Reshaping an existing wa-handle with no power tools
I have a parer/mini-petty where the handle works ok, but it just looks a little funky (it's a bit big for the knife and too much of the emoto is sticking out for my taste).
There's a picture on DrNaka's blog in the post I linked below. It's the 80mm wa-petty:
So here are the things I want to do based on a sketch I did to see what size handle would look good without feeling too short/small:
1) get the knife a little deeper in the handle
2) make the handle a little less wide. Hard to describe, but I don't want to make it less wide all around the D shape. Just a little off the top and bottom (none off the pointy side of the d, or of the side opposite the point basically).
3) perhaps as a part of #2, I could also add a little taper. Don't know how to go about doing that, though.
4) make the handle a little shorter. This would involve removing a little from the ferrule end and a little from the wood end.
I want to see if you guys have any tips for tools to use and for techniques on how to go about doing some of this stuff.
Also, I might make a little ghetto saya. Is there any wood that I can easily and cheaply pick up that might look similar to the Ho wood handle? Would cedar be a bad choice for a saya?