Here is Ben's 240mm gyuto in premium ironwood burl (wood sourced from Stefan).
I chose smaller pinstock for this one and tapered the tang a lot although it doesn;t look very tapered once the scales were mounted. Maybe it requires a very radical tapering to show this feature off good. I did it more for balance than anything but still it would have been nice to show off this detail more.
So I took a lot longer on this knife than I wanted to but it was worth it I think. I spent a lot of time trying to nail down the blade finish and I think I've finally got the sequence worked out. The maker's mark suffered a bit in the process though but truthfully I don't think the mark came out that great even before I started playing with the finish. This shows that I'm very much still learning all of this stuff and how it takes a lot of practice to get good at something.
I hope you get a lot of good use out of it Ben. She ships tomorrow. :)
Looking good! The blade finish looks much better. Ben's going to be happy.
WOOOOOOT! Lookin' nice Dave. One small thing that I think would make it look even better though ... living in my Knife Block! :wink: That's once nice piece of Ironwood you picked out too!
This is going to be one heck of a fun package you're sending!
Thanks guys. :)
I'm glad you like it Ben and yeah you're getting one sweet box full of goodies coming your way. :cool2:
On pic #4 the taper of the tang show very nicely, I think!
That's a very handsome knife Dave! The new bolster set up and smaller pins are very complimentary and gives the knife a slick and clean look.
The blended grind looks great. It looks like a sweeping wave, rather than a blended bevel. I'd say the extra hours of polishing mania were well worth it.:D
So what comes after #5? What else but #10! :D
Here's Karring's gyuto in old growth redwood (scored from Stefan).
I did a bit more tang tapering on this one and when this and the lighter wood was used here it's a whole ounce less weight than all the others. This one weighs in at 7.5oz
PS - any little spots of dust are actually either rain drops or lint from my stupid paper towel I was using to wipe the rain drops away...grrrr!