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HHH Knives
02-07-2012, 11:59 PM
Started on this one a few days back. thought I would share a few pictures of the progress!

This is some of Randy Jr's Tsunami pattern damascus. and is going to be a 300mm suij Heres the billet, with my VERY precise sharpy marks! lol

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4333&d=1328673141http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4334&d=1328673147

Here it is after removing some of the metal.. Its starting to look like a SUJI!

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4335&d=1328673153

and again after fine tuning the profile a bit.

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4336&d=1328673158


And a SNEAK PEEK. Here she is ground and etched! I love Jr's Tsunami pattern steel. Its some slick looking stuff!

http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4337&d=1328673165

Thanks for checking out the thread. Any questions or comments welcomed!

Randy

sachem allison
02-08-2012, 12:18 AM
nice looking work guys!
Haven't heard from you in a few days must be busy.

HHH Knives
02-08-2012, 08:46 AM
Thanks Son, Yep we have been busy.. Jr is forging like a mad man, trying to stay ahead of the custom orders and keep a inventory of steel available for the web site etc.. I am always busy!! and normally have at least 3 knives in process (often more) at all times, and this week I was planning 3 more new projects and thinking about the next few on my list. ordering supply's etc. etc. etc.. Its a KNIFE LIFE! :)

Thanks for checking out the thread.

This one has evolved quite a bit from its original "plan" As most of my knife projects seem to do.. :D Its went from a standard western style handle to a western Wa shaped handle.. The Tsunami pattern damascus on this one has started a theme if you will. WATER! Im going to have Kanji "tsunami" wave symbols, engraved into the pins that hold the handles on. And We just changed basically everything yesterday. Redesigning the handle and even switching handle materials..

((Thanks Son, I love you man!)) :D

Water can be one of the most powerful and deadly forces on earth.. A angry hippo is the next most powerful and deadly force on earth! LMAO!! Thats sort of a theme!! no?

Deckhand
02-08-2012, 11:46 AM
Very nice! You guys do great things.

Candlejack
02-08-2012, 11:48 AM
I really, really love it.

wenus2
02-08-2012, 03:28 PM
its a cool pattern for sure. looking forward to seeing the finished product!
Nice work!

Don Nguyen
02-08-2012, 03:48 PM
Sheeeesh. How do you get such CLEAN contrasts in the etching?!

Randy Jr
02-08-2012, 06:20 PM
Sheeeesh. How do you get such CLEAN contrasts in the etching?!
The key is starting with HHH damascus!:wink:

Crothcipt
02-08-2012, 09:25 PM
nice Randy

HHH Knives
02-09-2012, 09:07 AM
The key is starting with HHH damascus!:wink:

Thats what I was gona say.. But Im glad Jr fielded that one! lol :)

HHH Knives
02-09-2012, 09:31 AM
OK so the handle materials for this one have "spoken!!" This one is going to be KNICE! :thumbsup:

The handle will have front and rear pieces of Hippo Ivory sandwiching some of Craig s amazing stabilized burl wood. :eek2:

Funny thing how things go sometimes.. This knife has taken on a mind of its own, and I have changed materials totally at least twice from what I had thought when I put this on paper.. :) It may sound CRAZY..:crazy: but sometimes. a knife will "tell" me what it wants.. This one was Screaming all week and kept changer her mind!! and was actually sorta pushy about it at times.. lol

Long and the short of it, Yes.. Im sorta CRAZY!! lol Yet the best knives I have made. were the ones I "listened to" more and dictated less. :bonsai:


Thanks guys for checking out the thread.

WildBoar
02-09-2012, 12:59 PM
Dang, that one's going to be another fantastic HHH creation! But to stick with the theme, I would think walrus tusk would be better then hippo... :cool2:

HHH Knives
02-09-2012, 01:06 PM
Dave, Thats a great idea! Forward me a couple of large tusks. Blue would be best! lol :) JK..

Thanks man.

HHH Knives
02-17-2012, 05:20 PM
Hello and good day!

I finally got the handles attached and shaped out on this. I gota say, Im super happy with the handle combination and the way this one came together!

