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Marko Tsourkan
11-08-2011, 03:41 PM
I am going to post pictures of finished work here and link them to Custom Order Progress Update page. This way it would be easier to manage.

So, I will start with pictures of my last practice knife - 270mm suji. I didn't etch a maker's mark on it as it is a practice knife. All knives after this one will have my logo.

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The hekler
11-08-2011, 03:59 PM
Wow, Your practice knives look as good or better then many respected makers knives for sale. I mean they are only pictures so who knows but boy do they look good. Maybe you should practice making cleavers after your current run and send a one of them my way.

chazmtb
11-08-2011, 04:01 PM
Marko, you make Ritz Carlton of knives. Pure class!

Maybe we should brand you the Shigefusa of the West...

Marko Tsourkan
11-08-2011, 04:08 PM
LOL. Maybe in 10 years?

chazmtb
11-08-2011, 04:09 PM
Well, maybe West Chester for now.

SpikeC
11-08-2011, 04:38 PM
That is a truly impressive piece of work. Well done, Marko!

Michael Rader
11-08-2011, 07:36 PM
Very nice and clean.
-M

RRLOVER
11-08-2011, 09:14 PM
Those look great:thumbsup:.......What ever happen to the pass around blades???

Marko Tsourkan
11-08-2011, 09:47 PM
Thanks people. I think you are giving me more credit I deserve, but it is flattering nonetheless.

Mario, it's still in plans, but I have to make time for it. I have a few orders I need to deliver before Christmas and I still have some old custom orders for handles and sayas and those take a good chunk of time to complete. So it's a matter of finding time to do it it.

M

Dave Martell
11-08-2011, 11:50 PM
Very nice and clean.


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Eamon Burke
11-09-2011, 12:20 AM
Foxy! :hatsoff:

tk59
11-09-2011, 12:23 AM
Very nice and clean.
-M
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mc2442
11-09-2011, 12:54 AM
Just god awful....I can see how you would not want to claim that piece with your maker's mark! :D

I might have to get an order in, since I have always been impressed with your handle and saya work, and it seems like that is the only way we can get one out of you anymore. I am sold on what I have seen and the ravid support you have out there on attention to detail.

mr drinky
11-09-2011, 01:15 AM
Foxy! :hatsoff:

lady.

maxim
11-09-2011, 09:53 AM
I must say that is very beautiful work !! :doublethumbsup:

Let me know when you are ready to send me one :spiteful:

Mike Davis
11-09-2011, 10:55 AM
Marko, that is a very awesome knife! Classy and elegant. I really like it! Two thumbs up!

Marko Tsourkan
12-08-2011, 09:55 AM
52100. Arizona Desert ironwood, buffalo horn, metal spacer.

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Pensacola Tiger
12-08-2011, 10:15 AM
Beautiful work, Marko, just beautiful.

bprescot
12-08-2011, 10:54 AM
Gorgeous. Just beautiful, Marko. Great job.

mr drinky
12-08-2011, 11:11 AM
Strong work. And I like that you are putting out 52100 knives now as that is what mine will be made out of. It is like seeing the 52100 light at the end of the tunnel.

k.

Marko Tsourkan
12-08-2011, 11:44 AM
Thanks guys. 52100 is a good steel.

chazmtb
12-08-2011, 11:56 AM
M,
I am really impressed with your grind. You have taken alot from Shigefusa's page in your grind, because that's what the choi shots really remind me of. Nice distal taper, slight convex from what I can see.

Marko Tsourkan
12-08-2011, 12:30 PM
I took some things from Shigefusa, but not the grind. Shigefusa grind is difficult to replicate, but not impossible (you need a huge diameter radius platen) as Shigefusa double-beveled knives are hollow-ground from below spine to about 3/8 from the edge.
I have done it on a couple of practice knives, but I didn't think it had that much of an advantage over a convex grind for the extra trouble in grinding and finishing. I do a shallow convex grind similar to Carter knives instead.


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chazmtb
12-08-2011, 02:45 PM
Shigefusa is different because the spine is so thick, then it really goes down, like a concave, flattens out, and a little convex at the end. Your edge at the end and shoulders are thin like his. It's more pronounced on the small one.

Marko Tsourkan
12-08-2011, 08:02 PM
Shigefusa is different because the spine is so thick, then it really goes down, like a concave, flattens out, and a little convex at the end. ...
Your description of Shigefusa geometry is exact.

mr drinky
12-08-2011, 09:32 PM
Bravo chazmtb. With that answer, you have won a showroom full of cash and prizes.

Joking aside. Your description and Marko's confirmation has probably imprinted in my mind more about Shige geo than anything else. I don't own one, but at least I understand them a bit better now. Thank you for this mini discussion.

k.

Marko Tsourkan
12-09-2011, 09:20 AM
It is a very unique geometry, though I have seen it on razors (come to think Iizuka-san studied under Iwasaki) and some variation of it on swords. Hollow-grinding (concave) reduced weight and thickness in the mid-section while leaving thickness on the spine intact, but it doesn't go all the way to the edge - it stops about 10mm from it, and then there is a transition into convex.

It's pretty impressive if you think that Shigefusa folks do final shaping and polishing by hand. They have their methods and I am sure they are pretty efficient (soft cladding helps if you use sen or metal scrapers of sorts), but still.

Their hollow-grind translates into 7-8' radius, so it won't be done on a typical whet wheel (~3' radius).

