1318610198

apicius9
10-14-2011, 01:52 PM
Nice, I wasn't sure about the size because I had seen the little knife only once, but it looks like a great match. It's AZ ironwood and the ferrule is mango.

Stefan

Dave Martell
10-14-2011, 02:29 PM
The handle is the perfect size Stefan, you did good. :thumbsup:

Eamon Burke
10-14-2011, 05:05 PM
These are neeeeeat.

mhenry
10-14-2011, 09:43 PM
Here's one of our practice yanagis that we used to sell with a major handle upgrade made by Stefan. I did some lovin to the blade also on this so the owner got himself quite a new knife coming back to him. I know that he'll enjoy this a lot. :)

PS - Stefan will have to give the wood details on this one. :O


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2003&d=1318610198

Beautiful handle Stefan. Really like that little slicer, I want one!!

geezr
10-15-2011, 02:57 AM
Nice, I wasn't sure about the size because I had seen the little knife only once, but it looks like a great match. It's AZ ironwood and the ferrule is mango.

Stefan

Thank you Dave :thumbsup::knight: and Stefan :thumbsup::knight:

apicius9
10-15-2011, 03:02 AM
Thanks guys, and you are welcome, Ken. I really like playing around with different materials and designs, but sometimes the very basic and modest ones look the best.

Stefan

Andrew H
10-15-2011, 12:50 PM
Thanks guys, and you are welcome, Ken. I really like playing around with different materials and designs, but sometimes the very basic and modest ones look the best.

Stefan
Nothing says modest like ironwood.
Great work Stefan and Dave.

geezr
10-20-2011, 07:44 PM
Nothing says modest like ironwood.
Great work Stefan and Dave.
:plus1: received knife, used knife :knife:
Really nice and feels good to use.:knight:
Also posted on Dave's thread re. finger stones.:)

Dave Martell
10-20-2011, 08:06 PM
I had a feeling that you'd like this one Ken, it's a real beauty now.

Dave Martell
10-28-2011, 01:51 PM
Josh's Shigefusa gyuto with a new Stefan handle. This handle didn't want it's pictures taken so I only have a couple to show.


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2189&d=1319820659

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2188&d=1319820653

Dave Martell
10-28-2011, 01:53 PM
Here is Rick's Carter deba with new handle....


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2190&d=1319820806

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2191&d=1319820812

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2192&d=1319820818

Josh
10-28-2011, 05:42 PM
hubba hubba

can't wait for my shig - I miss my 240 already!!

Fantastic work Stefan -

Dave Martell
10-28-2011, 06:53 PM
hubba hubba

can't wait for my shig - I miss my 240 already!!

Fantastic work Stefan -


That's one of the nicest ground & finished Shige double bevels I've had my hands on, very nice.

apicius9
10-28-2011, 07:23 PM
That's one of the nicest ground & finished Shige double bevels I've had my hands on, very nice.

That was the first Shige I had in my hands, and I was admiring the finish.

It's a bit sad to see both knives beautified and knowing they will not come back to my own knife block, but I hope you guys will have fun with them!

Stefan

Dave Martell
10-28-2011, 08:04 PM
Is the Shige's wood kauri?

apicius9
10-28-2011, 08:16 PM
Yep, kauri, horn and the M3 material in damascus look.

Stefan

Dave Martell
12-28-2011, 03:07 PM
:)

Gator
12-28-2011, 05:39 PM
My babies :) Thanks Stefan and Dave!!!

Johnny.B.Good
12-28-2011, 08:04 PM
My babies :) Thanks Stefan and Dave!!!

I can't identify all of those...but they are beauties!

Dave Martell
12-29-2011, 03:27 PM
Here are Mike K's latest 2 Stefan re-handles....

chazmtb
12-29-2011, 03:31 PM
That's a sexy pair, shigi and nabi.

hien
12-30-2011, 12:37 AM
like x 10

Mr. Clean
01-14-2012, 09:19 AM
Top one: A gift from ITK, Stephan, Dave, many thanks. It's a knife forever

http://mortensonphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v41/p290404699-4.jpg

Bryan G.
01-14-2012, 10:07 AM
Here's a Konosuke HD is red bakelite. The pictures look like crud in comparison to real life, the handle is almost translucent and 3D, it's very nice.