This is only the second Wa style handle I have done. Let me know what you guys think of her!

Next, the pins are being engraved with a Tsunami wave symbol. More Pictures to come!

Here are the specs.

OAL 454mm, 17 7/8"
Blade, 300mm Tsunami pattern damascus 1080 and 15n20
Heel height, 47mm
Spine thickness, 2.5mm fileworked.
Handle Western/Wa construction, hippo ivory and stabilized birch. Stainless and mosaic pins. aprox 138mm

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/TsunamiSuji030.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/TsunamiSuji051.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/TsunamiSuji046.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/TsunamiSuji054.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/TsunamiSuji043.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/TsunamiSuji040.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/TsunamiSuji063.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/TsunamiSuji061.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/TsunamiSuji088.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/TsunamiSuji103.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/TsunamiSuji095.jpg

Thanks for looking Comments and critiques welcomed.

DarrenSwerid
02-17-2012, 05:46 PM
I love the filework on the spine! :thumbsup:

Twistington
02-17-2012, 05:59 PM
I would skip the filework except for the endcap, I liked the use of corbys instead of hidden pins on a western-wa.

And as you wrote "Im super happy with the handle combination[...]" could not agree more on this. :)

PierreRodrigue
02-17-2012, 06:08 PM
Nice Randy! The ivory is gorgeous! Little wonder it fetches admiration and price!! Nice combo my friend.

sachem allison
02-17-2012, 06:10 PM
awesome work. that ivory looks great with the handle.

Deckhand
02-17-2012, 06:16 PM
Wow! That is some great work. You just raised the bar.
Ditto on the awesome file work.

HHH Knives
02-17-2012, 06:31 PM
awesome work. that ivory looks great with the handle.

Thank you Son. The tooth is very cool stuff. Its seems harder then other ivory's I have used. But the stuff polishes to a glass like smoother then silk finish.
I really like it, Again thanks!

HHH Knives
02-17-2012, 06:33 PM
Thanks Darren. I like filework and think it adds alot of class to some knives!! :D

HHH Knives
02-17-2012, 06:37 PM
I would skip the filework except for the endcap, I liked the use of corbys instead of hidden pins on a western-wa.

And as you wrote "Im super happy with the handle combination[...]" could not agree more on this. :)

Filework only on the end cap. Thats a cool Idea. I will be doing that! I love Corby's, and agree there almost always a safe and good option for a western handle. These are the LARGE corby's and are going to be engraved with a Tsunami wave symbol. Should be a great addition to the overall look and theme if you will of the knife!

HHH Knives
02-17-2012, 06:37 PM
Nice Randy! The ivory is gorgeous! Little wonder it fetches admiration and price!! Nice combo my friend.

Thanks Pierre. :D The stuff is very nice and looks amazing!!

WildBoar
02-17-2012, 06:44 PM
Wow! Does she got a sister?!? :spiteful:

HHH Knives
02-17-2012, 08:15 PM
LOL , David. she does and she is already spoken for! lol :) Thanks guys for the comments and checking out our work!

Its a KNIFE LIFE!
Randy

The Edge
02-17-2012, 08:45 PM
Nice knife! Are we going to be seeing Earth, Wind, and Fire next? :D

SpikeC
02-17-2012, 08:52 PM
Very impressive work of knife-art!

Mike Davis
02-18-2012, 01:13 AM
Very, very nice!!! The ivory looks pretty amazing, as does the whole package. Handle combo works real well for me.... Two thumbs up buddy!!!

Eamon Burke
02-18-2012, 01:22 AM
This is really exciting. I think your attitude is going to push American custom kitchen sharps in the right direction.

HHH Knives
02-18-2012, 02:31 AM
Thanks Guys!

Eamon.. Im just having way to much fun!! I love my customers, and working with the unique and different materials to create cool knives! And the cool people in the knife community, well you know, There are none better, anywhere!

When I was a boy, a wise old gentlemen told me "Find something you love to to, learn to do it well, and you will never have to work another day in your life." As a 11 year old boy that was a real, :dontknow:.. and I pondered on his words for some time.

