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    Sources for unhandled knives

    Any web links fo unhandled Japanese knives besides Chefs Knives To Go? Just looking for what's out there.

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    Direct from manufacturer? There are quite a few makers who are easy to deal with.

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    I think epicedge could be able to get you some of their knives unhanded. Just drop them an email.

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    in US: Jantz has some
    in EU: Dictum
    …some Japanese makers can send you knives without handles (when I asked Watanabe if he could send me knife without handle, price difference was only 10$).

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    It is probably worth mentioning that knives that come with basic ho-wood handle (Like some Itinomonn and Shigefusa knives form Maksim) would not be much cheaper without the handle as the ho-wood handle by itself costs 20€ or less. Unless of course you are looking for cheaper blades.

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    consider this from the craftsman's perspective too... there are some who are used to dealing with foreigners and so its not as much of a big deal (i.e. watanabe), but for most others (and i mean craftsmen, not retailers or wholesalers), they feel its like selling a car without wheels... its an unfinished product, and most feel very uncomfortable doing this. This is based on my conversations with a number of craftsmen across japan.

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    Also if you are putting a custom wa handle on say a gyuto, you can easy knock the old handle off in one piece. If it is Ho with real horn bolster it can be remounted on a less expensive carbon blade that has the cheap plastic collar. That way nothing is wasted.

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    Also if you are putting a custom wa handle on say a gyuto, you can easy knock the old handle off in one piece. If it is Ho with real horn bolster it can be remounted on a less expensive carbon blade that has the cheap plastic collar. That way nothing is wasted.
    Yes, that is my intention - to make a custom wa handle for a gyuto. Not to insult the knifemaker, but to make a custom handle that matches a cutting board and knife block. If the usually supplied handles can be easily knocked off, that would open up a range of possibilities. I hadn't thought about that, thanks.

    I'd be looking at the $100 - $150 range if it matters.

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