I am never jealous, but I think I am on the verge here ... I have been wanting a bakelite handle from Stefan, specially in the red ever since I saw the Wantanabe on CKTG. Now that I've got myself focused 110% in life I see one of these in my future at some point! Absolutely stunning, I could not of pictured it any better.

Kind Regards

RRLOVER
01-17-2012, 12:06 AM
http://i515.photobucket.com/albums/t359/mario164/IMG_2257.jpg

Here's three I picked up from Stefan.The handle on the top is the coolest wood I had ever seen.You really have to see it in person to believe how 3d it was.I would pay dearly if you have a chunk hidden somewhere:D

ecchef
01-17-2012, 01:13 AM
Top one: A gift from ITK, Stephan, Dave, many thanks. It's a knife forever

http://mortensonphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s3/v41/p290404699-4.jpg

What's the spacer on that Takeda?

Dave Martell
01-19-2012, 02:52 PM
Here is Michael's new handle.
I'm sorry but I don't know the maker or the handle materials used. :O

One thing for sure is that these pictures don;t do the handle justice. I re-shot this knife twice with the same results. The yellow shows too bold and the handle color is a lighter gray. It looks great in person though.
I really love your D-shaped handles Stefan, they're my favorite. :thumbsup:

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=3891&d=1326999123

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=3889&d=1326999109

apicius9
01-19-2012, 05:36 PM
Thanks guys!

Mario, I think that was spalted Norfolk pine, definitely a beautiful wood. I have a stunning octagonal gyuto handle in themworks from that material...

Dave, the spacer is some reconstituted stone. I called it coral for a while, but think I had that mixed up and it is jasper.

Thanks Dave, the ferrule is dyed box elder burl and the handle is dyed maple. I sometimes have mixed feelings about my d-handles. I shape them completely free-hand from sqare blocks on the sander and they are easier to mess up than the octagonals. And I make them until I think they feel right, but hardly ever do I get two of them to be exactly the same shape. But maybe that is a good thing...

Stefan

bcrano
01-19-2012, 05:44 PM
I'm so jealous! I loved that handle and wanted it bad -- just didn't think it was the right size. So cool looking. Great job Stefan!

Dave Martell
01-19-2012, 06:12 PM
Dave, the spacer is some reconstituted stone. I called it coral for a while, but think I had that mixed up and it is jasper.

That explains a lot! I was cursing that spacer, I just couldn't file it away and it dulled my rasps. :bat:




Thanks Dave, the ferrule is dyed box elder burl and the handle is dyed maple. I sometimes have mixed feelings about my d-handles. I shape them completely free-hand from sqare blocks on the sander and they are easier to mess up than the octagonals. And I make them until I think they feel right, but hardly ever do I get two of them to be exactly the same shape. But maybe that is a good thing...

Stefan

I do love your D's, I think I've told you that before. They're so silky smooth and feel great in the hand. Every time I get one in I sit there admiring it.

ecchef
01-19-2012, 09:58 PM
I'm so jealous! I loved that handle and wanted it bad -- just didn't think it was the right size. So cool looking. Great job Stefan!

I've been looking at that one for a long time as well...just didn't have a blade to fit! Glad it finally went to a good home.

apicius9
01-19-2012, 10:57 PM
That grey handle had been around for so long that I thought nobody liked it. Wish I had more of the maple, only enough left for 2-3 ferrules. But still 4 full length pieces of the yellow box elder.

St

Bryan G.
01-20-2012, 12:39 AM
Nothing wrong with a couple D's with different shapes. Gives each one a unique feel!

Stefan that handle is sick, and I am not one for flashy yellows and such, the grey plays perfect with it. And for a D it looks comfy, rounded just right.

mdoublestack
01-20-2012, 04:20 AM
Oh yeah, thats my handle! On ma 240mm Mizuno Tanrejo Gyuto - think it is a great fit. I am so psyched about this setup! Ill chime in again when I get it in my hand. Thanks guys

apicius9
01-20-2012, 04:44 AM
Glad you like it, Michael, really looks like a great match. IMHO, what makes the grey and yellow combo here so neat is that the yellow actually is double dyed and also has some grey in it, the two pieces correspond perfectly with each other.

Stefan

Dave Martell
02-08-2012, 02:47 PM
Ben F's deba with it's new handle. This one is finished beautifully, Stefan did a fantastic job here. :thumbsup: However I'm ashamed that my pictures don't live up to the level of his work. What can I say, it was snowing and wind was blowing. :scared4:

Dave Martell
02-09-2012, 01:34 PM
Here are Karl's Takedas with new handles....

