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Burl Source
06-25-2012, 04:23 PM
One of the guys here wanted me to pick out two of the best Koa blocks from the newest batch.


http://youtu.be/l_tgo2LDjE0

HHH Knives
06-25-2012, 04:28 PM
WOW Mark, beautiful Koa. Lets see if I can be of helo here..
I would choose the bottom right and middle left.
But the top right and bottom left are also amazing.
Now that I look at the video again I would say the middle right and top left are the ones!!

yea...
close your eyes and just grab 2 there all amazing!!!

Johnny.B.Good
06-25-2012, 04:30 PM
Middle right to me stands out for some reason.

kalaeb
06-25-2012, 04:33 PM
Hmm, Pesky perhaps...middle left, top right.

markenki
06-25-2012, 04:51 PM
Hmm, Pesky perhaps...middle left, top right.
+1
The wavy lines that go through the blocks lengthwise add an interesting pattern. But, really, choose any two at random and you'd be good. Not sure that helped, but there you go.

Regards,

Mark

Deckhand
06-25-2012, 05:22 PM
Bottom left, and middle right.

Johnny.B.Good
06-25-2012, 05:33 PM
Bottom left, and middle right.

+1

Bottom left would be my second favorite after middle right.

markenki
06-25-2012, 06:03 PM
Yup, those are pretty, too! So are top left and bottom right. :)

Deckhand
06-25-2012, 06:13 PM
Like Johnny.B.Good the Middle right is my favorite followed by bottom left. I didn't specify originally due to the two blocks needed. I understand they are all pretty. For me it comes down to visual tightness of grain alignment and how it runs in the block perpendicular to the edges.

Johnny.B.Good
06-25-2012, 06:14 PM
:)

I prefer "straight" horizontal lines across the block, but they're all nice.

Deckhand
06-25-2012, 06:14 PM
:)

I prefer "straight" horizontal lines across the block, but they're all nice.

Ditto

Mike Davis
06-25-2012, 06:46 PM
Middle left is my favorite for sure...But i seem to gravitate towards diagonal cut pieces...not sure why.

Deckhand
06-25-2012, 06:55 PM
This is interesting diagonal vs perpendicular. Neither is wrong or right. It's like a personality test.:D

Johnny.B.Good
06-25-2012, 07:01 PM
Middle left is my favorite for sure...But i seem to gravitate towards diagonal cut pieces...not sure why.

Because something's wrong with you. ;)

Deckhand
06-25-2012, 07:03 PM
Because something's wrong with you. ;)
Lmao :rofl2:

kalaeb
06-25-2012, 07:05 PM
On second thought it is too hard to tell from the video. Go ahead and send them my way and I will make sure to pick the two best ones....

SpikeC
06-25-2012, 07:08 PM
One man's meat is another mans motorcycle.

Burl Source
06-25-2012, 08:29 PM
One man's meat is another mans motorcycle.
You've been doubling up on your meds again, haven't you?

markenki
06-25-2012, 08:33 PM
I prefer diagonal as well. :)

Burl Source
06-25-2012, 09:27 PM
:)

I prefer "straight" horizontal lines across the block, but they're all nice.

Like this?
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/3743a.jpg

SpikeC
06-25-2012, 09:36 PM
That diagonal line constitutes a defect, I want my money back!

Crothcipt
06-25-2012, 09:37 PM
lol

Johnny.B.Good
06-26-2012, 01:49 AM
Like this?
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/3743a.jpg

This works, yes. ;)

El Pescador
06-26-2012, 01:53 AM
This works, yes. ;)


Yes it does.

Burl Source
06-26-2012, 07:53 PM
That diagonal line constitutes a defect, I want my money back!
I used to try to cut the blocks so the lines in the figure were straight instead of diagonal. Then a few of the guys here asked for diagonal so I started cutting both ways.

Here is a bad photo of the ones selected plus my 2 cents worth of opinion how to use them. (trying to make them monkey proof)
The top piece looks bad in the photo but when you turn it just a little the diagonal lines triple in number and light up.
http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/apr12/001-17.jpg

markenki
06-26-2012, 08:08 PM
That top piece was my favorite. I like the orientation you chose. Would love to see it after its metamorphosis into a handle.

Burl Source
06-26-2012, 08:58 PM
That top piece was my favorite. I like the orientation you chose. Would love to see it after its metamorphosis into a handle.
Me too!
I probably need to send Dave a piece so we can see how it looks on one of his new hidden tang western handles.

apicius9
06-27-2012, 12:10 AM
That's a nice set, ist that other piece some of the perverted redwood? :) You seem to have an endless supply of beautiful koa. Still envious, but at least I got my hands on some of my favorite types in the meantime, I tend more toward the darker old growth pieces. I have a feeling that each of the ones you showed will look beautiful in the end.

Stefan