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RioChef
08-07-2012, 07:18 PM
Hoss,

I just received a ITK 270mm Wa-Gyuto and love it exept for the handle. I typically use a pinch grip which does not feel natural to me with the Japanese handle.

Is it possible to convert this to a Western handle? If so, would you do the work or would you suggest another craftsman to do this?

I am trying to get the **** 10th Anniversary Knife which you are making. If this has a Western handle and I get one, then I may simply keep the 270mm as is.

I appreciate your advise and guidance.

Best regards to all,

Claudio aka RioChef

Pensacola Tiger
08-07-2012, 08:05 PM
Hoss,

I just received a ITK 270mm Wa-Gyuto and love it exept for the handle. I typically use a pinch grip which does not feel natural to me with the Japanese handle.

Is it possible to convert this to a Western handle? If so, would you do the work or would you suggest another craftsman to do this?

I am trying to get the **** 10th Anniversary Knife which you are making. If this has a Western handle and I get one, then I may simply keep the 270mm as is.

I appreciate your advise and guidance.

Best regards to all,

Claudio aka RioChef

I know you're addressing this to Devin, but I'll throw my two cents in and suggest that you PM Matt Stephens (kalaeb) and arrange to have him make a hidden tang handle for your DT ITK.

Here is a pic of a Carter Matt did. I had an opportunity to handle it, and it felt just like a Western handled knife.

Welcome to KKF!

Rick

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx226/Pensacola_Tiger/Misc%20Photos/316abfb6.jpg?t=1344384216

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx226/Pensacola_Tiger/Misc%20Photos/18ec89e5.jpg?t=1344384220

JohnnyChance
08-07-2012, 10:59 PM
Don't forget Dave Martell's (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/6760-Carter-to-Martell-Conversion) western-ish conversion! Also on a Carter interestingly enough.

tk59
08-07-2012, 11:38 PM
What is it about your grip that is incompatible with the handle or vice versa? I use a pinch for the most part and I prefer wa handles.

DevinT
08-08-2012, 10:51 PM
Hoss,

I just received a ITK 270mm Wa-Gyuto and love it exept for the handle. I typically use a pinch grip which does not feel natural to me with the Japanese handle.

Is it possible to convert this to a Western handle? If so, would you do the work or would you suggest another craftsman to do this?

I am trying to get the **** 10th Anniversary Knife which you are making. If this has a Western handle and I get one, then I may simply keep the 270mm as is.

I appreciate your advise and guidance.

Best regards to all,

Claudio aka RioChef

I'll be glad to do a conversion for you if you would like. Contact me for details. We decided not to do any of the 10th anniversary knives with western handles, sorry.

Hoss