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Marko Tsourkan
09-28-2011, 06:02 PM
Hey folks,
I have about 10 orders on hand (this including two knives I intend to pass around) and I will start working on them this coming weekend. There will be gyuto (255mm, 240mm, 180mm), suii (270mm), petty (150mm). All the measurements are on the edge. Also, there will be one 240mm gyuto in ladder Damascus that I forged at Devin's last November.

I think I got enough feedback to get started, and will continue to learn, tweak and improve as I go forward.

I will try to take WIP pics whenever it is possible (I work by myself, so only two hands at my disposal), but I will do my best. Perhaps I set a camera on a tripod and use a timer.

These will be All Custom knives: cutting steel, profiling blanks, heat treating, grinding, finishing, handle/saya work is done by me on the premises.

Specs: 52100, ~62RC (each will be tested for hardness on a hardness tester), shallow convex-ground, polished blade, octagonal or modified D-handle (might be at a later stage, as need to make a few to practice), poplar (or custom wood) saya. Light and nimble, tuned up for performance. I will sharpen them to 5K.

Thanks for the encouragement and patience. Some pics will be up by this weekend.

M

PS: My new website is in works, and I have made some progress clearing old custom work orders, so hopefully, in 1 month or so, I will only concentrate on my knives and nothing else.

kalaeb
09-28-2011, 06:21 PM
Very cool, I definately wish you the best!

HHH Knives
09-28-2011, 06:23 PM
Cool, Congrats Marko.. Continued success to you. I look forward to seeing the progress shots and finished works. :)

EdipisReks
09-28-2011, 06:24 PM
good luck, Marko! i'm sure they'll be great. i'd love to be in a pass around. :)

Andrew H
09-28-2011, 06:39 PM
Best of luck to you in this crazy adventure!

riverie
09-28-2011, 07:03 PM
Finally Marko !!! I'm sure it will be a great knife, can't wait to get one for myself....

Marko Tsourkan
09-28-2011, 07:04 PM
Thanks guys. I too look forward to reviews (a little intimidated, as most makers) but at the same time, there is much to learn from those, and one has to assess one's work through a constructive criticism. I am ready for the beating, if need be. :)

M

EdipisReks
09-28-2011, 07:22 PM
Thanks guys. I too look forward to reviews (a little intimidated, as most makers) but at the same time, there is much to learn from those, and one has to assess one's work through a constructive criticism. I am ready for the beating, if need be. :)

M

if you'll allow one of your jewels to arrive in Cincinnati, i'll make sure you get any beating that is appropriate. ;)

tk59
09-28-2011, 07:41 PM
Good to see! I'm looking forward to checking these out, Marko!

wenus2
09-28-2011, 08:48 PM
I'm really looking forward to seeing the fruits of your labor here buddy. Best of luck to you!

RRLOVER
09-28-2011, 09:43 PM
Congrats,glad to see your in production mode.

Marko Tsourkan
09-28-2011, 09:52 PM
Thanks man. Got to send you some steel. Haven't gotten to it, damn it. :)

apicius9
09-28-2011, 10:07 PM
That should be fun, have a great start, Marko!

Stefan

RRLOVER
09-28-2011, 10:36 PM
Thanks man. Got to send you some steel. Haven't gotten to it, damn it. :)

Take your time,I just finished grinding the first of my cpm154 blades.One down,seven to go.

Dave Martell
09-28-2011, 11:25 PM
Awesome, may it go smooth & fast. :)

ThEoRy
09-28-2011, 11:27 PM
This is great news! Way to go man!

UglyJoe
09-28-2011, 11:41 PM
Awesome, Marko; I've been looking forward to seeing finished products from you for a long time. Congrats and good luck!

Marko Tsourkan
09-29-2011, 06:55 AM
Thanks you.

Darkhoek
09-29-2011, 02:19 PM
This has really been a Tour de Force for you, Marko. It seems like all baby steps have been taken with great consideration and in the right direction, and I have great expectations regarding these knives. Well done!

DarKHOeK

oivind_dahle
09-29-2011, 02:42 PM
This is really great news Marko!
Albert Einstein said: Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
I and others have been waiting for you to start to show off your knives. Im also looking forward to reviews.
I know several waiting for their knives, like everybody else I do to.
I truly believe you put the heart and soul into this. Im waiting for the postman to deliver the package.
?