Dave Martell
03-11-2012, 05:02 PM
Here's 4 very unique knife handle combos that I just got finished mounting up for Sean. As usual Stefan did a great job on these! :doublethumbsup:

Guess the knives anyone? :)

mhenry
03-11-2012, 05:13 PM
Those are the coolest ever

ThEoRy
03-11-2012, 05:59 PM
Magical.

Andrew H
03-11-2012, 06:13 PM
Could we get a list of the knives, Sean?

bcrano
03-11-2012, 07:27 PM
Really great as ever!

geezr
03-11-2012, 09:17 PM
Really great as ever!

:plus1:
WOW - the handles with white are really nice :)

Johnny.B.Good
03-12-2012, 01:47 PM
WOW - the handles with white are really nice

Yes, Stefan's "imperial collection." Very unique.

Those are some polished blades too...

Dave Martell
03-12-2012, 02:55 PM
Stefan's "imperial collection."


I like that LOL :D

ThEoRy
03-12-2012, 06:37 PM
Hey, I started that! Don't I get some kind of royalty fee? Like a one wa handle per month sorta thing?

apicius9
03-12-2012, 06:56 PM
Hey, I started that! Don't I get some kind of royalty fee? Like a one wa handle per month sorta thing?

That's about my monthly production these days. ;) But I am on it. Counted this weekend, I have 55 handles on my work desk in states between 'ready for gluing' and 'almost done'. Working on so many simultaneously occasionally feels like progress is extremely slow, but I have been working consistently over the past few weeks. Hope to get a few off the table soon.

Stefan

Johnny.B.Good
03-12-2012, 07:03 PM
Hey, I started that!

It didn't take until I said it. ;)

Dave Martell
03-12-2012, 07:05 PM
LOL :D

Dave Martell
03-20-2012, 02:27 PM
Here's Miguel's custom Watanabe gyuto with a very unique handle combo from Stefan. This one looks way better in person than the pictures show.

Dave Martell
03-20-2012, 03:05 PM
Katagi Honyaki Gyuto - the handle is kingwood with a lightly spalted maple ferrule

SpikeC
03-20-2012, 05:52 PM
Beautiful stuff! Butt speaking of santukos, how is that Katagi different from a really long santuko?

dav
04-02-2012, 05:28 PM
Some lovely work here, as an ex carpenter who has loved working with wood much of his life its lovely to see. I think I might just try my hand at making a few for myself, lovely Stefan!

ecchef
04-02-2012, 08:05 PM
Beautiful stuff! Butt speaking of santukos, how is that Katagi different from a really long santuko?

I dunno, but it has the same profile as my Takeda. :dontknow:

geezr
04-02-2012, 08:39 PM
Katagi Honyaki Gyuto - the handle is kingwood with a lightly spalted maple ferrule
Really nice :)
So I take out from box my Takagi Honyaki gyuto, shown in picture at left, with handle by Stefan and installed by Dave and blade sharpened by Dave :thumbsup:
Also really nice, with handle being more complex and darker. Although described a gyuto the blade shape resemble santoku. My knife has not been thinned so it is hefty/mighty? but using it is very enjoyable. It is in box for now as I am focusing on using single bevel knives :knife:

heirkb
04-08-2012, 01:22 PM
Here's Miguel's custom Watanabe gyuto with a very unique handle combo from Stefan. This one looks way better in person than the pictures show.

If I leave the thumbnails smaller, this one reminds me of Starry Night (https://www.google.com/search?ix=aca&q=van+gogh+starry+night&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=JLuBT_OqEKbf0QHT9YHhBw&biw=1773&bih=830&sei=KbuBT_zwCsfm0QHznLWECA).

Johnny.B.Good
04-08-2012, 01:24 PM
If I leave the thumbnails smaller, this one reminds me of Starry Night (https://www.google.com/search?ix=aca&q=van+gogh+starry+night&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=JLuBT_OqEKbf0QHT9YHhBw&biw=1773&bih=830&sei=KbuBT_zwCsfm0QHznLWECA).

Good call.

Dave Martell
04-19-2012, 02:31 PM
Here is Chris' Mashahiro (?) western petty (1/2 tang) that's been converted to a Stefan wa handle.



