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    Noob questions about wa handles

    Do I need to buy a block of wood or just scales? Also, what are some typical dimensions for wa handles? I plan on doing just all black micarta with white micarta spacers. Thoughts?

    Thanks.

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    You can put two scales together with a spacer to create a block; as seen in Mike Henrys recent thread.

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    I think you need to be a bit more specific. Wa handles can and do take a number of forms. There are hexagonal, oval, D shape and some variations. Scales are typically less than a 1/4" thick so two with a spacer will not be enough. Buying blocks gives you the opportunity to do a number of diifferent wa styles.

    I think what Mike is doing is taking a block and splitting it to put a spacer in the middle. I don't think he's using scales.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Burls View Post
    I think you need to be a bit more specific. Wa handles can and do take a number of forms. There are hexagonal, oval, D shape and some variations. Scales are typically less than a 1/4" thick so two with a spacer will not be enough. Buying blocks gives you the opportunity to do a number of diifferent wa styles.

    I think what Mike is doing is taking a block and splitting it to put a spacer in the middle. I don't think he's using scales.
    Ah okay, yea I plan on doing hexagonal. So I will get a block then, thanks!

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    Noooooo do octagonal!!!!! jk do whatever
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    Typical dimensions for octagonal handle

    For 240-270mm Gyuto:
    23x27mm rear
    19-23mm front
    5.75" long


    For 270-300mm Suji
    26x21mm
    18x21mm
    5.75-6" long


    For 150-180mm Petty
    25x21
    18x21
    5.5"long

    Don't do hexonal. It's an uncomfortable shape for a handle. Octagonal is tried-and-true (and much easier to make than hexonal) or do a D style.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Burls View Post
    There are hexagonal, ...
    I think you meant octagonal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markenki View Post
    I think you meant octagonal.
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