So, I've made some hidden tangs, and some split handles, but this is my first octagonal wa handle.
It was no picnic. Wa handles are deceptive in their simplicity. Getting a perfect slot, drilling perfectly centered holes, sanding metal spacers and keeping them from overheating and ruining your epoxy bond, and keeping things symmetrical are a true PITA!!!!
I'll take a western project over a wa anyday!
Materials are stabilized Oregon myrtlewood and redwood burl from Burl Source and copper spacers.
Oh yah, the knife is a 270mm Yoshikane V2 lefty yanagi from Maxim.