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Burl Source
10-22-2011, 09:50 PM
You would think with me having a lot of handle material to choose from it would be easy to select a piece to go on the blade that Mike Davis made for me. Well, it's not. My brain has gone into overload and I keep changing my mind.

So.... I thought if I posted photos of blocks that I thought went good with the blade, maybe you guys would be willing to make the choice for me. .......please?

This is a photo of the blade. I wanted to use something that would go well with the storm cloud looking hamon on the blade, or maybe not. Mike went all out on this blade and I wanted to be sure the handle I make would do it justice.

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/munky2/2011-10-17_16-11-09_557.jpg

These are just from the blocks I cleaned up this afternoon. Tomorrow there will be a few more that I haven't finished cleaning up yet.

This first photo shows a piece of the secret Martian Burl that Eamon told you about. Second is a piece of blue koa that is more like a bicycle reflector than a piece of wood. Move it side to side and it changes from light to dark. Back and forth and it changes blue to purple. Doesn't match but looks cool. Last, some blue Redwood.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/h009-1.jpg

Tomorrow I will post photos of the others I am considering.

mhenry
10-22-2011, 10:24 PM
So far I vote for the secret Martian Burl

ecchef
10-22-2011, 10:27 PM
#3.

On second thought, Mike may be right. Change to #1.

mainaman
10-22-2011, 10:28 PM
3 for me

Burl Source
10-22-2011, 10:30 PM
So far I vote for the secret Martian Burl

#1 is really maple burl. I was messing with Eamon because of a previous comment. The light portions were red when I sent it to be dyed. That part resisted the dye and the other part did weird stuff.

Salty dog
10-22-2011, 10:41 PM
None of the above.

SpikeC
10-22-2011, 11:20 PM
You want clouds, #3 is the obvious choice. Otherwise some regular rewood burl.

tk59
10-22-2011, 11:20 PM
If I had to choose one of those, I'd go with #3. Otherwise, I'd go with something natural-looking and dark but that's just pretty much what I say for every knife... :wink:

Vertigo
10-22-2011, 11:24 PM
If I had to choose one of those, I'd go with #3. Otherwise, I'd go with something natural-looking and dark but that's just pretty much what I say for every knife... :wink:

^^^

This, although I have the perfect knife in mind for #1 so if you decide you don't want to use it....

bikehunter
10-22-2011, 11:58 PM
You want clouds, #3 is the obvious choice. .

My thought as well....#3

Eamon Burke
10-23-2011, 12:10 AM
1. You are the weird wood pusher, and I've honestly never seen a piece of wood weirder than that.

The hekler
10-23-2011, 12:56 AM
Personally I don't like dyed woods, until I saw that redwood, #3 is an easy choice to me. Hell I would buy a new knife just to have that made into a hadle if I had access to a piece like that.

Dave Martell
10-23-2011, 01:18 AM
I'd go with #1

Andrew H
10-23-2011, 01:30 AM
#3, favorite piece and goes well with the hamon.

ecchef
10-23-2011, 01:49 AM
I'm still sticking with #1. If that's a storm cloud hamon, then #1 gots the lightening to go with it! :angry2:

apicius9
10-23-2011, 02:07 AM
I lean most toward #3, it's a bit more subdued and doesn't distract as much from the blade.

Stefan

Darkhoek
10-23-2011, 05:42 AM
If I had to choose between the three, I'd go with #3. Personally I'd go with a natural coloured wood, preferably a dense burl. Like on my latest gyuto... :D

DarKHOek

Burl Source
10-23-2011, 05:15 PM
Here are the remaining potential handle pieces.
These are a bit more normal-ish.

#4 is buckeye burl
#5 amboyna, maybe a natural butt
#6 lace sheoak

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/h004-1.jpg

#7 koa
#8 redwood burl
#9 end grain redwood burl
#10 heirloom koa

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/h002-1.jpg

We'll give this a few days and then use whatever you guys decide.

kalaeb
10-23-2011, 05:52 PM
#10!

Eamon Burke
10-23-2011, 06:14 PM
O M G


How can we pick??

bprescot
10-23-2011, 06:36 PM
Holy WoW! Well if you don't choose number 10 I'm going to need to buy it off you! 5 could be pretty hot as well.

mhenry
10-23-2011, 06:42 PM
Changing my vote to #10

Lefty
10-23-2011, 06:46 PM
I'd go with a natural looking block, with nice figuring. Sometimes understated is the way to go.
From the pics, I like 9, then 10.

Burl Source
10-23-2011, 06:49 PM
O M G
How can we pick??
Now you see what I mean. These are just potential pieces I picked out of blocks I cleaned up the last few days.
I am leaving it up to you guys.
Just pretend what you would pick if it was for yourself.


I'd go with a natural looking block, with nice figuring. Sometimes understated is the way to go.
From the pics, I like 9, then 10.
I agree about understated, it can be kind of fun when you look at something and say "that's nice" then do a double take and say "OMG"
If I was to use #9 I would use the striped end grain for the faces on the body of the handle, then turn a piece to the side to show the eyes for the ferrule portion.