Marko Tsourkan
09-29-2011, 02:47 PM
Mods, please ban Oivind. He is bugging me, here and on Skype. No wonder I get so little done :)

oivind_dahle
09-29-2011, 02:52 PM
Sorry!
Ill behave :)

mattrud
09-29-2011, 02:57 PM
Good to hear Marko and good luck.

Lefty
09-29-2011, 10:00 PM
OD, did you highlight the words "WILL YOU EVER DELIVER" on purpose? Either way, it was kinda spooky.

Marko Tsourkan
09-29-2011, 10:17 PM
OD, did you highlight the words "WILL YOU EVER DELIVER" on purpose? Either way, it was kinda spooky.

Me and Oivind go a long way back, so his jabs at me and my jabs at him, are more for entertainment purpose, than for real. :)

M

Andrew H
09-29-2011, 10:56 PM
Me and Oivind go a long way back, so his jabs at me and my jabs at him, are more for entertainment purpose, than for real. :)

M
For our entertainment or yours? :lol2:

Marko Tsourkan
09-29-2011, 11:00 PM
For our entertainment or yours? :lol2:

Everybody is invited. :)

mr drinky
09-29-2011, 11:15 PM
Let me correct this statement:


Me and Oivind go a long way back, so h̶i̶s̶ [her] jabs at me and my jabs at h̶i̶m̶ [her], are more for entertainment purpose, than for real. :)

M

Just helping our confused Norwegian out.

k.

Peco
09-30-2011, 03:14 AM
My veggies will beg for mercy :D

TDj
09-30-2011, 04:44 PM
Super-dumb question ... passaround? what passaround? I want in! (or maybe it's for more senior members?)

Marko Tsourkan
09-30-2011, 05:59 PM
Super-dumb question ... passaround? what passaround? I want in! (or maybe it's for more senior members?)

There are two knives in this batch that will be sent out for pass around. I will have a separate thread for it.

M

Marko Tsourkan
10-06-2011, 09:28 AM
I won't be taking any new orders until after Christmas. I am aiming to deliver all placed orders in time for Christmas.

Thanks,

M

Mattias504
10-09-2011, 06:04 PM
Awesome! Can't wait to see how these turn out.

Marko Tsourkan
10-10-2011, 01:45 PM
I cut steel from a sheet with an angle grinder, than use a hand-held bandsaw secured in a vice to cut the blanks to a rough shape, and finally profile them on a grinder. I am going to use blanks in the pictures below as templates (much more convenient than using paper). I won't form machi on these.

It looks like I will spend the whole week cutting, profiling, and heat treating.

I measure the length on the edge, so 275mm is actually 290mm gyuto tip to handle.

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kalaeb
10-10-2011, 02:02 PM
[QUOTE=Marko Tsourkan;48274]I cut steel from a sheet with an angle grinder, than use a hand-held bandsaw secured in a vice to cut the blanks to a rough shape, and finally profile them on a grinder. QUOTE]

That just sounds like alot of work! Have fun!:bladesmith:

Marko Tsourkan
10-10-2011, 02:05 PM
Yes it is. In the future, I am going to consider water-jet or laser cutting, but for now, I am stuck with a sheet of 52100 and a good chunk of W2.

M

obtuse
10-10-2011, 02:11 PM
Good to see things coming along. Cutting knives out is a lot of work... I tried once.

JohnnyChance
10-10-2011, 02:21 PM
You've been busy!

sachem allison
10-10-2011, 02:54 PM
I cut steel from a sheet with an angle grinder, than use a hand-held bandsaw secured in a vice to cut the blanks to a rough shape, and finally profile them on a grinder. I am going to use blanks in the pictures below as templates (much more convenient than using paper). I won't form machi on these.

It looks like I will spend the whole week cutting, profiling, and heat treating.

I measure the length on the edge, so 275mm is actually 290mm gyuto tip to handle.

1928

1929

1925

1927

1932
Marko, wouldn't it be easier and a lot quicker to use a plasma cutter? would that effect the steel in anyway? I can't imagine they would cost that much to buy and they don't take up that much space. It would have to be cheaper than the initial set up of a water jet job.:scratchhead:

Marko Tsourkan
10-10-2011, 02:58 PM
I don't own a plasma cutter, but once the profiles are finalized, it makes sense to have them waterjet cut, to cut down on a lengthy step in the process.

sachem allison
10-10-2011, 02:59 PM
I cut steel from a sheet with an angle grinder, than use a hand-held bandsaw secured in a vice to cut the blanks to a rough shape, and finally profile them on a grinder. I am going to use blanks in the pictures below as templates (much more convenient than using paper). I won't form machi on these.