M

maxim
12-09-2011, 10:40 AM
Yes that one is very difficult to replicate.
I think its thats why he only stik to clad knifes, it will be almost impossibile to do on mono steel knifes.
I think he use "San" to do that. But still very impressive how he do that by hand, i think the only thing he use his weel for is for ura on single bevel.


It is a very unique geometry, though I have seen it on razors (come to think Iizuka-san studied under Iwasaki) and some variation of it on swords. Hollow-grinding (concave) reduced weight and thickness in the mid-section while leaving thickness on the spine intact, but it doesn't go all the way to the edge - it stops about 10mm from it, and then there is a transition into convex.

It's pretty impressive if you think that Shigefusa folks do final shaping and polishing by hand. They have their methods and I am sure they are pretty efficient (soft cladding helps if you use sen or metal scrapers of sorts), but still.

Their hollow-grind translates into 7-8' radius, so it won't be done on a typical whet wheel (~3' radius).

Marko Tsourkan
12-09-2011, 03:03 PM
Their hollow-grind translates into 7-8' radius, so it won't be done on a typical whet wheel (~3' radius).

M

I meant diameter, on a typical water wheel(2-4'). However the radius on a sen to get a hollow on Shigefusa would be equivalent of 7-8' radius.

M

Marko Tsourkan
12-14-2011, 10:26 AM
D style handle inspired by Fish and Kramer.

W2 steel with hamon (not very visible in the pictures, but visible up close - wavy pattern comparable to Japanese).

Handle is VERY comfortable.

Western handle coming in a near future. Oval handle - immediately.

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chazmtb
12-14-2011, 11:03 AM
Oh Snap!

DevinT
12-14-2011, 11:31 AM
Very nice Marko

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mhenry
12-14-2011, 11:45 AM
Very, very nice that D handle is awesome

Marko Tsourkan
12-14-2011, 02:12 PM
Thanks folks,

I still need to tweak a few things, but I can't say I am not pleased with how it came out.

M

apicius9
12-14-2011, 02:21 PM
Excellent D-handle, Marko. I like the taper on the ferrule, I do that occasionally for octagonals, but never thought about doing it on Ds. Just curious, do you shape them by hand or use a jig? Drilling before or after shaping? In any case, it looks very comfortable.

Stefan

Marko Tsourkan
12-14-2011, 02:33 PM
Hey Stefan,

Shaped by hand on a disk and belt sanders followed by hand sanding. Variable speed is a secret ingredient here.

It is very comfortable.

M

Andrew H
12-14-2011, 03:17 PM
Excellent work like always, Marko. That D handle is something special.

Marko Tsourkan
12-14-2011, 03:22 PM
Excellent work like always, Marko. That D handle is something special.

I got lucky. Usually I fail the fist time.

M

Andrew H
12-14-2011, 03:32 PM
I figured you must have practiced first....

Marko Tsourkan
12-14-2011, 03:34 PM
Yes. I will have the first "real" one early next week.

M

heirkb
12-14-2011, 04:27 PM
I got lucky. Usually I fail the fist time.

M

That's the difference between you and the rest of us. We usually fail the first 10-100 times.

mdoublestack
12-14-2011, 05:06 PM
Very Nice Marko.

WillC
12-14-2011, 06:11 PM
Lovely Marko, Subtle and very beautiful.

RRLOVER
12-14-2011, 10:39 PM
That meiji handle will always be my favorite....Great Job.

eto
12-14-2011, 11:30 PM
I like how you tapered the ferrule on some of those D shaped handles. Makes for a comfortable feel. Nice Job!

Marko Tsourkan
12-14-2011, 11:35 PM
Thanks guys.

That feature I credit to Fish and Bob Kramer. Fish did it on octagonal handles (remember Lee's Carter? Fish did the tapers on both sides) and Bob has been doing it on his Meiji (D) handle.

Eamon Burke
12-15-2011, 01:18 AM
Wow, those are really nice. Distinctive.

Marko Tsourkan
12-19-2011, 01:33 PM
I improved a couple of things over the first, but identified two more areas that need improvement, so hopefully, one more before I will officially offer it as a choice with my knives. A handle can be mounted for a right-hand or a left-hand use.

Mortise and tenon construction. You can actually see the tenon through the horn.

Gidgee wood, light/marble horn, nickel silver spacer. Handle weighs 80g.

Knife in the picture - 240mm gyuto in 52100. 3mm over the heel, 2.1mm half way, 1.65mm 2" from the tip. Height at the heel is about 50mm. Weighs 140g without a handle, 220g with.

I incorporated a suggestion from one of the pro guys who tested two of my knives (for a private feedback) and added a little more weight to the knife. It's a little more robust knife now (it weighs 25g more than a thinner version, weight came from a little less distal taper toward the tip), yet still very thin above the edge (~.005").

Light horn is a little more delicate than a black horn (it discolors from the heat from grinding), so this is something I have to keep in mind going forward - slower grinding speed and fresher belts.

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M

PS: The patina on the knife comes from testing it at home for cutting performance.

JohnnyChance
12-19-2011, 01:51 PM
Very nice Marko. Getting it really dialed in now! Gidgee looks really nice, as does the horn.

99Limited
12-19-2011, 02:01 PM
Wow, that's a nice, clean looking combination. The light horn brightens up the look of the whole knife.