Mike Davis
10-23-2011, 06:51 PM
I am going to say... I want ALL the ones you don't pick!!! I vote #10 also....that is super sexy stuff!

Dave Martell
10-23-2011, 08:30 PM
I change my vote for #10

JohnnyChance
10-23-2011, 09:32 PM
#10 is overrated. #3 or #5.

SpikeC
10-23-2011, 10:17 PM
Obviously #5 is the only rational choice!

PierreRodrigue
10-23-2011, 10:21 PM
I would use #5 with a blond horn ferruel.

#10 is nice also.

With some nice spacer material, 3, is also a front runner.

Andrew H
10-23-2011, 10:40 PM
Changing my vote to #10.

dgravel
10-23-2011, 10:52 PM
Wow. Every piece is a winner but... #1. It looks unique although a little over the top. If going natural, well, I have a soft spot for beautiful Koa so #10.

hoop
10-23-2011, 11:11 PM
Personally I don't think you could go wrong with any of the natural woods from those last choices. With a blade that beautiful, in my opinion, you want IT to be the star and your handle to be the supporting cast if you know what I mean!

Either way it's going to turn out killer!

-ah

Burl Source
10-23-2011, 11:50 PM
Looks like these are the 4 most popular with #10 currently in the lead.
With them next to each other it might be easier to choose which you like best.
I like them all but you guys have the final say. Probably see where we are at for the final decision Tuesday.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/m001-1.jpg
Thank you for all the help. It is a lot more fun this way than just picking one myself.

Burl Source
10-23-2011, 11:59 PM
I was just thinking :shocked3:
How about Tuesday afternoon we will see which one is the block to be used for the knife. I will also use the random number generator for a drawing. The winning post number can pick one of the runner ups for themselves.

sachem allison
10-24-2011, 12:21 AM
I think ten is going to be the winner on this one, even though I would love to see another live edge handle.

Burton
10-24-2011, 05:41 AM
My vote is for #5, but you really can't lose with those choices. 1 is fascinating.

Eamon Burke
10-24-2011, 08:30 AM
Looks like these are the 4 most popular with #10 currently in the lead.
With them next to each other it might be easier to choose which you like best.
I like them all but you guys have the final say. Probably see where we are at for the final decision Tuesday.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/octo/m001-1.jpg
Thank you for all the help. It is a lot more fun this way than just picking one myself.

Rather than vote my own opinion, maybe I can give you my subjective insight and let you choose.
1. Very unusual, and looks like something that would fit in well at your crazy workplace.
5. I like it, but I would cut the exterior off and use the lighter colored part for a "bolster" that was made by nature.
3. Fits your theme the best, it is very stormy-looking, but looks the least like wood to me.
10. The wood I would go with, but only for a wa-handle. Truly a stunning piece of koa.

Ratton
10-24-2011, 08:32 AM
I like 5 for my first pick and 10 for a second pick!! Either one will look very classy on the knife, without overshadowing the blade!:beer:

The hekler
10-24-2011, 09:27 AM
I still like #3 but for me it would depend on what kind of handle you were planning on having if it's to be a wa handle I think one of the naturals would work best for a western type handle I think all four are options and would still pick #3.

WillC
10-24-2011, 09:37 AM
I really like Eamon's idea of using 5 as one piece of wood, white bit as the ferrule.:thumbsup:

Rottman
10-24-2011, 09:49 AM
+1 on #5 without the live edge, but not so sure about using the white end for the ferrule.

tk59
10-24-2011, 10:11 AM
I'd go with #5 or #3 if you want to be wierd.

Burl Source
10-24-2011, 02:58 PM
This will be my first wa style handle.

Twistington
10-24-2011, 03:05 PM
You sir will have to go with #5.

The hekler
10-24-2011, 03:07 PM
Then I would have to go with one of the naturals, #5 for my tastes but only because I dont like koa, that said number ten is a really nice piece, if your into that kinda look.

apicius9
10-24-2011, 03:29 PM
.... because I dont like koa,


:noway: I have never heard of such a thing and as a temporary resident on the islands I am outraged :wink:

Stefan

sachem allison
10-24-2011, 03:32 PM
only because I dont like koa

Dave, you need to do something about this!:nono::spin chair::slaphead::scared4::wink:

The hekler
10-24-2011, 03:35 PM
:noway: I have never heard of such a thing and as a temporary resident on the islands I am outraged :wink:

Stefan

I knew I wasn't going to get away with bashing the new "it" wood, and I apologize, it just doesn't work for me on knife handles. I could imagine it looking pretty good used for grips on a chromed gun though.

HHH Knives
10-24-2011, 03:50 PM
Well, Its a tough call as all of the pieces are exceptional in there own right! Im gona vote 3

No matter what you use from the 4 its gona have a amazing looking handle, have fun and keep us posted!!

