I was fortunate enough to score one of Marko's practice knives from the last batch, a 225 suji/petty. But, unfortunately, his practice knives are sold sans handle, so now I need some guidance as to where to turn to get the kind of handle I want.
I'd rather not spend a couple hundred bucks on the fancy burls and exotic materials that seem to be the norm around here. Something more working class and understated is what I'm looking for. I really like the tapered ferrule that Marko is using, and would really like to get the ferrule done in linen or canvas micarta so it has some grip. Actually, I wouldn't be opposed to the whole thing being done in micarta, although I have no idea how the cost of this compares to wood??? Bottom line is: D-shaped, with some texture, tapered ferrule, function & affordability taking precedence over looks. I can probably attach the handle myself with epoxy, but could probably just have the knife shipped directly from Marko to have the handle attached.
So, who should I talk to? I know there are several guys around here who do amazing stuff with the fancy burls and exotic materials, but where should I look for a simpler, cheaper option in aftermarket handles?
Any suggestions or recommendations are greatly appreciated. Or if anyone would like to offer their services, a PM is welcome.