Marko Tsourkan
12-19-2011, 02:08 PM
Wow, that's a nice, clean looking combination. The light horn brightens up the look of the whole knife.

I like the light horn a lot and look to use it extensively. It has fewer blemishes than black horn, but is a bit more delicate to work with. Definitely worth the effort.

M

Vladimir
12-19-2011, 02:33 PM
Marko your knives hit the high quality and perfect finish.
I would like to see them in action, how about a video:2cents:

Marko Tsourkan
12-19-2011, 02:39 PM
Eventually, but right now, I am struggling to keep up with work. :(

kalaeb
12-19-2011, 03:05 PM
Eventually, but right now, I am struggling to keep up with work. :(

Thats a good place to be in!

Marko Tsourkan
12-19-2011, 03:15 PM
Not really.

mdoublestack
12-19-2011, 05:21 PM
Whatever may be, you're making beautiful knives.

chazmtb
12-20-2011, 04:05 PM
I freaking love the profile of your gyuto. I like the pro's feedback, giving the knife a little more weight.

I would love to have the PM knife like that, with the same ironwood/blonde horn handle, when you get a chance!!!

Marko Tsourkan
12-20-2011, 04:13 PM
I freaking love the profile of your gyuto. I like the pro's feedback, giving the knife a little more weight.

I would love to have the PM knife like that, with the same ironwood/blonde horn handle, when you get a chance!!!

I will send you this one to check out first, as a token of appreciation for all your patience. I am sure you know what I am talking about.

M

chazmtb
12-20-2011, 05:00 PM
Enabler!!! It will come with that handle, right???
Thanks.

Marko Tsourkan
12-20-2011, 05:23 PM
Enabler!!! It will come with that handle, right???
Thanks.

Yes, I just need to straighten a tang and install it. Will do it tomorrow, so I send out right after.

M

NO ChoP!
12-20-2011, 05:57 PM
Your attention to detail shows not only in your craftsmanship, but in your study. Your patience and humbleness will pay off, as these knives are undeniably the new benchmark for all custom makers! Way to raise the bar!

9mmbhp
12-20-2011, 06:04 PM
I think the lighter/thinner flavor will be the perfect one for me; 52100, 190gr and Shigefusa-/Carter-like grind fits right in between my Tad and DT-ITK 240s.

Marko Tsourkan
12-20-2011, 07:12 PM
I think the lighter/thinner flavor will be the perfect one for me; 52100, 190gr and Shigefusa-/Carter-like grind fits right in between my Tad and DT-ITK 240s.

I made 3 gyutos in the last few days and they all have different thickness at the spine (will translate into different weight and geometry), but ground to appropriately same convex and thinness near and at the edge.

I have heard many times that spine thickness doesn't matter if the knife is thick at the edge. I never bought entirerly, so now I get to see (test) it myself. The thickest one is 3.17mm over the heel, 2.65mm half way and about 1.90mm 2" from the tip. .005" at the edge with a tiny microbevel. I will have a separate thread on this.

52100 is a great steel. You can bang it agaist the board and it won't chip, so I think extra weight could be beneficial for working it hard.

@nochop - Thanks, Chris -

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cnochef
12-20-2011, 07:45 PM
Just beautiful work, Marko! I'm definitely getting in line after Christmas for the next batch.

mr drinky
12-21-2011, 09:55 AM
Strong work Marko. This is great porn, but for those on the 'Christmas List', it is a striptease act that is almost unbearable ;)

k.

Marko Tsourkan
12-21-2011, 12:23 PM
I know, and I have to say, as much I as I want, I won't be able to deliver the first 13 orders by Christmas.
I will try to make up with top notch materials, hand finish, basically putting in them (knives) whatever time it takes.
Hope this will make up for missed delivery times. :(

M

echerub
12-21-2011, 01:22 PM
I can't speak for the rest of the first group, but for me, I'm okay with the delay. Take your time to get the knives to where you're happy with them.

A big part of the draw for me is that you're a perfectionist and can't help being one :) Perfectionists take time... that's just a given ;)

Marko Tsourkan
12-28-2011, 10:11 AM
240mm gyuto in 52100 steel with Arizona Ironwood, cow horn horn and nickel silver spacer handle. 200g.

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This one I took yesterday in dim light.
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bcrano
12-28-2011, 11:14 AM
Wow Marko that's a beautiful knife. It's so meticulous. Congrats.

MadMel
12-28-2011, 11:54 AM
Arh!! More porn!!! Imma aim for one of these by next x'mas :saythat:

Dave Martell
12-28-2011, 01:29 PM
Beautiful handle combo! :thumbsup:

Kyle
12-28-2011, 02:07 PM
That is absolutely drop dead gorgeous. Beautiful work, Marko.

mr drinky
12-28-2011, 03:59 PM
Marko, no fair stacking a super sexy knife on a hot cutting board. I like my porn soft core, thank you.

k.

chazmtb
12-29-2011, 03:28 PM
Guys and Gals,

Marko's knife, the one with Gidgee/horn D hande is even more beautiful in person than what you see in the pictures. M's attention to detail is superb!

hien
12-30-2011, 12:39 AM
very prettyyy... if i have it i probably not gonna use it lolz

Johnny.B.Good
12-30-2011, 03:22 AM
Marko, no fair stacking a super sexy knife on a hot cutting board. I like my porn soft core, thank you.

