Evolution of a D Handle
I have mentioned recently that I am going to phase out horn due to a difficulty of securing a quality supply. I looked at several substitutes, and the best I liked are blackwood and ebony. However, I do not like to leave the wood end-grain exposed, so to address that, I will cap it with a metal.
It took me a while to work out the process, but below is a D-style handle that you will see on my knives from now on. I incorporated a few changes that were suggested during the private feedback and a current pass-around, so I think for the most part, the process is finalized.
For a metal cap, the choice will be nickel silver, aged bronze, stainless steel and DT mokume. A spacer of the same metal can be added.
I will also offer octagonal handles in the same construction, though I get barely any requests for them.
One drawback is that it takes me a longer time to complete a handle in this construction and I will have to surcharge for the extra labor. It won't be applied to orders that I accepted deposits or payments for, but for all others, I unfortunately have to. DT Mokume, will be extra, but bronze or nickel silver will be included. Stainless steel I am looking for right now, so it is not a choice yet.
Sorry for subpar pics - got home when it was dark already and am gifting this knife tonight, so this is the only opportunity to take pics.
I like it Marko, my personal preference would be with spacer, I'd have a hard time deciding between DT mokume & Brass
Marko, you clearly are a masochist ;) But they do look great.
I have to admit I am a little surprised by more people going D over octagon, they both look great, I just thought more prefered the octagon.
I used to prefer octagonal until I tried one of Marko's D-handles.
Originally Posted by kalaeb
+1......She is beautiful
Originally Posted by apicius9
Excellent Marko, the tapered bolster looks like it will feel good in the hand. Very nice work as always.
It's funny I generally like octagon handles, but when I get my Marko's made, I gotta go with the D. Your d's look really comfortable Marko, I like the cap on the end, I can always tell a Marko handle, clean look.
Beautiful. The handle isn't bad either.