I bought a $40 Tosagata at JWW like the one below and decided to do something about the handle.
I looked around on the web and found a pre-made (and pre-drilled) pakkawood/ebony handle at EE for $45. I was hoping to use the "burn-in" method of attaching the blade to the handle, but was advised that I'd need an oxy-acetylene torch to heat the tang quickly enough to avoid overheating the blade. So I went to Plan B. After a little grinding on the tang and a little filing in the handle slot, I filled the slot with Gorilla Glue and pushed the tang in, being careful to align it. Worked like a charm. I was thinking of using epoxy, but couldn't find anything thin enough to flow into that small slot and fill the handle. And the Gorilla Glue is made for furniture, so I'm hopeful that it won't be too brittle for this application. The knife is made of (unspecified) blue steel, allegedly hardened to Rockwell 63. Takes a great edge, and it feels really good in the hand now.
Looks great? What did you do about the foam?
Looks good to me (big improvement).
Looks great. Way to improve a 40$ knife.
Nice, much better. You will not have any issues with the gorilla glue. Its pretty good stuff.
+1 that does look very good. What did you do about the foam /expansion of the Gorilla glue?
Originally Posted by obtuse
Cool! Thanks for sharing.
Looks like you maybe used the white / clear flavor of Gorilla glue?
Looks like a Moritaka now; even appears to have a welded stainless tang....
I have two tosagata from JWW and never knew what to do with the handles. I just sanded them and experimented with treating the handles with different oils (tung, orange, walnut etc.) along with different waxes. They still look plain though. I might try your upgrade option though. Nice job.