:rofl2:

Cipcich
12-30-2011, 06:41 AM
Guys and Gals,

Marko's knife, the one with Gidgee/horn D hande is even more beautiful in person than what you see in the pictures. M's attention to detail is superb!

You do realize that sending you that knife was part of a diabolical plot? Like, "Here kid, the first hit is free . . "

chazmtb
12-30-2011, 08:56 AM
Yes, he got me. The free trial became an order of 2.

Marko Tsourkan
12-30-2011, 11:03 AM
I haven't completed your order for( customizing your Shiges) for over a year.
You could have asked for 4, and I would have said OK. :)

chazmtb
12-30-2011, 03:40 PM
Don't worry, good things come to those who wait.

Marko Tsourkan
02-22-2012, 11:28 AM
D handle in Redwood burl, buffalo horn, nickel silver spacer. 225mm gyuto in AEB-L.

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Lucretia
02-22-2012, 04:25 PM
Now I have to go find a towel to wipe up the drool...

BEAUTIFUL!

99Limited
02-22-2012, 10:24 PM
Would love to have this knife. Perfect length, great steel and your beautiful handle work. Maybe some day.

AFKitchenknivesguy
02-29-2012, 12:11 AM
Marko, when you get a chance shoot me a PM. Your box is full. Love your work!

Marko Tsourkan
02-29-2012, 12:52 PM
225mm gyuto
180mm gyuto
165mm petty

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Marko Tsourkan
03-05-2012, 05:40 PM
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Johnny.B.Good
03-05-2012, 05:43 PM
That will be a fun box for someone to open.

Beautiful.

heirkb
03-05-2012, 06:37 PM
Damn, those look awesome. I usually like darker handles, but that middle handle is really nice.

WillC
03-05-2012, 07:29 PM
Lovely, you have been very productive recently, looks like its all coming together.:nunchucks:

Marko Tsourkan
03-05-2012, 07:45 PM
Yes, but only recently. I really need to get my act together. People are too nice here.
I am just clearing my custom order back log from a year ago.


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apicius9
03-05-2012, 07:55 PM
That sounds familiar...

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Bulldogbacchus
03-18-2012, 06:17 PM
My box only had one in it, but it sure is beautiful.
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heldentenor
03-18-2012, 06:54 PM
Whoa! That looks outstanding, Bulldog. Can't wait to get mine.

Andrew H
03-18-2012, 06:57 PM
Congrats! Did you get a saya?

Bulldogbacchus
03-18-2012, 08:32 PM
Yes, I did. Pic to follow.

mr drinky
03-18-2012, 09:18 PM
Nice blade. I like that it is so sharp it can cut statue heads off ;)

k.

Bulldogbacchus
03-18-2012, 09:27 PM
Nice blade. I like that it is so sharp it can cut statue heads off ;)

k.

Yeah, it's sharp alright, but for head work, I may have to get one of those cleavers:viking:

Johnny.B.Good
03-19-2012, 01:02 AM
Congrats Bulldog. Stunning.

Nice work Marko!

Eamon Burke
03-19-2012, 06:51 AM
Nice blade. I like that it is so sharp it can cut statue heads off.

:spitcoffee:



And another looker of a knife. Anyone put one through the **** at work yet?

These pics are really good quality, but so tiny! Doesn't anyone have any horrendously large files I can zoom in on? I needs the close ups!

Bulldogbacchus
03-19-2012, 04:25 PM
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5.56 MB jpg...this file is huge on my computer....28% of it fills the whole screen. I dont know how to make them bigger on here.:scratchhead:

Johnny.B.Good
03-19-2012, 04:34 PM
I can't help you Bulldog. Posted a few pictures myself last week that were full size on my computer and no larger than yours here. Maybe to be large they need to be hosted on another site (e.g. Picasa, ImageShack, etc.).

Is that an ironwood handle?

Dave Martell
03-19-2012, 04:50 PM
Instead of "inserting" an image into the post use the "manage attachments" feature in the advanced settings. This will show a thumbnail that will show a full size image when clicked on. The downside is that you can't use this feature to insert an image within text to use an aid to describe something at a particular place, it'll always show at the bottom of the post instead.

I'll go look in the backend and see if I can make the insert image feature show larger images but even if I do get this working it won;t show a huge image since I can't allow an image so large that it will skew the forum appearance when shown. So if you have a real large image it'll still get significantly downsized.

Johnny.B.Good
03-19-2012, 04:56 PM
I understand you have to have size limits Dave.

Thanks for the tips...will give it a shot next time I post a picture.

Andrew H
03-19-2012, 05:18 PM
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5.56 MB jpg...this file is huge on my computer....28% of it fills the whole screen. I dont know how to make them bigger on here.:scratchhead:

Looks great, is that a poplar saya and the classic horn/spacer/ironwood Marko handle?

Marko Tsourkan
03-19-2012, 05:31 PM
I will chime in on it. It's a select grade poplar, Arizona desert ironwood handle with nickel silver spacer and buffalo horn ferrule. Pin is macassar ebony. Knife is 240mm on the edge.

This knife is one of a few that came after practicing knives, but were not a part of custom orders. I guess I can call them stock knives. I will be putting them out once I finish them. I still have 2-3 of those.

M

Bulldogbacchus
03-19-2012, 05:32 PM
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Classic Marko horn, spacer, ironwood. I am not certain of the saya wood....

