View Full Version : My first Saya, no laughing!

12-17-2012, 11:01 PM
Ok, call this an attempt into uncharted waters. This is the new home for the bright finish San Mai knife I did a little video on.

I used some nice redwood from Mark at Burl Source, thanks Mark!! I figured, if I tried my first on some cheap stuff, and messed it up, I may not try again.
The "logical" approach, was to practice on the best I had. This forced me to think it through, and take my time. Neither of which I had time to do! lol! I carved the recess, trimmed, glued and clamped, then profiled. I needed to thin the body, and instead of rounding and blending everything, faceted the faces.
The pin stumped me, Eamon found those cool cribbage pegs, but I can't seem to get to a store while its open, so last night, I got a piece of mammoth ivory, ground it semi-round on my 2 X 72, then chucked it in my drill press, and spun it round (sand paper, and files) and added a little mosaic in the center to match the pins in the knife handle.

Here are the fruits of my labors. 10 coats of oil, and 4 coats of wax, and here it is. The good pics will come when the knife is done.

Please let me know your thoughts!


12-17-2012, 11:07 PM
I am literally doing my first right now. Nowhere near as nice as yours. If this is your first I can't wait to see more.

12-17-2012, 11:09 PM
I love the idea of a mammoth pin for it. Beautiful saya, great work.

12-17-2012, 11:20 PM


12-17-2012, 11:38 PM
Pretty dang nice. Funny, I ended up doing the same thing to make some pins with misc materials. Leave it up to you to do it with the exotic.

12-17-2012, 11:39 PM
What a shock...another awesome piece by Pierre! Looks great, man!

12-17-2012, 11:55 PM

12-18-2012, 12:02 AM
Very nice, love the faceting and the creative pin idea!


12-18-2012, 12:05 AM
awesome! Love the faceted look!

12-18-2012, 12:09 AM
Stunning! Great work and a great piece of wood.

12-18-2012, 12:14 AM
Beautiful saya & mosaic+ivory pin is very nice touch!!

sachem allison
12-18-2012, 12:17 AM
very nice, love the redwood.

12-18-2012, 12:56 AM
Thanks you guys! I appreciate the feed back, maybe I will attempt more of these... :)

12-18-2012, 02:26 AM
If you wanna practice some more on my order, ill take one of those on my future gyuto! nice work! :-D

12-18-2012, 02:50 AM
Wow, very impressive!

12-18-2012, 12:46 PM
Its a stunning saya, I think you did a very nice job.

Burl Source
12-25-2012, 03:35 AM
I like the faceting.
Good looking saya Pierre.
Inspires me to try my hand at sayas again.

12-25-2012, 06:11 PM
hehe maybe you can attempt one for my koa handled Pierre gyuto.

Mike Davis
12-26-2012, 10:06 AM
Very nice Pierre! I can see the chatoyance in it, hard to convey in a picture.

12-26-2012, 08:15 PM
It is so bad and substandard that you should let me have it so u dont embarrass yourself with that work. LOL Super great job, love it, love the wood, great work.

sachem allison
12-27-2012, 12:46 AM
Thanks you guys! I appreciate the feed back, maybe I will attempt more of these... :)

now if you could make a leather wrapped wooden saya, I would be impressed. This is OOkay......

Don Nguyen
12-28-2012, 12:17 PM
Pierre, the only thing I'm laughing about is your very high standards. That saya has nothing about it to laugh about.... sheeesh :laugh:

Very beautiful saya.

01-18-2013, 12:24 AM
Pierre, it's nice but you can do much better. :justkidding: It's very nice!!!
I thought it was thuya burl at first.
I also like the "logical" approach, I made my first handle out of snakewood and my first wa out of ancient kauri and blackwood. I have never made a saya, but I know since a long time that it will be made out of redwood.
I wait for the finished picture with the knife. Thanks