Got my Carter with the sycamore handle today (Photos here.). I admit, I am Queen of the Nitpicks and a fussy-arse, fault-finding fire breathing (w)itch from hell. I sent it off to Dave and figured that I would get a pretty good handle back, and anything would be an improvement over the piece o' crap it came with. I mean, Dave's pictures look great, but there HAS to be some hype behind it all. Right? Right?
The new handle is freaking amazing. Pick the knife up with your eyes closed, and it's silky smooth. You can't even feel the pins or the transition between handle/spacer/ferrule. Not a single rough spot. But the shape gives it plenty of grip so it should still be solid in your hand when wet. Nice (epoxy?) finish on the end of the ferrule...won't have to be digging crud out from around the handle on this one or filling gaps with wax. The balance feels good, and it feels like it's going to be very comfortable.
Then there are the aesthetics. The pictures don't even begin to do the handle justice. The ferrule looks like a piece of tiger eye, very chatoyant with stripes that catch the light. The proportions are beautiful and graceful, and the knife has gone from looking like a prison shiv to looking like something that could quickly and nimbly go through mounds of food or hang on the wall as a piece of art. This is my first rehandle, and I'm just blown away.
There's only one big problem--if hubby lays eyes on it, he might try to stake a claim.