It looks like I will spend the whole week cutting, profiling, and heat treating.

I measure the length on the edge, so 275mm is actually 290mm gyuto tip to handle.

1928

1929

1925

1927

1932
Marko, wouldn't it be easier and a lot quicker to use a plasma cutter? would that effect the steel in anyway? I can't imagine they would cost that much to buy and they don't take up that much space. It would have to be cheaper than the initial set up of a water jet job.:scratchhead:http://www.everlastgenerators.com/

sachem allison
10-10-2011, 03:01 PM
I don't own a plasma cutter, but once the profiles are finalized, it makes sense to have them waterjet cut, to cut down on a lengthy step in the process.
I gotcha, just thought I'd throw and idea out there.

99Limited
10-11-2011, 05:10 PM
I don't think a plasma cutter is as easy to master as it seems. I had a neighbor that's a custom knife maker. He cut his knife profiles with a band saw for decades. He finally bought a plasma cutter but after spending about a year, off and on, trying to get use to it he gave up and went back to the band saw.

sachem allison
10-11-2011, 05:33 PM
I don't think a plasma cutter is as easy to master as it seems. I had a neighbor that's a custom knife maker. He cut his knife profiles with a band saw for decades. He finally bought a plasma cutter but after spending about a year, off and on, trying to get use to it he gave up and went back to the band saw.

I used to use mine everyday, if you can follow a line you can use a plasma cutter. literally set the gun on the line, pull the trigger and trace what you want. you just need to get your settings right on gauge thickness and metal.

Marko Tsourkan
10-11-2011, 06:36 PM
I have a moratorium on buying new tools. Maybe next year I will give a plasma cutter another look. :(

M

sachem allison
10-12-2011, 03:21 AM
I have a moratorium on buying new tools. Maybe next year I will give a plasma cutter another look. :(

M
yea, I have a moratorium on buying new knives and look how that worked out.:laughat:

Marko Tsourkan
10-12-2011, 07:12 AM
yea, I have a moratorium on buying new knives and look how that worked out.:laughat:

I am sticking to it.

sachem allison
10-12-2011, 11:54 PM
I am sticking to it.

I believe you, I really do.

Marko Tsourkan
10-13-2011, 08:49 AM
I believe you, I really do.

When it comes to tools, I have no free will sometimes, but this time, I think I will hold steady.

M

mr drinky
10-13-2011, 09:08 AM
When it comes to tools, I have no free will sometimes, but this time, I think I will hold steady.

M

Do you still have two hardness testers? Maybe you could subtract some tools by selling, then buy something else and still technically be 'holding steady'. :)

k.

Marko Tsourkan
10-13-2011, 09:40 AM
Do you still have two hardness testers? Maybe you could subtract some tools by selling, then buy something else and still technically be 'holding steady'. :)

k.

Though I like to double on things, the second tester has been long bespoken. Just have to figure out how to ship it safely. An industrial quality bandsaw is high on my list of things to get next year, along with a few other tools, but that would depend if I can finance it from making knives.

I also want to move to a larger space above ground (currently the shop is in the basement, so humidity is an issue) so I can set up a woodworking shop. Looking at a space on the top floor in the building I am. It's 2000SF but will require about 10K to convert it into a workspace for metalworking and woodworking shop. It needs insulation, walls/ceiling, leveling floor, and electricity. The last has to be done by a licensed electrician, so that is where most money from my estimate would go. :(

M

Marko Tsourkan
11-02-2011, 05:46 PM
It has been a while since I posted in this thread, so here is a little update.

I am almost ready to start working on the orders. The last things (relatively minor) I am trying to improve are minute fit and finish related.

I ground each type of knife that were ordered for practice to familiarize myself with the grind, but also to come up with a good feel for geometry. Here are a couple of pics of the most recent practice knives. I will grind the last knife - a 270mm suji (on the edge) tonight and I think that will be all for practicing.

Pictures below are of of 275mm gyuto (on the edge) ground thin and 180mm gyuto ground normal. Both are shallow convex ground to about .005-.007 on the edge.