I still cant get the pics to be as large as some......may be because my thumbnail is stuck up my @$$.......I knew someone was gonna say it, just beat them to it.:laughat:

Marko Tsourkan
04-29-2012, 09:55 AM
Some completed custom work. All are Shigefusa knives.

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macmiddlebrooks
04-29-2012, 11:17 AM
With all due respect to the other makers...I have to say that I am the most impressed with what I see from you. Clean, elegant and sexy come to mind as descriptives. As always, thank you for sharing your work so that I can dream of a day when I may ask you to make something :ubersexy:.

Marko Tsourkan
04-29-2012, 08:04 PM
too dark to take a good picture, but could not resist.240..

240mm DT gyuto w/redwood set

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chazmtb
04-29-2012, 10:46 PM
Come to papa!

The Edge
04-29-2012, 10:49 PM
Those handles and sayas are amazing. The redwood is especially drool worthy in my book. Great job!

99Limited
04-29-2012, 11:48 PM
too dark to take a good picture, but could not resist.240..

You're such a show-off. :lol2: More please.

Eamon Burke
04-29-2012, 11:53 PM
Oh snap! These are classy as hell, sir.

Johnny.B.Good
04-30-2012, 01:45 AM
Incredible work, Marko.

Marko Tsourkan
04-30-2012, 08:49 AM
Thank you!

Day time pics

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bprescot
04-30-2012, 10:45 AM
Wow! Those are gorgeous Marko.

Is the redwood your Bao?

Marko Tsourkan
04-30-2012, 10:49 AM
No, Bao's are two Shiges.

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DeepCSweede
04-30-2012, 10:51 AM
Some completed custom work. All are Shigefusa knives.

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These two pix are of the piece of Western Cedar Burl that I won from Mark. Marko did a fantastic job with this piece of wood.

heirkb
04-30-2012, 10:55 AM
These two pix are of the piece of Western Cedar Burl that I won from Mark. Marko did a fantastic job with this piece of wood.

I was going to ask about the wood. It's really nice (as is the work, as always).

bprescot
04-30-2012, 10:56 AM
So who gets the redwood? Also, where do they live, where do they store the knife, and what times are they generally out of the house? :D

Marko Tsourkan
05-05-2012, 01:15 PM
Getting ready to get some of these out today

Collaboration set with Devin 240mm AEB-L gyuto
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Bao's Shiges
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Reground and refinished MT practice suji with an upgraded handle
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This little Shige will go out sometimes next week
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oivind_dahle
05-05-2012, 02:02 PM
Woot. Make me one like that small shige!

mhenry
05-05-2012, 02:07 PM
WOW!

Johnny.B.Good
05-05-2012, 02:20 PM
Incredible!

I love everything you make Marko.

Eamon Burke
05-05-2012, 03:17 PM
...and this little Shige went WEE WEE WEE WEE all the way home.

Marko Tsourkan
05-05-2012, 06:29 PM
...and this little Shige went WEE WEE WEE WEE all the way home.

All of them go WEE WEE WEE when they are ready to ship, as I have had them for so long away from home.

Thanks guys,

M

tk59
05-05-2012, 07:36 PM
That practice suji looks great, Marko. Impressive.

heldentenor
05-05-2012, 10:36 PM
That practice suji looks great, Marko. Impressive.

Ditto--and it's coming my way! I'll give a full account after I've used it for awhile.

chazmtb
05-05-2012, 10:53 PM
Wee wee wee!

Aphex
05-05-2012, 11:28 PM
Ditto--and it's coming my way! I'll give a full account after I've used it for awhile.

Nice one, you've got yourself one hell of a deal.

Class as usual.

Marko Tsourkan
05-06-2012, 08:56 AM
Nice one, you've got yourself one hell of a deal.

Class as usual.

Thanks again, everybody.

M

PS: Tony, your knife is next, btw.

mattrud
05-06-2012, 03:40 PM
Waiting patiently Marko.... Just saying. Really nice work as always, I love how clean everything is.

Marko Tsourkan
05-08-2012, 03:06 PM
Close up shots of edge and geometry
250mm suji in 52100. Snakewood with blackwood ferrule and DT mokume spacer and tip handle. Asymmetrically ground. 177g. Balance point 3/4" forward.

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oivind_dahle
05-08-2012, 03:07 PM
Mine?

Marko Tsourkan
05-08-2012, 03:09 PM
No

Johnny.B.Good
05-08-2012, 03:15 PM
I absolutely love this one Marko (snakewood is a new favorite).

Deckhand
05-08-2012, 03:48 PM
Wow, that is a wicked looking knife of perfection

markenki
05-08-2012, 05:05 PM
Beautiful.

sachem allison
05-08-2012, 05:37 PM
No

make room in your pm box please!
thanks, son

Burl Source
05-08-2012, 09:26 PM
Very classy looking knife!
http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=6939&d=1336503605

mr drinky
05-10-2012, 03:37 PM
Well, my knife arrived today and it is beautiful. I haven't sharpened it, but here are some initial thoughts. The profile, length, and knuckle clearance are exactly what I wanted. I wanted a slightly shorter suji with a bit higher heel so that I could use it as an all-arounder. I haven't cut much, just a few cucumbers, but my initial reaction is very positive. Also, the new grind, seems to be very good at food release. I just did a short comparison with my Martell (I don't have another suji to compare it to) and it did release food better than that blade.