BEFORE
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010003-26.jpg


AFTER
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010005-32.jpg



BEFORE
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010005-31.jpg


AFTER
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010004-22.jpg



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v438/dmart/P1010006-24.jpg

Dave Martell
04-19-2012, 02:34 PM
Here are two more of Chris' knives. Kumagoro & Hattori FH gyutos...

Dave Martell
04-19-2012, 02:38 PM
Here are Jerome's new re-handles. Suisin Inox & Gesshin Ginga gyutos....

WildBoar
04-19-2012, 02:48 PM
Are all of those handles from Stefan? They are super nice!

Dave Martell
04-19-2012, 02:50 PM
Are all of those handles from Stefan? They are super nice!


Yup they're all Stefan's :)

WildBoar
04-19-2012, 02:55 PM
Haha, sorry -- thought this was a thread in your forum. Stefan -- those are some killer handles!

Mucho Bocho
04-19-2012, 03:00 PM
Wow are those nice, that is an understatement. Unfortunately most of the cheap knives I have like Konosuke HD and Takeda cost more to re handle than the actual knife. That is if Stephan was accepting orders from regular folk.

ThEoRy
04-19-2012, 10:46 PM
Unfortunately most of the cheap knives I have like Konosuke HD and Takeda cost more to re handle than the actual knife.


So what? Never stopped me before. :D

Dave Martell
04-19-2012, 11:35 PM
Yeah I'd have to say that a good percentage of the knives I install handles on aren't valued as highly as the handles themselves but it never stops people from going there. I'm glad for that too! :D

SameGuy
04-20-2012, 12:12 AM
I plan to send Dave a Tojiro bread knife fairly soon. That's exactly true. It's a cheap knife, but it is valued. A custom handle would make it much, much more awesomer.

SpikeC
04-20-2012, 04:22 PM
I am reminded of the Forschner bread knife the Oivind owns.........

SameGuy
04-21-2012, 12:31 AM
I'm just waiting to hear back from Stefan if the purple-dyed tamarind handle is still up for grabs... :)

SameGuy
04-21-2012, 03:11 AM
LOL. Just noticed one of you hooligans changed my User Title. :D

Dave Martell
06-02-2012, 04:04 PM
Here is Mattrud's Carter slicer with new Stefan handle installed. Stefan please give us the details on this beauty. :)

add
06-02-2012, 04:20 PM
Nice.

Haven't seen sambar stag bark used on an end cap yet...

apicius9
06-02-2012, 04:33 PM
I like it, I hope Matt does also. Interesting knife, it's wider than I had pictured it, mine is clearly slimmer. The handle is Australian black mulga with horn ferrule and nickel silver spacer. The mulga pieces I have are well seasoned, very dense, and quite dark, remind me of iron wood burl. Stag is a good idea for an end cap, but this one here is mammoth ivory bark.

Stefan

Burl Source
06-02-2012, 08:34 PM
Now that is cool!
Pretty piece of Black Mulga, (one of koa's cousins)
I really like this one. Good Job Stefan.

Dave Martell
06-02-2012, 08:37 PM
I had absolutely no idea what wood this is.

obtuse
06-02-2012, 08:54 PM
That handle is one of the best of the bunch I've gotten to work on :)

mhenry
06-02-2012, 09:09 PM
Beautiful, and the finish looks perfect. I really need help in that dept.

markenki
06-03-2012, 01:08 PM
Looks great!

mattrud
06-03-2012, 11:56 PM
I have to say I am really happy with this handle (and the knife after dave saved it). The handle really matches the knife very well. Wouldn't change a thing.

Dave Martell
06-10-2012, 02:03 PM
Here is ElPesky's Carter petty(?) in ironwood handle....

Dave Martell
06-10-2012, 02:05 PM
Now we have Adam B's Carter nakiri....

mattrud
06-10-2012, 02:07 PM
Dave, How many carters would you say you have re-handled?

Dave Martell
06-10-2012, 02:10 PM
Dave, How many carters would you say you have re-handled?


Mega-amounts :D

I'd guess Carter & Watanabe as being the most rehandled wa knives.

cookinstuff
06-10-2012, 08:47 PM
Wow, that is some nice work Stefan and Dave, real nice. Can't wait to beat up some veggies with that nakiri. Thanks alot.