I aim to deliver all orders by Christmas (in order they were placed).

I started on modified D (influenced by Bob Kramer) handle. Should be finishing two by Friday. I might also do some modification to an octagonal handle to make it a little bit more pinch-grip friendly. Stay tuned.

Opinions and critique is always welcome.

Thanks,

M

PS: the small gyuto is going to the person who ordered one for a private feedback (mostly about thickness) as he is very found of small knives and his opinion will be very much appreciated.

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2244

RRLOVER
11-02-2011, 09:39 PM
Those grinds look great,nice and thin behind the edge.I would love to see one in person.

Andrew H
11-02-2011, 10:08 PM
Those grinds look great,nice and thin behind the edge.I would love to see one in person.

+1, They are looking great Marko.

obtuse
11-02-2011, 10:28 PM
Very nice. I see some classics In the making.

bprescot
11-02-2011, 10:59 PM
Lookin' good Marko!

mr drinky
11-02-2011, 11:06 PM
I aim to deliver all orders by Christmas (in order they were placed).

How do we know where we are on the list. Am I behind all of Oivind's 8 knives?

k.

Marko Tsourkan
11-02-2011, 11:20 PM
How do we know where we are on the list. Am I behind all of Oivind's 8 knives?

k.

Once I begin - Monday next week, I will make a list and post it in the thread. Need to get those modified handles done by then.
Oivind has placed this order way back when, so his will be among first few knives made but I won't begin until I get steel from Devin. Might be a couple of weeks. His are only 4 (2x180, 2x150) this time.

I also need to finalize wood choices, so I see what I need to get.

M

Marko Tsourkan
11-03-2011, 05:49 PM
OK, next week I am starting on the orders. These will be done parallel to the last few custom orders for handles and sayas that I have left.

270mm suji. The ironwood handle was a second from a custom order, so it might be a bit too flashy for the knife. Knife is thinly ground, but there is a little flex in the tip area. 3mm thick over the heel.

Had to take pictures in the afternoon with a flash so, didn't come great.

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2246

2247

2248

Cipcich
11-03-2011, 07:23 PM
"Too flashy"? If you send that one out for a test drive, it'll never comeback . . .

WillC
11-03-2011, 07:26 PM
Very elegant indeed,:cool2:

Marko Tsourkan
11-03-2011, 07:34 PM
"Too flashy"? If you send that one out for a test drive, it'll never comeback . . .

Haha, that was one of the nicest ironwood pieces I have seen. Luckily, I had enough for a substitute.

Forgot to mention that steel is 52100. Weight - 191g.

M

bprescot
11-03-2011, 08:08 PM
Wait... that was a second?! :jawdrop:

So yeah, next time you ever have a second, just give me a ring alright. I'll "dispose" of it no problem! Shouldn't be surprised, I guess, given the quality of the "second" cutting board I have of yours.

Marko Tsourkan
11-03-2011, 08:13 PM
Yes it was. I didn't realized there was a thickness variation in a tang and when I friction fitted the handle a knife, the ferrule on the handle partially cracked. I filled the crack with CA glue and refinished the handle, but it's still a second. :(

M

bprescot
11-03-2011, 08:38 PM
Ouch. That hurts. Glad you still had enough on that block for another. Oh, and for the record, I still think it's a beautiful handle even if it is a second!

Oh, and that blade ain't bad either :wink:

tk59
11-03-2011, 10:25 PM
Yeah. I'll take one, too. :hungry:

Marko Tsourkan
11-03-2011, 10:51 PM
come on over and pick one.

heirkb
11-04-2011, 02:52 AM
Is that really the last practice knife? I didn't make the list? I'd like to pick one, too. Or two actually. Both those gyutos for me, please :rofl2:

Marko Tsourkan
11-04-2011, 08:50 AM
Is that really the last practice knife? I didn't make the list? I'd like to pick one, too. Or two actually. Both those gyutos for me, please :rofl2:

Come on over

oivind_dahle
11-04-2011, 08:58 AM
Nice Marko

Showed the pics to my gf. She was impressed :)

tk59
11-04-2011, 01:53 PM
come on over and pick one.Dude. That's cold... Where's the love?

Craig
11-04-2011, 01:56 PM
Careful who you say come on over and pick one to Marko. I'm thinking about a road trip to Boston in the fall, it's not that far out of the way to come for a nice knife...