Anyhow, more impressions to come at a later date. Thanks Marko.

k.


Close up shots of edge and geometry
250mm suji in 52100. Snakewood with blackwood ferrule and DT mokume spacer and tip handle. Asymmetrically ground. 177g. Balance point 3/4" forward.

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apicius9
05-10-2012, 07:34 PM
Like most people who have worked with it, I have mixed feelings about snakewood, but that suji is clearly one of the most beautiful knives I have seen. Great work, Marko.

Stefan

Johnny.B.Good
05-10-2012, 07:50 PM
I was never sure I liked it at all until I saw it on Karring's knife, but now...incredible.

99Limited
05-10-2012, 10:08 PM
Thou shall not covet thy neighbor's knife. SAYS WHO!!!!! I'm jealous.

Marko Tsourkan
05-10-2012, 10:41 PM
Like most people who have worked with it, I have mixed feelings about snakewood, but that suji is clearly one of the most beautiful knives I have seen. Great work, Marko.

Stefan

This was my first experience working with snakewood. Overall, I didn't find it more difficult to work than most other woods. I did take some precautions and sealed any freshly worked areas with CA glue and epoxied the handle (reinforcing it from inside) but other than that, it seemed very stable.

It polishes like glass. I would love to get some more of it, but I need to pick blocks myself, as the figure can vary a lot from one side to another.

m

Marko Tsourkan
05-20-2012, 05:59 PM
52100, 180mm gyuto with D handle in Desert Ironwood, horn ferrule and N/S spacer.

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mhenry
05-20-2012, 06:07 PM
WOW! Thats pretty Marko

Dream Burls
05-20-2012, 06:31 PM
Classy and classic. I'm salivating.

tgraypots
05-20-2012, 06:54 PM
Marko, I'll have to admit to being envious of your skill set. You have an excellent eye and incredible attention to detail. Judging by pictures alone, your knives are by far my favorites of what I see online these days. I wish you continued success and can only hope that one day, maybe years from now, my knives are as good.

Marko Tsourkan
05-20-2012, 08:22 PM
Thanks guys and Tom in particular.

It's just a lot of effort (and trial and error) that eventually pays off. That doesn't translate into efficiency most of the time, but I will leave that for another day.

M

markenki
05-20-2012, 10:26 PM
Wow, Marko! Really classy.

Johnny.B.Good
05-20-2012, 10:45 PM
Fantastic.

Sushi Ninja
07-12-2012, 03:34 AM
checked out your site and really love what you did with this handle here.

http://www.tsourkanknives.com/media/com_hikashop/upload/copy%20of%20dsc_1292.jpg

almost looked like masamoto higher end knives handles

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af110/jdmdc5its/Misc/hs0433k-2.jpg

gosh, wish i could rehandle all my masamoto knives to this custom handle :knife:

Marko Tsourkan
07-12-2012, 08:51 AM
checked out your site and really love what you did with this handle here.

http://www.tsourkanknives.com/media/com_hikashop/upload/copy%20of%20dsc_1292.jpg

almost looked like masamoto higher end knives handles

http://i998.photobucket.com/albums/af110/jdmdc5its/Misc/hs0433k-2.jpg

gosh, wish i could rehandle all my masamoto knives to this custom handle :knife:


Thanks. It was a nice set.

M

Marko Tsourkan
07-21-2012, 08:59 AM
Redwood lace burl with buffalo horn and mokume spacer and Arizona Ironwood with buffalo horn and nickel silver spacer

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Burl Source
07-21-2012, 12:48 PM
Both of these are beauties. Nice work Marko!

Seth
07-21-2012, 02:58 PM
I especially like the KS!

markenki
07-23-2012, 10:28 AM
Very, very nice.

Luke_G
07-24-2012, 04:51 PM
Just Awesome!

Marko Tsourkan
07-24-2012, 10:32 PM
Thanks, guys. I get a little more efficient on these as time goes by.

M

Marko Tsourkan
11-03-2012, 09:30 AM
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Bulldogbacchus
11-03-2012, 10:41 AM
Damn, those are beautiful

Marko Tsourkan
11-03-2012, 11:31 AM
Thanks, Matt -
they are quite functional too. :)

M

Don Nguyen
11-08-2012, 10:29 AM
Hey Marko, the finish I'm seeing on these is incredible.

What grit do you end at on the grinder, and what's your progression like by hand? How long does it take for something like a 240mm?

Marko Tsourkan
11-08-2012, 03:27 PM
I stop at 120grit on the grinder then do the final geometry on the stones and diamond plates, and then do hand finishing to 600/800 grit, depending on the hardness (63.5RC = 600 grit finish). I sharpen after I attach the handle.

M

Marko Tsourkan
02-18-2013, 12:14 PM
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Vladimir
02-18-2013, 12:44 PM
Excellent :wow:

tgraypots
02-18-2013, 01:46 PM
stunning. again, I'm envious of your skill set.

Dream Burls
02-18-2013, 01:47 PM
SWEET!!!

markenki
02-18-2013, 09:53 PM
Sweet indeed!

Marko Tsourkan
02-21-2013, 05:47 PM
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markenki
02-21-2013, 05:53 PM
Looks awesome, Marko!

Marko Tsourkan
02-23-2013, 11:14 AM
Thank you.

Here are some more pictures.

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ThEoRy
02-23-2013, 01:59 PM
Dang you're really crankin em out now!

