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WillC
05-25-2012, 04:51 AM
Its loosely based on the Kramer "Diamond shape" handle, but a bit less angular.
I think this one could get slimmer on the side profiles for my hand. But this is the general idea. Twin ferrule/endcap design, the square is ground down, "on the diamond" with the corners out, and a sweeping taper on both ends, the top sharps are rounded. I think it feels nice and aids a handle grip just infront or further forward with comfort and control. What do you think?:biggrin:

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120524_174912.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120524_174951.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120524_175020.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120524_175025.jpg

You can pinch grip on the front of the handle
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP2677.jpg
Further forward
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP2678.jpg

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP2679.jpg

ecchef
05-25-2012, 05:10 AM
Not sure about the handle Will, but you had better get some antiseptic on that finger!:D

oivind_dahle
05-25-2012, 05:21 AM
IMO:

I like wa handle that distal taper. But then again it might be just me :)
More like this: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7236/7132959381_65ba90478c_b.jpg

I feel like I have better control that way and I get to use more of the hand. But then again I never tried to hold yours...

Mingooch
05-25-2012, 09:30 AM
It looks nice to me, but really hard to say without feeling it in my hand.

zitangy
05-25-2012, 10:36 AM
A comfortable handle + a well chosen balance point suitable with your holding style that is adopted for the particular chore and comfortably suited with your cutting technique i suppose hopefully will become your go to knife for that task.

Not many people really analyse or realize what makes a very comfortable knife. Looks are secondary to me..

personally.. the rounding of the choil adn spine is paramountly important to me. No sharp edges on the metal and handle that will cause a callous index finger! thats no good!

I have not tested the wooded tapered wa handle to test... as I find this quest ( hopefully not a Holy Grail) interesting.. and will definitely request this handle type for the next knife.

Have fun
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rgds
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Marko Tsourkan
05-25-2012, 12:23 PM
Its loosely based on the Kramer "Diamond shape" handle, but a bit less angular.
I think this one could get slimmer on the side profiles for my hand. But this is the general idea. Twin ferrule/endcap design, the square is ground down, "on the diamond" with the corners out, and a sweeping taper on both ends, the top sharps are rounded. I think it feels nice and aids a handle grip just infront or further forward with comfort and control. What do you think?:biggrin:

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120524_174912.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120524_174951.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120524_175020.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/20120524_175025.jpg

You can pinch grip on the front of the handle
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP2677.jpg
Further forward
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP2678.jpg

http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP2679.jpg

It should work fine for a pinch grip.

M

Still-edo
05-25-2012, 12:54 PM
Yeah I think that would feel nice in the pinch grip. Regular handles always have a void at 9 o'clock forcing your fingers to wrap back into the side of the handle.

stevenStefano
05-25-2012, 01:08 PM
I like it. It looks like it would be very comfortable to use and it's something a little different

Deckhand
05-25-2012, 01:26 PM
Looks interesting and may be cutting edge and sell a lot. That being said when I get one of your knives to add to my collection I will go with your other style. I think your knives already border on perfection.

WillC
05-26-2012, 04:47 AM
Many thanks for help Guys, and comments, your feedback is invaluable to me. I will continue to work on this style as an option and also offer the octagonal handle with the tapered front.

Salty dog
05-26-2012, 09:59 AM
IMO, there's a reason for the "point" running along the right side of a "D" handle. It's a matter of style but I and I assume others use that ridge to assist in canting the blade slightly when using certain cutting methods. Also when using more of a finger tip type grip when working with delicate items it's invaluable in manuvering and rotating the knife in your hand quickly. It also makes for an obvious referance point for your fingers. Also I'm not a fan of a taper at the end of a handle. The pinky and ring finger need as much leverage as possible. Cutting down the end works against that. Even most Western handles have a larger end more or less for the same reason.

I'm a big "D" handle guy for the reasons stated above.

Aphex
05-26-2012, 04:25 PM
I think it has good and bad points. The taperd ferrule on my knife has proven to be more comfortable than the traditional wa shape as it allows for my thumb and fingers to lie in a more natural position. I agree that the mid section could do with losing a bit of belly. My bigest problem is with the endcap. I simply dont think the tapering works at the rear of the handle. I think it would look much better if it ran parallel with the thinner mid section.

WillC
05-27-2012, 07:14 AM
Thanks very much for that, its given me a bit more direction with this. So possibly a right hand left hand version, with more of a ridge on one side to fit in the hand D style, with a more rounded part on the other side. I get what your saying about the taper at the back. My thoughts with this one were for the handle to fill the hand a bit more in the front/middle to try and give more stability that way. But I'll gladly take your comments on board.:biggrin:

WillC
06-16-2012, 10:06 AM
Right some feedback from you guys was great. I have made some adaptions and am very happy with the result. Its a compromise. I think it feels great. My diamond D.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP2834.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP2835.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP2836.jpg
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP2838.jpg
Let me know what you think, I like it so much I glued it on now,:D

WillC
06-16-2012, 12:46 PM
Forgot the top profile pic.
http://i798.photobucket.com/albums/yy262/catcheside/IMGP2837.jpg

Crothcipt
06-16-2012, 09:06 PM
I like it.