JohnnyChance
11-04-2011, 01:58 PM
Come on over

On my way

Marko Tsourkan
11-04-2011, 08:52 PM
On my way

I was just making light of it, but not I might be in trouble, I see...

tk59
11-04-2011, 09:18 PM
On my wayGrab one for me, too!

oivind_dahle
11-05-2011, 09:38 AM
Marko: If the suji is up for sale, Ill take that too ;)

Marko Tsourkan
11-05-2011, 01:16 PM
Marko: If the suji is up for sale, Ill take that too ;)

It is not.

Line cooked
11-06-2011, 11:59 PM
Nice to see it all come together for you sir

Marko Tsourkan
11-07-2011, 08:25 AM
It's official now, as I am about to post a list of orders I will work on this week. :)

M

oivind_dahle
11-07-2011, 08:51 AM
http://files.sharenator.com/excellent_the_post_of_reposts-s438x438-231285.jpg

mr drinky
11-07-2011, 06:34 PM
bump.

How long is that list Marko? Monty Burns is waiting ;)

k.

Marko Tsourkan
11-15-2011, 03:15 PM
I test every blade for hardness. Target hardness 62RC. I do 3-5 tests on a blade, and then average the number. Each of these knives averaged 62.25RC.

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I also did a destruction testing on a piece heat treated to the same specs, and the grain under 20x loupe looked pretty good - small and uniform. Now, grind, put on a handle, set an edge and up to a rope cutting test.

M

Cipcich
11-15-2011, 04:42 PM
So, these are fresh out of the oven?

Marko Tsourkan
11-15-2011, 05:08 PM
They were yesterday.

Marko Tsourkan
11-17-2011, 10:28 PM
http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=2410&d=1321387779

This is one of the suji's from the picture above. It' s probably the thinnest suji I have ground to date. Thickness at the edge is .005. Blade is symmetrically ground (blade is tilted to the right in picture 3), shallow convex. 3mm at the handle, 2.75mm over the heel, 1. 75mm in the middle, ~1mm 50mm from the tip.

Once I finish a handle and a saya for it, I will post it in the gallery.

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2444

2445

Also, heat treated a knife in W2 with hamon. I think it came out OK. Will measure hardness and etch to see hamon figure. Will post pics tomorrow.

M

JohnnyChance
11-18-2011, 03:31 AM
Damn that thing is practically a garotte wire!

RRLOVER
11-19-2011, 10:04 AM
Looking Good. I feel .005 is where you need to be if you want to go from the grinder to a 1k stone,which I do:thumbsup:

tk59
11-19-2011, 10:21 AM
That edge looks surprisingly nice and even. Sounds very nice!:thumbsup: When do we get to see it complete? :scratchhead::poke1:

Marko Tsourkan
11-19-2011, 03:20 PM
Tomorrow morning. Saya done, handle will be finished today. Then what's left is just to etch my name.

EdipisReks
11-19-2011, 04:19 PM
looks great, Marko!

Marko Tsourkan
11-19-2011, 04:44 PM
bump.

How long is that list Marko? Monty Burns is waiting ;)

k.

Sorry, missed it.

I have about 20 orders. I will deliver them by Christmas. Then I open order list again.

M

Marko Tsourkan
12-06-2011, 10:10 AM
180mm gyuto in 52100. Horn and Arizona Ironwood handle.

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2833

2834

2835

2836

chazmtb
12-06-2011, 10:16 AM
Beautiful and classic styling. The spine and choi shots really show your craftsmanship and attention to detail. The grind looks great. This is going to be an awesome knife.

Twistington
12-06-2011, 10:17 AM
180mm gyuto in 52100. Horn and Arizona Ironwood handle.



So pretty it's offensive. :)

Is that one of Řivind's?

oivind_dahle
12-06-2011, 10:21 AM
Not mine :) However the owner of this should be really happy.
Great skills shown here Marko :)

Now Im really looking forward to mine :)

Marko Tsourkan
12-06-2011, 10:26 AM
No, Oivind is a stalker so I am putting him at the end of a line. :)

Cipcich
12-06-2011, 12:53 PM
That's a very pretty knife . . . I can see how applying the logo might be cause for apprehension.

JohnnyChance
12-06-2011, 02:11 PM
Awwww, what a cute little fella.

