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    Wa handle Removal

    Ive seen videos from maxim on removing wa handles that are just burnt in. Seems simple enough. My question is how do u proceed if the handle was epoxied for the whole tang? or burnt in then filled with epoxy and saw dust/ash to cover/seal the gaps in the tang hole? Any help appreciated. thanks

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    Are you aiming to keep the original handle intact?
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    if at all possible. the original is a nice ebony octagon handle? hoping to reuse it on something else

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    Boil it. I've done it with Konosuke and it works. Just take your time, it took me about 30 minutes. Do not keep your handle in boiling water for to long. If you hold the heel of the knife you will know temperature so you will not destroy temper. Then use Maxim way of removing handle. So boil and hammer it, boil and hammer.

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    It is impossible to damage the temper with boiling water. Most epoxy should soften around 140.
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    with epoxy, its very difficult to save the handle, and for natural woods, the boiling is not ok in the long run either

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    i actually never try to boil a handle :P But it may work hehe, i will dont think that it will be good for ebony I usually just chisel handle out.

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    I had a handle that was not quite straight so I heated it with boiling water until the epoxy softened and it came right off after I hammered on the end of the chisel that I paced on the side of the handle.
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    but a handle with that much water will be useless after... might as well just break the handle off

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    What about wrapping the handle and part of the blade on layers of plastic wrap to knee it dry, just getting the heat?
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