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Hattorichop
09-20-2012, 08:56 PM
Welcome to Hattorichop's Chop Shop,

I will be posting photos here of everything I make related to kitchen knives.
I will start by showing you my 300mm kikuichi suji I just finished converting from western to wa.
I used a piece of spalted sycamore I picked up from Mark at Burl Source.
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I almost forgot to take a before picture.
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Here is the finished product, the black spacer is a piece of ebony from the original scales on the knife.

knyfeknerd
09-20-2012, 09:05 PM
Nice, but I want to see some pics of the actual shop itself too.
Are you going to do any westerns?

Hattorichop
09-20-2012, 09:08 PM
Here is my Masakage 240mm gyuto I rehandled with a piece of ironwood burl I got from Randy at HHH knives.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/49193552/IMG_3510.JPG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/49193552/IMG_3491.jpg
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Hattorichop
09-20-2012, 09:16 PM
HaHa, I guess my title was a little misleading. The coffee table you see in the picture is pretty much my shop.
I also make stained glass lamps and such and I do all my glass cutting and soldering there. I do use my power tools outside on the picnic table but I do all the finishing on the coffee table.
I just though Hattorichop's Chop Shop had a nice ring to it.


Nice, but I want to see some pics of the actual shop itself too.
Are you going to do any westerns?

mhenry
09-20-2012, 09:21 PM
Beautiful work Karl. The new handle on that masakage makes me wish I had taken you up on your offer to use it. The new handle is soo much better,but I was pleasantly suprised with the quality of the stock handle on mine.

Hattorichop
09-20-2012, 09:42 PM
Knyfeknerd, I do want to try a western re-handle on one of my own knives. Dave makes it look pretty easy but I have a feeling it will be quite a challenge.

Mike, the offer still stands if you want to give it a go.

Burl Source
09-20-2012, 10:23 PM
Wow!

Hattorichop
09-21-2012, 05:43 PM
Here is a 240mm Shigfusa gyuto, I just got the handle on today.
Koa from Burl Source copper spacer and buffalo horn.10132

Hattorichop
09-21-2012, 05:44 PM
Here's a better shot of the handle.

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Hattorichop
09-21-2012, 05:45 PM
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/49193552/IMG_3383.JPG

Johnny.B.Good
09-21-2012, 07:24 PM
Some beautiful work here, Karl.

Well done, and thanks for sharing.

Burl Source
09-21-2012, 09:46 PM
Very nice work.
....all of them.
Thank you for posting the photos.
I really enjoy seeing them.

Especially step by step ones while you are doing the work.
hint....hint

BTW: I found another block of stabilized olive burl that I could donate if you were inclined to do a WIP with step by step photos.

Hattorichop
09-22-2012, 12:26 PM
Very nice work.
....all of them.
Thank you for posting the photos.
I really enjoy seeing

them.

Especially step by step ones while you are doing the work.
hint....hint

BTW: I found another block of stabilized olive burl that I could donate if you were inclined to do a WIP with step by step photos.

Wow, that's an extremely generous offer Mark.
I'll definatly take you up on that.
I'll have to bone up on my photography skills.

Von blewitt
09-23-2012, 05:17 AM
Absolutely georgeous, thanks Karl. This looks amazing, I can't wait to see it in person!

Hattorichop
10-11-2012, 10:33 PM
Just finished a pair of santokus that now sport green jeans.1056710568

mhenry
10-13-2012, 10:16 PM
Beautiful work Karl. What kind of knife is that on the bottom?

Crothcipt
10-13-2012, 11:39 PM
love the dark green on the bottom.

cookinstuff
10-14-2012, 12:58 AM
wow, these are speaking to me, Guelph eh, pretty close..... :biggrin:

knyfeknerd
10-14-2012, 01:04 AM
Love the green jeans!

RoanRoks29
10-14-2012, 09:38 AM
I love our work man very beautiful! I like the fact that you coffee table is your work shop hahaha, its kinda like what my living room and coffee table is turning into ! hahaha

Hattorichop
10-14-2012, 11:23 AM
Beautiful work Karl. What kind of knife is that on the bottom?

