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Marko Tsourkan
05-30-2012, 02:55 PM
It will be a month or two before I start putting those out, but I wanted to give an early heads up for those who might be interested. Those who have an order with me, can change to this type, if they like.

For the foreseeable future, 52100 will be the only option. Maybe I will add W2 later.

These will be one-piece, forged out of round 52100 bar stock.

They will be hidden tang as well as full tang knives.

Specs and dimensions are to come.

M

chazmtb
05-30-2012, 03:20 PM
Man you like to spice things up!

Vertigo
05-30-2012, 03:44 PM
So. Hot. Right. Now.

Marko Tsourkan
05-30-2012, 03:50 PM
I have been in a search for a Western handle for some time now.

I like to make what I like and this type appeals to me (as has had in the past) most, despite being the most challenging to make, plus I have to source blanks, as I have no capacity of forging them myself.

Despite all the difficulty of making and the cost, I am all for it.

M

kalaeb
05-30-2012, 04:04 PM
:D

I am so happy I could cry.

Marko Tsourkan
05-30-2012, 04:22 PM
:D

I am so happy I could cry.

Not so fast, the prototype will have peened bolster on. I am just starting getting my stuff together for integrals.

M

Dream Burls
05-30-2012, 05:12 PM
Variety is the spice of life. Water please!!!

kalaeb
05-30-2012, 05:15 PM
Not so fast, the prototype will have peened bolster on. I am just starting getting my stuff together for integrals.

M

Still a western, works for me. Its hard being a western guy on a wa forum.

Eamon Burke
05-30-2012, 06:46 PM
Im pro western, myself. I dream about integrals.

Marko Tsourkan
05-30-2012, 08:04 PM
Michael Rader and Bill Burke are the ones responsible. :D

I will also play with peened bolsters, but my preferences are clearly slanted toward integrals. Love that seamless transition.

M

ecchef
05-30-2012, 08:55 PM
Slanted integrals? Like a UX-10?!? :tease:

Damn..now I gotta sell two kidneys! :(

Marko Tsourkan
05-30-2012, 09:01 PM
No Sir,
this is going to be slanted only in the front. Sort of like BK does his.

M

markenki
05-30-2012, 11:34 PM
Wow, that sounds great. Any spy photos?

Marko Tsourkan
05-31-2012, 12:00 AM
No, but I will have a prototype (unless I mess it up) at ECG on Sunday.

M

ecchef
05-31-2012, 10:39 AM
If there's any chance of a global passaround....count me in!:begging:

Lucretia
05-31-2012, 12:08 PM
Looks like it's time to check the couch cushions for $$$...

:sofa:

tgraypots
05-31-2012, 04:23 PM
No, but I will have a prototype (unless I mess it up) at ECG on Sunday.

M

please post pics.

Justin0505
05-31-2012, 06:23 PM
WOW. I don't know how I missed that your online order form was up and running. I had PM'd and email several times when you first started making knives and was kinda bummed out that I wasnt on the ball enough to get in on the first batch, but I think that it all worked out in the end. I have a bit of of an integral bolster obsession and am thrilled to get inline at this point.

I know that obsessive R&D and then exhaustive mgf time puts delivery time out pretty far into the future, but I'm already excited! Let me know if you need pass-around / testing feedback.

mc2442
05-31-2012, 11:20 PM
Looking forward to seeing some pictures once you have an example ready.

Cipcich
06-01-2012, 04:04 AM
Integral hilts sound vaguely familiar, especially to old guys. Aiming high?

Cipcich
06-01-2012, 04:20 AM
And what, now you're offering G-10 and micarta handles? Sounds likes Bob Loveless all over.

Cipcich
06-01-2012, 05:13 AM
Wait a minute. Look at Marko's custom order form.
I really like the black micarta ferrules on Dave's knives, and I asked Marko about micarta a long time ago, only to be rebuffed.
But a Marko with a G-10 or micarta handle would be a major transition.
The mind reels. At least my mind . . .

Marko Tsourkan
06-01-2012, 10:48 AM
G10 was as a utilitarian option meant for Western handles only. For wa, I will continue using horn, metal and wood, no plastic.

On a second thought, I removed G10 as an option. Sometimes fewer options is better than too many.

M

markenki
06-02-2012, 12:00 AM
On a second thought, I removed G10 as an option. Sometimes fewer options is better than too many.
M
Indeed. Good decision!

heirkb
06-02-2012, 12:52 AM
What's the beef with G10? I could see a plain black G10 as being very nice for a pro kitchen.