Dave Martell
07-14-2012, 06:46 PM
Here is Nolan's little Takeda with it's new Stefan handle...

Dave Martell
07-14-2012, 06:47 PM
Next up is Yash's little knife from Shigefusa with it's new Stefan handle mounted up...

mhenry
07-14-2012, 07:11 PM
You two guys are a helluva team. Beautiful work as always

Dave Martell
07-14-2012, 07:44 PM
You two guys are a helluva team. Beautiful work as always


Thanks Mike but it's really all Stefan doing the magic here, I get to the easy part to do. :)

mhenry
07-14-2012, 07:49 PM
That part kicks my butt, it aint easy



Thanks Mike but it's really all Stefan doing the magic here, I get to the easy part to do. :)

SpikeC
07-14-2012, 09:14 PM
Those knives are going to make for some really happy times in the kitchen, I think!

apicius9
07-14-2012, 11:47 PM
I am always a little worried about the sizes when I make handles for knives I don't know, but it looks like the sizes are ok for those two :). As for the 'easy part', I usually send my own knives for rehandlng to Dave, because he does such a good job. It's definitely more tricky work than many people imagine.

Thanks for the pics, Dave, more rehandling work will be in the mail to you shortly...

Stefan

Dave Martell
07-15-2012, 02:35 PM
Here is Jeff's Aritsugu A-types with their new Stefan Keller handles. These handles are simply fantastic! The quilted maple (I'm assuming that's what we have here) is stunning (oh and if you have more of this wood Stefan I'll take it off your hands - LOL) and the buffalo and black palm ferrules are done very nicely too. :doublethumbsup:


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=8571&d=1342373691

apicius9
07-15-2012, 03:03 PM
A while ago I had tried selling some of that maple here without takers. I guess my marketing sucks ;)

Stefan

Dave Martell
07-15-2012, 03:07 PM
A while ago I had tried selling some of that maple here without takers. I guess my marketing sucks ;)

Stefan


Nah, it's more like we have no vision :D

Kentucky Jeff
07-15-2012, 03:07 PM
A while ago I had tried selling some of that maple here without takers. I guess my marketing sucks ;)

Stefan


What am I? Chopped Liver?:biggrin:


Looks great Dave and of course it wasn't possible without Stefan:viking:

mhenry
07-15-2012, 03:33 PM
I should have bought some. it is beautiful

SpikeC
07-15-2012, 10:48 PM
Sweeeeeeet!

Dave Martell
07-16-2012, 01:31 PM
Today's install belongs to Julian. I really like this one. :)

JMac
07-16-2012, 01:51 PM
Nice work, Thank you.

echerub
07-16-2012, 02:40 PM
Oh wow... that one looks beauuuuuutiful!

Crothcipt
07-16-2012, 10:33 PM
that is sweet. Love how that handle pops.

Dave Martell
07-17-2012, 02:12 PM
Here is Rick's Tanaka yanagiba with it's new Stefan handle installed. Wow - talk about high end handle making, eh? :thumbsup:

I did a little blade TLC while the knife was here in the shop and I think the package came out well. I hope you like it Rick. :)

WildBoar
07-17-2012, 03:11 PM
I'm normally not a fan of dyed handles, but that turned out great!

mhenry
07-17-2012, 09:30 PM
I like that one too, and the finish is beautiful.

ThEoRy
07-17-2012, 11:41 PM
Here is Rick's Tanaka yanagiba with it's new Stefan handle installed. Wow - talk about high end handle making, eh? :thumbsup:

I did a little blade TLC while the knife was here in the shop and I think the package came out well. I hope you like it Rick. :)

Holy ****!! That's an upgrade!!! It looks even better on the blade. Can't wait till she's finally home. I can't even believe it's mine really.

I can't thank you guys enough for doing this for me. Thanks a million!!

Dave Martell
07-17-2012, 11:45 PM
Holy ****!! That's an upgrade!!! It looks even better on the blade. Can't wait till she's finally home. I can't even believe it's mine really.

I can't thank you guys enough for doing this for me. Thanks a million!!