Marko Tsourkan
12-06-2011, 02:16 PM
180mm on the edge, about 195mm tip to handle. I guess, one can consider it little.

bprescot
12-06-2011, 03:05 PM
Awwww, what a cute little fella.

That's what she said?

And wait a second, what the heck are YOU doing here?! Those who have actually gotten to handle and test one of these bad boys shouldn't be here, taunting us, the hungry masses huddled around our monitors... waiting ... drooling ... lapping up what few photos are proffered here and dreaming of the day when we too will experience a Tsourkan blade. I mean, Frack, dude! You've BEEN to the mother fu*&ing mountaintop! And what? You climb back down just to join the rest of us? Is that it?! Huh?! You just waltz your bless-ed @ss back on down to walk with the under-privileged slobs?!?! Is that how you get your jollies?!?!?! Huh?! HUH?!!?!? Well, you know what?! That's sick, man. Sick! And I just don't have to deal with it. I bid you good DAY sir.




Author's Note: This was nothing more than a bad gag, the product of down-time at work and a twisted sense of humor. Please do not take the preceding post seriously.

Marko Tsourkan
12-06-2011, 04:04 PM
Come on guys. Now that I got over my last road block (finish), the road ahead is clear and I am going to pick up a speed. Next are 180mm, and 255 and 240 gyutos. 240mm will feature a modified D handle, similar to Bob Kramer's meiji. Still debating what wood to use but leaning toward premium grade ironwood, metal spacer and blond horn ferrule. Good stuff.

M

bprescot
12-06-2011, 04:18 PM
All joking aside, the ironwood on the 180mm is stunning.

Why the blond rather than the black? I think the reason I like your handles so much is that they tend to be gorgeous, but slightly understated. I'm curious if the blond would draw the attention more towards the handle and from away the blade or the knife as a whole.

Marko Tsourkan
12-06-2011, 05:16 PM
All joking aside, the ironwood on the 180mm is stunning.

Why the blond rather than the black? I think the reason I like your handles so much is that they tend to be gorgeous, but slightly understated. I'm curious if the blond would draw the attention more towards the handle and from away the blade or the knife as a whole.

I find a combination of blond horn with golden burl ironwood practically irresistible, but black horn would work just as well. For a classic look, I prefer ebony, black horn, and metal spacer. I am still very found of it, but I do branch out a little bit.

Here are examples.

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bprescot
12-06-2011, 06:01 PM
Alright, yeah. Wow. That's a sexy handle. I still think that without the KU damascus thing going on with the blade, it might be too flashy. But that combo is amazing.

Marko Tsourkan
12-06-2011, 06:12 PM
Alright, yeah. Wow. That's a sexy handle. I still think that without the KU damascus thing going on with the blade, it might be too flashy. But that combo is amazing.

Well, Ben, I think might be right. I will use ebony wood instead. I save the blond horn/golden burl ironwood combination for damascus.

echerub
12-06-2011, 07:47 PM
Regular damascus patterns don't do a whole lot for me. They're kinda pretty, and I don't mind them, but they don't move me. The KU damascus, though? Mmmmmmmmmmm :)

Marko Tsourkan
12-06-2011, 09:27 PM
Actually, the KU damascus is not that different than many random pattern damascus that are deep etched. If one was grind a blade similarly (like a double edged yanagi), one could have obtained a similar look.

M

echerub
12-06-2011, 09:36 PM
I'll have to keep that in mind for custom orders in the future ;)

Marko Tsourkan
12-06-2011, 09:56 PM
I didn't imply that, it was just my observation that if you etch your blade enough, it will develop rough surface similar to kuro uchi. So the way to replicate that, would be to pregrind, etch, and then grind the bevels.

M

Eamon Burke
12-06-2011, 11:44 PM
These look painstakingly crafted. No stone unturned, huh?

Marko Tsourkan
12-07-2011, 08:57 PM
Just about.

Marko Tsourkan
12-08-2011, 08:49 AM
255mm on the edge, 270+mm tip to handle. 227g. 52100. Arizona Desert ironwood with black buffalo horn and metal spacer. Hand-finished.

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2874

2873

JohnnyChance
12-08-2011, 01:22 PM
Classy combo you got there!

mr drinky
12-08-2011, 08:44 PM
Very knice. If I had those two for xmas, then I would be smiling for some time.

k.

Marko Tsourkan
12-08-2011, 09:09 PM
Very knice. If I had those two for xmas, then I would be smiling for some time.

k.