Mike, that knife is a Tadafusa nishiji.

Hattorichop
10-26-2012, 12:49 PM
Here ia a 270mm Konosuke gyuto I just got a handle on.
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mhenry
10-26-2012, 12:52 PM
Karl the pics dont seem to work

Hattorichop
10-26-2012, 01:12 PM
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Hattorichop
10-26-2012, 01:14 PM
Karl the pics dont seem to work

Yeah, this is weird. I uploaded them from my computer the same way I have done in the past.

Hattorichop
10-28-2012, 06:43 PM
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Andrew H
10-29-2012, 04:27 PM
Beautiful!

Burl Source
10-29-2012, 09:27 PM
Very nice handle.
Great photos too.

ecchef
10-29-2012, 10:48 PM
Wow! I like that a lot.

ChiliPepper
10-30-2012, 06:58 PM
Amazing! One of the weirdest handles I've seen in terms of choice of different materials but somehow the final result is just great!

mhenry
10-30-2012, 07:17 PM
The pics are very nice. Beautiful job Karl

Hattorichop
11-18-2012, 10:35 AM
Here is a couple photos of a handle I just put on my dad's Masakage Koishi by Kato San.
This knife was from the first batch which did not come with the kurouchi finish.
The handle is red eye Koa and a Zircote ferrule both from Burl Source with buffalo horn and copper spacers.
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Don Nguyen
11-18-2012, 12:01 PM
Love it. Great visual balance.

EdipisReks
11-18-2012, 05:24 PM
Here is a couple photos of a handle I just put on my dad's Masakage Koishi by Kato San.
This knife was from the first batch which did not come with the kurouchi finish.
The handle is red eye Koa and a Zircote ferrule both from Burl Source with buffalo horn and copper spacers.
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that looks fantastic! out of curiosity, could you give us a choil and point shot of that knife?

brainsausage
11-18-2012, 06:11 PM
that looks fantastic! out of curiosity, could you give us a choil and point shot of that knife?

+1. Those two look fantastic together btw, rustic yet elegant.

Johnny.B.Good
11-18-2012, 07:19 PM
Nice work, Karl.

Hattorichop
11-19-2012, 01:21 PM
that looks fantastic! out of curiosity, could you give us a choil and point shot of that knife?

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EdipisReks
11-19-2012, 03:22 PM
thanks, that looks like a nice knife.

Burl Source
11-19-2012, 04:29 PM
Love it. Great visual balance.
Don put it well.
I really like copper with koa as well.
Beautiful Handle!

Hattorichop
02-02-2013, 11:12 AM
A friend of mine asked me a week before christmas if I could purchase her boyfriend a knife and do a re-handle on it.
Here is what I came up with.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/49193552/IMGL5288.jpeg
The knife is a 210 Yoshikane SKD
The handle is a block of coolibah burl I scored from Craig Stevens with honey horn ferrule and end cap.
I took a risk on the spacers and decided to put copper directly beside brass, I think it turned out pretty good.
My buddy is an artist and a photographer so he just sent me over this photo, I have him sending me a close up of the handle soon as well.

Burl Source
02-02-2013, 12:39 PM
Very nice handle.
The material colors all go well together.
I am especially fond of the look with matching ferrule and end cap.

Hattorichop
02-02-2013, 01:02 PM
Very nice handle.
The material colors all go well together.
I am especially fond of the look with matching ferrule and end cap.

Thanks Mark, I also felt the materials turned out very well balanced from a design perspective.
I would usually go with the thicker spacer material near the ferrule and the thinner near the end.
I tried the opposite this time and I think it worked out well.

cookinstuff
02-03-2013, 12:03 AM
I would be apprehensive about the spacers, thinking it out, but wow, glad you went with it. Takes a lot of guts to throw these combos together Karl, sure is paying off for you.

Lefty
02-03-2013, 05:56 PM
That's my favourite so far. You have a lucky friend-in-law.