I'm glad that you like it Rick, have fun with it. :)


PS - There's a guy on my FB page asking if it's for sale. :D

Crothcipt
07-18-2012, 12:47 AM
Wow some great looking dyed wood there. Loving the colors that have been coming through lately.

apicius9
07-18-2012, 01:37 AM
Glad you guys like them, those last ones took a while but I was happy with the outcomes. Btw, can anybody verify the blue wood in Rick's handle? I send maple burl, buckeye burl, and box elder burl out for dying and stabilizing. When they came back, I had a hard time telling the box elder from the maple (of course, I did not mark them...) - I am reasonably sure that is s box elder, but I have not used that very pften before. Any other interpretations? ;)

Stefan

P.S. Justin, your PM box is full...

Dave Martell
07-18-2012, 01:56 AM
It looks just like the dyed box elder that ArizonaIronwood sells so that's my vote. :)

Dave Martell
07-18-2012, 01:16 PM
Today we have a couple of Shigefusa rehandles that belong to Adam. The gyuto shows an amazing example of Norfolk pine outfitted with a beautifully streaked buffalo horn ferrule and I believe the yanagiba is koa with a Norfolk pine ferrule and silver spacer. As usual, Stefan please correct me if I'm wrong here. :)

obtuse
07-18-2012, 01:21 PM
Nice combo

SameGuy
07-18-2012, 01:33 PM
The Norfolk Island pine is amazing.

apicius9
07-18-2012, 02:45 PM
I almost forgot about those, I really like the combo of the two handles that are 'connected' through the use of the same pine wood on the pair of Shigefusas. And that gyuto handle has been a personal favorite, I would have kept it if I had had a gyuto left to rehandle for myself ;)

Stefan

cookinstuff
07-19-2012, 12:36 AM
Well Stefan, I must say I'm glad you gave it up. Thanks alot guys, you two truly work wonders. My Shigefusa are looking nice and classy, not too flashy. Wow, just wow, thanks again Stefan and Dave.

Dhenslee
07-19-2012, 11:33 PM
Stephan, do you have any handles available? I will buy a knife to fit it. As an old woodworker, I know good work when I see it.

apicius9
07-20-2012, 12:04 AM
Stephan, do you have any handles available? I will buy a knife to fit it. As an old woodworker, I know good work when I see it.

Thanks! The whole bottom row in this picture is available, I want to discuss a few modalities with Dave first and will then post them individually. But if something jumps out at you, you can email me at customorders at japanesehandles.com.

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Stefan

Dave Martell
07-20-2012, 02:07 AM
What the????:bigeek:

obtuse
07-20-2012, 02:52 AM
Stefan's been busy!

Crothcipt
07-20-2012, 02:53 AM
Lol I think Dave just saw any spare time go out the window.

mhenry
07-20-2012, 11:00 PM
Bottom row 7th from the left for my 245mm Carter gyuto?

SameGuy
07-20-2012, 11:35 PM
Love it!

obtuse
07-20-2012, 11:37 PM
Bottom row 7th from the left for my 245mm Carter gyuto?

That's one of my favorites, perfect for a light gyuto or small yanagiba.

mhenry
07-20-2012, 11:46 PM
That's one of my favorites, perfect for a light gyuto or small yanagiba.

Thanks, I want it. I miss having a Stefan handle in my set since selling my Watanabe

Crothcipt
07-21-2012, 01:28 AM
I like the one 2 to the right from the red and white striped one. Hoping that is big enough for a santoku, since my other choice was to small.

Dave Martell
07-21-2012, 03:52 PM
Today we have Bob's yanagiba with it's new Stefan handle mounted. Very nice little package here. :)

EdipisReks
07-21-2012, 05:26 PM
that looks awesome!

apicius9
07-21-2012, 05:38 PM
This is exciting, I had forgotten about some of these handles :D Looks like you have been busy, Dave.

Stefan

Dave Martell
07-25-2012, 01:26 PM
Here's a 6-pack of Stefan handles mounted on Mike & Travis' knives. I believe 5 of them belong to Mike's although I'm not sure which ones. *Note - there's a Carter usuba seen here.

kalaeb
07-25-2012, 01:55 PM
Wow!

Johnny.B.Good
07-25-2012, 02:15 PM
There are some beauties in this batch for sure...

Well done Stefan!

DoubleA
07-31-2012, 08:57 AM
Name the knife:

Middle one in the picture. Shopping for a suji, love at first sight except i want the 300mm.

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=8772&d=1343233515

tkern
07-31-2012, 02:41 PM
Gesshin Ginga from JKI. Its a great knife, I use it all the time. It has a little flex, very light, and takes an edge very nicely.