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welshstar
10-10-2011, 05:56 PM
Can a wa knife be yo handled and can a yo handled knife be wa handled or are they built differently ?

kalaeb
10-10-2011, 06:00 PM
Yes they can...Dave just re-handled a Misuno suji to make it a WA. Western to Wa (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php?3094-Western-to-Wa-Coversion-Misono-Dragon-Suji)

Pensacola Tiger
10-10-2011, 06:30 PM
Can a wa knife be yo handled and can a yo handled knife be wa handled or are they built differently ?

Yes, they are constructed differently, but as kaleeb has noted, a conversion can be done, but it is very labor intensive. A Western handled (yo-) knife usually must have the bolster removed and the tang ground down.

A wa-handled knife may be easily rehandled with a Western styled handle, as kaleeb has done here:

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z349/mattstephens79/IMG_1248.jpg

It doesn't have a bolster, or a full tang, but captures the style well.

Mike
10-10-2011, 07:23 PM
Yes, they are constructed differently, but as kaleeb has noted, a conversion can be done, but it is very labor intensive. A Western handled (yo-) knife usually must have the bolster removed and the tang ground down.

A wa-handled knife may be easily rehandled with a Western styled handle, as kaleeb has done here:

http://i1185.photobucket.com/albums/z349/mattstephens79/IMG_1248.jpg

It doesn't have a bolster, or a full tang, but captures the style well.

Nicely done! What species of wood did you utilize?

kalaeb
10-10-2011, 07:41 PM
Mike, the wood is buckeye burl with a copper colored resin forced into the voids. The "ferrule" is a solid piece of copper resin.

Mike
10-10-2011, 08:02 PM
Kalaeb, I've worked a good amount of Buckeye and have never seen a piece like that. Great choice for your handle and very nicely executed. Even though I'm partial to Adam style of fat handles I wouldn't mind on one my knives. :thumbsup:

RRLOVER
10-10-2011, 09:36 PM
http://i515.photobucket.com/albums/t359/mario164/002-47.jpg

Here is another hybrid Wa/Western

apicius9
10-10-2011, 10:40 PM
Here is a very free interpretation, I see it almost like a hybrid with the wa ferrule but then it flares out considerably more than a wa handle.

http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/4973/p1040683u.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/5/p1040683u.jpg/)

Stefan