C. Wallace
02-06-2013, 08:29 AM
Wow! what a nice pics. I like these pics and I also want to sea you more pics because I am chef background and love to good & quality knives.

brainsausage
02-08-2013, 01:30 AM
Very striking handle Karl, really like the tonal contrasts of the spacers.

Hattorichop
03-05-2013, 05:10 PM
Here is a little Takeda utility knife. The wood is lignum vitae and zircote.
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/49193552/IMG_4459.JPG
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/49193552/IMG_4460.jpg

Von blewitt
03-05-2013, 05:15 PM
That looks awesome!!!

Hattorichop
03-05-2013, 05:16 PM
Thanks Huw

Basecadet
03-05-2013, 05:17 PM
That looks incredible! Are some of your rehandles on show at Tosho?

Hattorichop
03-05-2013, 05:25 PM
My uncle brought back a slab of lignum vitae from the Dominican Republic a few years back. He since gave up wood working so he decided I should get the wood. It
was his birthday on Monday so my dad thought it would be nice if we got him a knife and I could re-handle it for him with the wood he'd given me.
I used the sap wood for the ferrule which has some specs of green and the heart wood for the main part of the handle. To add a little colour I decided to use a dark green dyed box elder spaceer surrounded by copper and light green dyed maple spacer.http://dl.dropbox.com/u/49193552/IMG_4415.jpghttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/49193552/IMG_4424.JPGhttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/49193552/IMG_4430.JPG

knyfeknerd
03-05-2013, 06:11 PM
Love the spacer(s) combo. I wish I was your uncle.

Hattorichop
04-25-2013, 06:36 PM
Another Moritaka
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/49193552/IMG_4520.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/49193552/IMG_4521.jpg

Mrmnms
04-25-2013, 08:34 PM
All your handles are beautiful and the combinations work so well.

knyfeknerd
04-26-2013, 12:04 AM
Nice as usual Karl. Is the buttcap actually a piece of wood from the ferrule?
I love the metal spacers too.

G-rat
04-26-2013, 12:25 AM
So awesome. The lignum vitae handle is so instantly appealing it kills me. Want badly

Hattorichop
04-26-2013, 11:57 AM
Thanks guys.
Knerd, the butt cap is a piece of the sap wood from the ferrule.

Burl Source
04-26-2013, 01:01 PM
Both handles look great!

apicius9
04-26-2013, 04:20 PM
Nice work! I also like l.v. Bit of a pain to work with but has a nice feel to it.

Stefan

Hattorichop
06-13-2013, 07:14 PM
It's been awhile but I've finally found some time to finish theses two up.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/49193552/IMG_4591.JPG
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/49193552/IMG_4586.JPG
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/49193552/IMG_4592.JPG

mhenry
06-14-2013, 08:11 AM
Nice Karl. They look perfect

knyfeknerd
06-14-2013, 08:14 AM
Nice as usual Karl.
Glad to see you around, don't be a stranger!

Johnny.B.Good
06-14-2013, 10:31 AM
Always fun to see new work from you, Karl.

Bill13
06-15-2013, 08:14 AM
Another Moritaka
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/49193552/IMG_4520.jpg

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/49193552/IMG_4521.jpg

The fact that you lined up the burl after the spacer is a very nice touch!

If you don't mind answering, how long does a handle like this take you to make? I am guessing a couple of hours once you get good at it but am curious.

Dream Burls
06-15-2013, 08:27 AM
The fact that you lined up the burl after the spacer is a very nice.

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Really nice Karl. Great look in all your work. Contrasts are well thought out and eye catching. Wood selections are right on. Thanks for sharing.

Hattorichop
06-15-2013, 11:53 AM
Bill13, I don't mind sharing. It takes roughly 4 to 6 hours from start to finish.
I do a lot of hand sanding, 100grit to 8000 all by hand. It might be more time effective to do some of the lower grit sanding on a belt sander but I find its easier to make the handles completely flat by hand sanding.

Thanks everyone else who commented, your kind words and encouragement make it all worth while.