Mike9
02-23-2013, 02:14 PM
Those look great Marko - I really like the cap on the ferrule. If I sell some guitars this year we'll talk.

Marko Tsourkan
02-23-2013, 02:46 PM
Dang you're really crankin em out now!

I wish, but the changes I made only improved fit (and reduced failures related to fitting a handle), the rest is still as I did things before. I estimate that it takes me about 4 hours to make a handle from start to finish.

M

apicius9
02-23-2013, 05:15 PM
That's still less than what I would have thought. I guess the milling equipment comes in handy for the handles. I love how clean looking they come out.

Stefan

Marko Tsourkan
03-20-2013, 05:09 PM
Some latest work...

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markenki
03-20-2013, 05:21 PM
Beautiful. I want each of those items. :-)

ThEoRy
03-20-2013, 11:18 PM
14077

Marko Tsourkan
03-20-2013, 11:24 PM
Well, I got my fix with woodworking, so now I am back to knives. I will reserve only one day per week (OK, two) for woodworking. :D Honestly, it's just as addictive as making knives.

Plus, I have a reason not to rush with woodworking - the new logos are being made, so no more Marko Designs after this. The logo will be identical to the one I put on knives.

M

DoktaP
03-22-2013, 11:47 PM
Stunning work. All of it! Truly artisenal. I'm a newbie to this board and would like to know how to order or purchase one of your masterpieces.

stereo.pete
03-23-2013, 12:10 PM
I love the profile.

daddy yo yo
03-23-2013, 03:19 PM
i am getting lost... what wood was that one again?

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0vPkYtRWtGs/T5gSqckLteI/AAAAAAAAAcM/aX3V01pafJw/s1600/Marko+designs+full.jpg

Marko Tsourkan
04-13-2013, 10:21 AM
225nn gyuto in 52100 and 210 gyuto in A-2. 18"magnetic strip in birds eye maple.

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erikz
10-25-2013, 03:33 PM
14077

Just checked out this topic and I cant do anyting else than agree with you on this theory!

Marko Tsourkan
10-25-2013, 03:44 PM
Money doesn't motivate me that much (if it did, I would have sold every knife that I made thus far) , but now that I am locking myself into a financial commitment (responsibility does motivate me), expect a greater output.

M

Mrmnms
10-25-2013, 10:04 PM
Money doesn't motivate me that much (if it did, I would have sold every knife that I made thus far) , but now that I am locking myself into a financial commitment (responsibility does motivate me), expect a greater output.

M
Good new for a lot of us I think

daddy yo yo
12-14-2013, 06:48 AM
Can anyone who has a 240mm Marko gyuto please post a pic that shows how long the flat area of the blade is? I mean a pic where the edge touches the board at the heel...

Mancinism
12-16-2013, 03:48 AM
Nice D handle, I've never seen a D handle like this!
D style handle inspired by Fish and Kramer.

W2 steel with hamon (not very visible in the pictures, but visible up close - wavy pattern comparable to Japanese).

Handle is VERY comfortable.

Western handle coming in a near future. Oval handle - immediately.

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CoqaVin
12-16-2013, 10:17 AM
Marko shoot me a PM when you get a chance need to ask you something THANKS

Andrey V
01-30-2014, 07:54 AM
Hi, Marco
it looks fantastic!
i couldn't find the price on your site reg this knife ( i'm looking already for a long time for a good 270 mm Sujihiki with Saya) - could you give it?
Thank's a lot

Marko Tsourkan
02-04-2014, 08:43 PM
Some new work.

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jai
02-04-2014, 08:46 PM
Sexy work marko your photo taking skills are almost as rediculasly good as you ability to make amazing blades.

Anton
02-04-2014, 11:35 PM
Very nice work. The Honesuki and Nakiri look specially good

EdipisReks
02-04-2014, 11:46 PM
The new style looks great!

Brad Gibson
02-05-2014, 02:57 AM
that suji!

Aphex
02-05-2014, 08:06 AM
Loving the taper of the western handles. They look super comfy, as well as stunning.

icanhaschzbrgr
02-05-2014, 08:44 AM
That's sooo unfair… seeing all those pictures of beautiful knives, knowing that you have money to buy some of them, but nothing is available for sale. Damn.

Marko, have you ever considered anything from HHH arsenal (enslaving elves, making clones or working on steroids)? :)

erikz
02-05-2014, 09:26 AM
How I love that Honesuki. Petty is pretty also.

Marko Tsourkan
02-05-2014, 11:05 AM
...

Marko, have you ever considered anything from HHH arsenal (enslaving elves, making clones or working on steroids)? :)

No

Marko Tsourkan
02-05-2014, 06:23 PM
No

To be more specific, not interested in subcontracting any of my work. I am considering making stock knives with a convex grind (not as labor and time intensive as S grind thus knives will be less expensive) but I will still make them inhouse, same HT, same finish, same handles and same quality control.

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Mucho Bocho
02-05-2014, 07:26 PM
Marko, I think a lot of people would stand line if you offered a production/mid tech.. Guyto. A knife that had the advantages of a MARKO design/HT/Grind/Quality/FF but simpler with a more approachable price point <$500 . Like Devin's model.

He said, I'm making 24 knives, 12 in x and 12 in Y. No modifications. They cost this and be ready in three months. Period end of story. First come first serve. Sign up in this thread. Who wants one?

