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Dave Martell
10-06-2011, 03:08 PM
Here's a conversion of a Misono Swedish Steel Western Sujihiki to a Wa handle.

The handle and bolster have been ground off, the tang re-shaped to be hidden, the blade re-surfaced to blend in the missing bolster section (BTW - not so easy on a dragon etched knife), and a Stefan Keller (http://www.skeller.info/handles/test/) handle installed.

First up is the old busted version....


http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1873&d=1317924510

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1872&d=1317924504

Dave Martell
10-06-2011, 03:11 PM
Now we have the new hotness....

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1878&d=1317924685

TDj
10-06-2011, 04:18 PM
Beautiful and tasteful (the thing already has a dragon on it - I'm glad to see restraint on the handle). It must have been a LOT of work (and cost a pretty penny), but it's worth it for the rarity!

99Limited
10-06-2011, 05:20 PM
Looks brand new. The owner should be pretty pleased with this.

EdipisReks
10-06-2011, 05:21 PM
that looks great!

mainaman
10-06-2011, 06:29 PM
Dave this looks great.

Eamon Burke
10-06-2011, 06:39 PM
:coolsign:

stevenStefano
10-06-2011, 06:39 PM
I love the handle. If I were ever to get a custom I'd want something like that, something that has a resemblance to a traditional ho handle but is actually much fancier

Dave Martell
10-06-2011, 07:08 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys. :)

obtuse
10-06-2011, 07:58 PM
That knife looks 1000 times better. Great job on that one. That's one of the best Yo to Wa conversations I've seen.

bprescot
10-06-2011, 10:20 PM
Woah! That's awesome Dave! Great conversion and awesome restoration!

Maybe you should start a "Pimp My Knife" thread. I've seen you do a few of these major overhauls and it's always just amazing what you're able to do!

echerub
10-06-2011, 11:16 PM
Looks great! Major overhaul indeed, and the results are fantastic.

mr drinky
10-07-2011, 12:30 AM
Just wondering, but how much does a conversion like this cost? I think you are setting us up Dave. You threw out there that thinning and etching and now this ;)

k.

apicius9
10-07-2011, 12:38 AM
Looking good, glad that worked out. The handle material is 'off-black' horn (more greyish than black) and spalted Hawaiian Cook pine cut lengthwise.

Stefan

Dave Martell
10-07-2011, 01:16 AM
Just wondering, but how much does a conversion like this cost? I think you are setting us up Dave. You threw out there that thinning and etching and now this ;)

k.


It's a set up! :D

Yeah well it's like you probably guessed pretty expensive. There's my labor plus Stefan's handle cost so this one is way up there. My part is $175.

Dave Martell
10-07-2011, 01:17 AM
Looking good, glad that worked out. The handle material is 'off-black' horn (more greyish than black) and spalted Hawaiian Cook pine cut lengthwise.

Stefan

Hey Stefan I'm kinda pissed at myself for not getting the cool blond streak that's on the top side in one of the pictures. I shot like 30 and not one of the top side. :slaphead:

Dave Martell
10-07-2011, 01:17 AM
Thanks again for the kind words guys. :)

Dave Martell
10-07-2011, 01:19 AM
PS - Stefan's got another nearly identical handle available.....hint-hint :D

apicius9
10-07-2011, 01:27 AM
PS - Stefan's got another nearly identical handle available.....hint-hint :D

Yep, I made two of them. The other one is a bit thicker and would be better for a 270 or even a 300 gyuto that is not too anorexic.

Dave Martell
04-17-2013, 06:07 PM
I have a query for western (yo) to wa handle conversion and I needed a picture so I needed to find this thread to point towards and I figured while I was here copying the URL I'd take a moment to remind folks that I can do this type of work if you're interested. I just have to find the time.... :D

jigert
04-17-2013, 06:15 PM
How did i miss this?! Truly an awesome job, Dave! Wouldn't mind getting one of those. Thanks for bringing this back to the surface!

Dave Martell
04-17-2013, 06:26 PM
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/316261_299326510083439_68416196_n.jpg

Mike9
04-17-2013, 06:39 PM
That's some real sweet work brother.

Converting to Wa without bolsters is hard enough with bolsters adds a whole 'nuther layer of "oops!" factor to the mix. I'm still scheming a way to do it without a lot of grinding.

don
04-17-2013, 07:46 PM
Damn you guys for re-bumping this. Now I want one again.

cgul629
04-17-2013, 08:04 PM
That looks amazing - time to start saving my nickels!

stereo.pete
04-17-2013, 09:43 PM
Nice work Dave!

cclin
04-17-2013, 11:41 PM
Dave, very impressive work!! now, you should worry about don't have enough time for converting works keep coming in....

Dave Martell
04-18-2013, 01:11 AM
Thanks guys. :)

JVoye
04-18-2013, 10:08 AM
incredible!!! Top notch stuff.

NO ChoP!
04-18-2013, 12:05 PM
I think the Dragons make about the coolest conversions there is. That thing is friggin cool!

Lefty
04-18-2013, 02:04 PM
That is damn nice! These knives sure do have a cult following, don't they? Now you come along and remind us how badass they are even if you're a wa guy!