Burl Source
10-24-2011, 04:48 PM
I knew I wasn't going to get away with bashing the new "it" wood, and I apologize, it just doesn't work for me on knife handles. I could imagine it looking pretty good used for grips on a chromed gun though.

I resisted buying koa for a few years. I had seen a lot of photos and a few mediocre pieces in hand.
I told myself "no way I am going to pay $100+ a foot for that stuff" Then one day a customer brought me a piece of the good stuff and I have been hooked ever since. A while back I bought some heirloom koa and paid $200 a foot. When I got it I was happy and asked if I could get more.

Off on another tangent.
Nick Wheeler was doing a limited edition fighter a short while ago. One of the customers said he didn't like koa but got excited about a piece of fiddleback mahogany so that is what went on his knife. Everyone else who saw the mahogany thought it was a piece of high end koa.

tk59
10-24-2011, 05:27 PM
I don't like most koa pieces either.

SpikeC
10-24-2011, 08:41 PM
Obviously number 5 is the only rational choice. What was this for again?

JohnnyChance
10-25-2011, 04:21 AM
I don't like most koa pieces either.

+1

Don't hate me for it. Just thank me for leaving more pieces out there for you guys.

Dave Martell
10-25-2011, 11:26 AM
hekler, tk59, johnnychance = Koa haters?!?

What are we going to do with these guys? :scratchhead:

ecchef
10-25-2011, 11:54 AM
Ok, youse guys are right. #1 is crap, therefore I will buy it to save any more public embarassment. :D

Burl Source
10-25-2011, 01:41 PM
I didn't count things up, just went with the overall feel of things.
#5 Amboyna Burl is the piece I will be using for the handle.

The hekler
10-25-2011, 01:44 PM
Excellent choice!!!

Burl Source
10-25-2011, 01:45 PM
I used the random number generator to select which post number would be the winner.

It selected post #51
Congratulations TK59 - You are the winner!

Whoever had post #51 can select one of the runner-ups for their prize.
Send me a PM with your mailing address and I will put your prize in the mail.

HHH Knives
10-25-2011, 01:56 PM
You mean the guy who dont like Koa won Thats just not right!! lol !! LMAO!! Congrats and a great choice Mark!!!!

JohnnyChance
10-25-2011, 02:00 PM
Well that probably means he wont take the koa!


All those woods are too fancy for Tinh. Do you have a plain piece of cocobolo he could have instead?

The hekler
10-25-2011, 02:02 PM
Just curious, will the other pieces be staying in your personal collection or might they find their way to your site in the future?

Burl Source
10-25-2011, 02:03 PM
He seems more the #1 block type to me.
It would go great with his tie dyed t-shirts.

Mike Davis
10-25-2011, 04:25 PM
Hahahaha awesome. Good choice Mark! Definitely a sweet piece! Got anymore like that?

apicius9
10-25-2011, 06:57 PM
hekler, tk59, johnnychance = Koa haters?!?

What are we going to do with these guys? :scratchhead:

No Hawaii vacation for you! :)

Congrats t the winner - I didn't even know there was a drawing...

Stefan

Eaglewood
10-25-2011, 07:03 PM
#3 seems like no brainer to match the clouds

tk59
10-25-2011, 08:43 PM
Haha! I've never won anything on a forum and now I won something I didn't know I was in the running for! I didn't know until a friend of mine sent me a message reading "I'll buy it from you." I might just have to check out that koa since it seems to be so popular... :) I'll reply to your pm shortly, Mark. Thanks!

DarrenSwerid
06-23-2012, 12:53 AM
Mark did you ever finish this knife? ;)

Crothcipt
06-23-2012, 01:09 AM
I know that this is late but I vote for 3 that is just amazing.

Burl Source
06-23-2012, 02:27 PM
Mark did you ever finish this knife? ;)

Mike Henry ended up dong the handle for me.
This knife gets used daily. I love it. Sorry about the bad photo.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/002-12.jpg

Deckhand
06-23-2012, 02:50 PM
[QUOTE=Burl Source;120944]Mike Henry ended up dong the handle for me.
This knife gets used daily. I love it. Sorry about the bad photo.

Some people really love their work by the statement you made.
Handle and knife look great.

Burl Source
06-23-2012, 03:09 PM
OK, typo. Was meant to say "doing".
Hard to see in my photo but the knife is getting a cool patina.
I clean the knife immediately when using it so the patina is developing slower than if I let it sit a few minutes.
Cuts great, looks great, I am happy. I find myself buying groceries with cutting in mind. No more pre-sliced anything for me.

DarrenSwerid
06-23-2012, 03:39 PM
Is that ebony with the Amboyna Burl? Looks like a fantastic knife you got there!

Burl Source
06-23-2012, 03:47 PM
Is that ebony with the Amboyna Burl? Looks like a fantastic knife you got there!
The ferrule is African Blackwood. Which reminds me I need to get more.
Not overly expensive and it goes with everything.