You won't have to waste time consulting with the customer, I want this, can you make it this way bla bla bla. No, Here it is, take it or leave it. I bet you'll find a lot of takers around here, including me.

Marko you could also merchandise other products to those customers improving your margin in a single transaction.

PS: That being said, Devin did phone to let me know the knife was done, even offered a choice of three handle materials. He is such a gracious soul.

EdipisReks
02-05-2014, 07:37 PM
I agree.

Von blewitt
02-05-2014, 07:58 PM
Markos knives are already <$500 for a custom

Lefty
02-05-2014, 08:32 PM
Holy ******* ****!

Marko Tsourkan
02-05-2014, 08:59 PM
Mid-tech implies that some of the processes are farmed out. Farming out laser or water jet cutting blanks would be fine, but the rest, I have no intention of sourcing. Simply put, the grind and the HT are the most important processes and these will be always done in house.

If I stay afloat in the knife making business, and I hope I will, I will invest in some $$ equipment down the road to automate some of the steps.

My business model is pretty simple - to keep the knives affordable, which requires to be innovative and find efficiency where it could be found. I am trying to think "out of box" and more often than not, it works.

I can grind and finish a convex blade 30 percent faster than an S grind blade, so offering convex blades for stock knives will be the first step. Lottery will continue be knives that I don't make often or highly desirable types like gyutos. These will be done one per week.

I will be bogged down with my custom orders for quite some time (likely over a year) and my list is closed, so stock knives and lottery knives will be the only way to get one of my knives.

EdipisReks
02-05-2014, 09:00 PM
Mid-tech implies that some of the processes are farmed out.

I don't think that's true.

Marko Tsourkan
02-05-2014, 09:03 PM
I don't think that's true.

I am just paraphrasing Ken Onion's definition of mid-tech, which I agree with.

EdipisReks
02-05-2014, 09:05 PM
I am just paraphrasing Ken Onion's definition of mid-tech, which I agree with.

I'm not sure I would use Ken Onion as my baseline...

Marko Tsourkan
02-05-2014, 09:27 PM
I'm not sure I would use Ken Onion as my baseline...

I would. I might not dig his kitchen knives, but I greatly respect him as a knife maker.

ecchef
02-05-2014, 09:34 PM
Marko, I'm confident that whatever business plan you settle on will be as well thought out and executed as your knives are.

jgraeff
02-05-2014, 10:10 PM
Marko,

Those look amazing! The nakiri really caught my eye.

Everything you produce is simply an amazing craft of art!

EdipisReks
02-05-2014, 10:30 PM
I would. I might not dig his kitchen knives, but I greatly respect him as a knife maker.

*shrug*

jer
02-05-2014, 10:48 PM
I was under the impression that Ken Onion coined the term.

EdipisReks
02-05-2014, 10:50 PM
I was under the impression that Ken Onion coined the term.

meh

jai
02-05-2014, 11:00 PM
Quality over quantity guys come on. Seriously.

EdipisReks
02-05-2014, 11:06 PM
Quality over quantity guys come on. Seriously.

I don't see how standardizing the line reduces quality.

mr drinky
02-05-2014, 11:10 PM
Some new work.

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That is one of the most beautiful knife pornography shots I have seen in some time. Excellent work Marko.

k.

DevinT
02-05-2014, 11:46 PM
Dude, very nice!

Hoss

cclin
02-06-2014, 12:00 AM
me like.... now, there are two western handle I really love...Marko & Rader!!

Lucretia
02-06-2014, 12:34 AM
Wow, Marko! Those are gorgeous!

eshua
02-06-2014, 02:33 PM
It took carter decades to find capable people and some were paying moderately huge sums for the chance to take his classes.

If mid-tech meant he could work with with his 20 something son who'd been the the shop for ages and finished his metulrgy masters it would be different than hiring and training someone.

All these guys have taken different paths to get where they are, and to me that adds to the value a handmade product. I can knock out most of my kitchen work with reground crap knives. Getting special ones is about having some fun, and a story helps that along.

Mucho Bocho
02-06-2014, 02:54 PM
To the contrary, Henry Ford was concerned that his quality would be compromised as well. So he created a method for standardizing production. It can all still be done in house by one guy. Just create batches of things as opposed to one off's. Limit the offering selection and batch sizes, again like what Devin does. He produces perfectly consistent pieces, in small controled batches and we're all lucky for it. I can't wait for my #2 ITK to arrive. Love to say the same about a Marko someday.


I don't see how standardizing the line reduces quality.

Marko Tsourkan
07-20-2014, 02:31 PM
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cookinstuff
07-20-2014, 02:37 PM
looks good Marko.

marc4pt0
07-20-2014, 02:40 PM
Damn that looks good. Hot Damn!

jigert
07-20-2014, 04:31 PM
Truly amazing. Great work, Marko!

chefcomesback
07-20-2014, 06:48 PM
Unicorn spotted...


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knyfeknerd
07-20-2014, 07:09 PM
I crapped my pants.
Again.

apathetic
07-22-2014, 08:34 AM
That is a beatiful knife!

CB1968
07-23-2014, 07:10 AM
Awesome work Marko the Koa looks amazing, and lucky Rami!!

Marko Tsourkan
07-30-2014, 09:16 AM
250mm gyuto in A2 and 180mm nakiri in AEB-L. Ziricote wood on both handles. Nakiri features modified octagonal handle.

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