Im happy to say. After many years, I figured out exactly what he meant. This is it, he was right and I love it! Its my passion and obsession!!

Its just such a blessing that we are so well received by you knife Knits!! :thanx:

Thanks!

Customfan
02-19-2012, 11:52 AM
Very nice:cool2:!

Customfan
02-19-2012, 11:55 AM
I am at loss of words Randy! Superb work on the Suji... just when I think your work can't get any better you and Jr. hit it out of the ballpark!

And by the way.. I feel the same way, your level of passion and commitment shows in your work! Congratulations!

:doublethumbsup:

HHH Knives
03-01-2012, 08:56 AM
Sneak peak!! :)

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/Got%20BURL/engraving009.jpg

Deckhand
03-01-2012, 11:34 AM
Is that a wave pattern? Looks good.

HHH Knives
03-01-2012, 11:43 AM
Tsunami wave engraving! To go with the Tsunami pattern blade..

Lefty
03-01-2012, 02:08 PM
Really cool handle, Randy. I need to try one of your blades out soon....

WildBoar
03-01-2012, 02:18 PM
oh man, that is so cool!

Deckhand
03-01-2012, 02:51 PM
Tsunami wave engraving! To go with the Tsunami pattern blade..
That is really cool!

Eamon Burke
03-01-2012, 03:14 PM
So badass.

Deckhand
03-01-2012, 03:22 PM
I love you guys. I don't know how you do it. Every day what totally outrageous idea can we come up with today and actually make it happen. Never fails to impress.

HHH Knives
03-01-2012, 04:40 PM
Really cool handle, Randy. I need to try one of your blades out soon....

PM inbound!

Lefty
03-01-2012, 05:17 PM
PM inbound!

I also need to win the "Cash for Life Lottery" soon........ :D

Eamon Burke
03-01-2012, 11:56 PM
I think it'll be next year before I have money set aside that I can use to buy a custom chef's knife...but when I do, I'm goin to you! Get ready to work your ass off though!

Andrew H
03-02-2012, 10:19 AM
I think it'll be next year before I have money set aside that I can use to buy a custom chef's knife...but when I do, I'm goin to you! Get ready to work your ass off though!

"You heard me right, Randy, I want file work on the blade face."

Nice work, Randy. I really like the extra pin work.

HHH Knives
03-02-2012, 02:20 PM
Thanks Guys! Im really pleased with how this one has came together.. and I appreciate the kind comments.. Eamon, I look forward to working with you on a project!! :)

HHH Knives
03-04-2012, 03:19 PM
Here it is guys! This one is finished and ready for delivery!

Specs.

300mm blade, Tsunami pattern damascus steel,1080 and 15n20. RC 59/60,
2.5mm above the heel tapering to 1mm a inch behind the tip.
Heel height is 47.1mm and the balance point is right at the heel.

Western Wa style handle slight taper. With Hippo ivory and stabilized birch burl. Mosaic pins and Tsunami wave engraved stainless pins. Engraving by my friend, Doug Sutherland.

Custom presentation box, Walnut with cocobolo burl handle and brass fittings. Made by another great friend and wood worker extraordinaire, Thomas Blevins.

I feel that this knife and the combined efforts of myself and these other great craftsman, have come together to make this Suji quite exceptional.. :D

Thanks for looking and feel free to ask questions, comment, or contact me for more info about this or any knife!


http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos005.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos007.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos014.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos098.jpg http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos108.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos118.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos123.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos126.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos128.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos140.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos142.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos147.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos173.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos157.jpghttp://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos174.jpg

A special thanks to Jim for working with me and letting me get creative, making this one a lot of fun to make!! Im looking forward to our future projects!

The Edge
03-04-2012, 03:28 PM
Beautiful work all around!

kalaeb
03-04-2012, 03:31 PM
WOW!

Deckhand
03-04-2012, 03:37 PM
Really amazing!

