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wsfarrell
06-27-2012, 11:34 PM
I'm looking at having the handle replaced on a Shigefusa 240 kasumi gyuto. I scour the web looking for nice wood, but it's really hard to imagine what a given piece will look like on the knife. So I've set up a PowerPoint slide that allows me to do a lot of playing around with different woods on that knife. The process went as follows:

1. Take a picture of the knife and import it into PP, resize and position it.
2. Go to arizonaironwood, burlsource, eBay, etc., and download pictures of wood blocks. If a site won't let me "save" an image (like eBay), I use CaptureWiz to get it.
3. I use the IrfanView app to rotate and resize the downloaded photos, then import them into PP.

In the end I get something like the slide below, with the Shig on top and various potential handles below it.

http://vstat.com/photos/screen1.jpg

In this next screenshot I've put the black-dyed buckeye handle on to see what it might look like:

http://vstat.com/photos/screen2.jpg

And in this last shot I'm trying the green-dyed box elder handle on for appearance.

http://vstat.com/photos/screen3.jpg

It's far from perfect, but it helps me a lot. I'm leaning toward the black buckeye at the moment. :)

add
06-27-2012, 11:37 PM
Hey, very cool.

Seen it applied to paint colors on houses and wheels on specific car models... so why not knives?

Eamon Burke
06-27-2012, 11:41 PM
This is cool.

DeepCSweede
06-27-2012, 11:49 PM
Very cool process and buckeye burl is a great choice.

The Edge
06-28-2012, 12:29 AM
Very cool! Are you going to do a plain black ferrule, or are you going to download more wood and create more slideshows?

apicius9
06-28-2012, 12:32 AM
Great! Have been meaning to do smething like that for years with my own wood stash, but just taking all the pictures would take me so long that I never really followed up with it. Using the available pics certainly makes it easier.

Stefan

wsfarrell
06-28-2012, 01:13 AM
Very cool! Are you going to do a plain black ferrule, or are you going to download more wood and create more slideshows?

Could get kind of busy with a figured ferrule. I'm thinking maybe plain black with a spacer--red, silver, I don't know.

It would be great if someone would write an app for this. Problem is, the worldwide market would be like 6.

Deckhand
06-28-2012, 02:13 AM
Very cool idea and application.

richinva
06-28-2012, 09:52 AM
Great tool!

pkb
07-05-2012, 12:42 PM
Neat. I've done some work designing knives in CAD and there's always a gap between what I think of it in CAD and what I think of it when it's cut out and profiled in the physical world. Most of my final templates are roughly created in CAD and then adjusted when I can actually hold the steel and look at it from different angles. I'm sure there will be parallels between CAD blade design and the nifty job you've done. Good luck!

PierreRodrigue
07-05-2012, 01:14 PM
I don't see pics??

Crothcipt
07-05-2012, 11:34 PM
me either.

Johnny.B.Good
07-06-2012, 12:24 AM
Or me.

Deckhand
07-06-2012, 05:10 PM
Must be a PC issue should get a Mac:rofl2:



:justkidding:
Not working now. It did when he first posted.

GlassEye
07-07-2012, 01:46 AM
"The requested URL /photos/screen2.jpg was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request."

wsfarrell
07-08-2012, 12:12 AM
My apologies. Server got hacked and I had to clean everything out. Pics are restored now in the first post.

Johnny.B.Good
07-08-2012, 12:15 AM
Very cool, thanks for fixing the pictures.

Have you settled on a wood choice yet? I generally like more dark/subdued colors on handles, but I rather like that green dyed box elder.

wsfarrell
07-08-2012, 01:53 AM
Have you settled on a wood choice yet? I generally like more dark/subdued colors on handles, but I rather like that green dyed box elder.

I like the green too, but the black-dyed buckeye is sitting on Mike Henry's workbench as we speak. :)

Almost forgot that I also figured out how to put "spacers" on the pics. I tried a red one and a silver one for the Shig, and decided on silver. Here's the screenshot of the final mockup that I sent to Mike:

http://vstat.com/photos/shig.jpg

Johnny.B.Good
07-08-2012, 02:32 AM
Well, maybe you can use that wild green on something else someday. Your choice is going to look sharp (if the picture is anything to go by!)

Mike does great work (I have two of his handles myself).