I will do my best. Heat treating a bunch this weekend.

add
12-08-2011, 09:31 PM
2873

... and the MONEY shot!

:thumbsup:

Well, it is the last pic. posted Marko

Dave Martell
12-11-2011, 12:50 AM
Marko - redefining classy :)

jmforge
12-11-2011, 01:49 PM
Those are some super fine lookin' pig stickers, sir!!!:doublethumbsup:

Chef Niloc
12-11-2011, 02:07 PM
Very nice!
Are those #1& #2?

Bryan G.
12-11-2011, 03:57 PM
I said it before, I don't know if Marko's photography is that much better than most, or he just makes the cleanest, most beautiful WA handles out there. His saya designs are my favorite no doubt ... but man I am almost ashamed I don't have a handled knife from you Marko. I know your blades will be on point and given a couple years named with the established makers because of the detail and work you put into everything you do.

Regards

Bryan

RRLOVER
12-11-2011, 04:03 PM
Looking Fantastic Brother........What was your conclusion on your hand finish.

mr drinky
12-11-2011, 04:36 PM
Good question Mario, I was wondering the same thing.

k.

memorael
12-11-2011, 05:07 PM
DAMN... those knives look to good. Congrats!

Marko Tsourkan
12-11-2011, 05:38 PM
Looking Fantastic Brother........What was your conclusion on your hand finish.

A had to go from 220 grit up so it was a fair amount of work. I brought it up to 600 with 3M paper and now I am waiting for Norton Black Ice to arrive to apply a final finish.

I got to say, I am happier with a hand finish despite extra time it takes, as I didn't have a good luck with a machine finish anyway I tried. Carbon steel like 52100 finished to a higher grit will be less susceptible to discoloring and rusting.

Thanks guys.

tgraypots
12-11-2011, 07:27 PM
Impeccable craftsmanship Marko. I'm envious.

Marko Tsourkan
12-11-2011, 07:38 PM
Thanks guys, I am flattered.

jmforge
12-11-2011, 08:06 PM
How fine do you plan to take the finish?

Marko Tsourkan
12-11-2011, 08:40 PM
I am going to go with 600 Norton over 600 3M and see if it makes a difference. Will also try Black Ice 800 and possibly 1000 following 600.

Marko Tsourkan
12-27-2011, 04:47 PM
Sorry for crappy pics - it was already getting dark when I took them. I will retake some and post in gallery tomorrow.

This is for my first female chef customer!

240mm gyuto in 52100 with ironwood D-handle, nickel silver spacer and light color ferrule. Got to admit, cow horn is a different animal (literally!) and requires more care working it. I made some changes from the last handle, and a result is so much better.

What's left is to bring a finish 4 levels up (it's 220 now, and I stop at 800 grit) and to etch a maker's mark.

There are two knives in the orders, so pics of the second are to come.

3307

3308

3309

3310

3311

Eamon Burke
12-27-2011, 05:00 PM
Love that handle.

WillC
12-27-2011, 05:10 PM
Nice, that ironwood is glowing, even in dim lighting.

bcrano
12-27-2011, 05:24 PM
Looks awesome marko

99Limited
12-27-2011, 05:36 PM
I can't believe as fanatical as you are over your knives that you haven't built yourself a light box for your photography so you have full control over your lighting environment.

G-rat
12-27-2011, 05:37 PM
Marko this is a beautiful knife. I think more than any other photos these bring out the profile you are cutting and grinding best. It screams out to be used and abused in a kitchen.

G-rat
12-27-2011, 05:42 PM
Marko this is a beautiful knife. I think more than any other photos these bring out the profile you are cutting and grinding best. It screams out to be used and abused in a kitchen.

Also I really like the way you flatten out the ferrule on the d shaped handles. Really looks functionally wise.

Marko Tsourkan
12-27-2011, 05:44 PM
Thanks guys -

the ironwood is actually very golden in color, and horn is pretty light, so the pictures don't convey the right colors, but dim light does highlight the profile, handle shape and finish.

M

Marko Tsourkan
12-27-2011, 06:13 PM
I can't believe as fanatical as you are over your knives that you haven't built yourself a light box for your photography so you have full control over your lighting environment.

I actually don't like artificial lighting - all my photography is in ambient light.
I also prefer natural materials to artificial (stabilized) :)



M