WildBoar
03-04-2012, 03:41 PM
another one hit out of the park by HHH.

bcrano
03-04-2012, 04:08 PM
Wow. What a drooler...

sachem allison
03-04-2012, 04:56 PM
waiting! waiting! waiting! awesome work guys!

Eamon Burke
03-04-2012, 05:19 PM
Hot damn!:fanning:

I love the shot where you can see the texture on the pins. That is a really great touch!

DarrenSwerid
03-04-2012, 09:37 PM
:doublethumbsup:

Mike Davis
03-04-2012, 10:49 PM
Not bad for a Michigan guy.... :D

HHH Knives
03-05-2012, 11:43 AM
Not bad for a Michigan guy.... :D

HEHE! :D Thanks Mike, And everyone who commented!!

Lefty
03-05-2012, 12:55 PM
Wow!
Damn!!
Amazing!!!

Johnny.B.Good
03-05-2012, 05:28 PM
Pretty amazing.

Love the "treasure chest" you built for it.

HHH Knives
03-07-2012, 07:18 PM
Thanks guys! :) This one should arrive at its new home today. :D

PierreRodrigue
03-07-2012, 10:32 PM
Beautiful Randy! Well done!

HHH Knives
03-08-2012, 02:15 AM
Pierre, I have much respect for you, as well as your work. :) Thanks for the complement.. It means alot.

I received word that the knife made it to its new home.. :D

jvslagle
03-20-2012, 09:44 AM
Hey all you knife junkies here on KKF.......all I can say about this massive Suji is WOW!!!!!! Obviously I knew it was going to be big, but until you actually have it in your hand you don't truly appreciate the scale. The next thing you notice is that it is lighter than you think it is going to be based on it's proportions, and exceptionally well balanced...which only serves to magnify the wow factor. Then you are struck by the perfect.....and I really do mean perfect.....uniformity of the Tsunami pattern steel that Randy Jr. conjured forth from his forge. I have seen a lot of Damascus Steel through the years made by a lot of "masters" but this sincerely ranks among the top 3 or 4 pieces I have seen in my life including the late great Sid Birt's masterful work and who personally infected me with this 30 year Damascus obsession. Next you notice the 360 degree file work which is stunning in its precison thorn and vine pattern and how it gives the knife an elegant old world feel that would lead you to believe it had been made a long time ago. Then you get to the fit and finish of Randy's Western Wa handle and the extraordinary precision he employed in marrying all the different materials, which to the naked eye and careful touch have the illusion of being one seamless piece, and how your hand naturally conforms to its contours. This is when you truly realize that this amazing piece of art is 100% functional. Rarely have I seen anything, much less a knife, that so beautifully integrated form and function into one harmonious package. Bravo Randy and Randy Jr. on knockng this one out of the park. I already have five other knives that are on the HHH Custom waiting list and based on the way "Tsunamji" turned out I cannot wait to see the others. I will also say that the experience of working with Randy has been an absolute pleasure and a privilege. The process of sharing ideas and selecting materials made this project very collaborative and gave me a deep appreciation for the kind and humble gentleman that Randy Haas is and precisely why I will be a customer for life.

HHH Knives
03-21-2012, 11:11 PM
jvslagle. Thanks for the awesome complements on the knife. Its very humbling coming from someone who has so many amazing pieces in there collection. and has dealt with as many awesome craftsmen as you have. Thank you sir.

I am so happy that you are please with it! I know we are very proud of that Suji. I just love it when a plan comes together! :D

Im looking forward to starting the next project! And please once you have had a chance to really get a feel for the suji. Send me you impressions. Thats how I continue to grow and learn is from honest feedback from the users!

Again I appreciate the write up. Its great to know your lovin your new knife!!!

God Bless YA!
Randy

Don Nguyen
03-24-2012, 02:31 PM
http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g428/HHHKnives/HHH%20Knives/sujifinalphotos005.jpg

What's that other knife??

I have to say, this suji is one of my favorites. Looove the handle scheme.

HHH Knives
03-24-2012, 04:16 PM
Thanks Don, The other think is a San Mai damascus clad over AEB-L test blade. Heres a link with more info and pictures! http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/5208-San-Mai-Gyuto