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    I like simple but highly figured burl handles with simple ferrule (blackwood/ebony or horn) and maybe a nice metal spacer. Murray's handles have too much going on for my tastes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NO ChoP! View Post
    Murrays custom handles are very hit or miss. Every now and again, I'll see a real stunner, but more often than not his choice of materials are a bit odd. Too many man made materials mixed with woods that don't necessarily compliment each other. .
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    I also prefer more traditional construction, whether D or Octagon. But what really matters to me besides liking the look is that it feels good in the hand. I started making my own for the knives I've bought so that I could tailor the handle (look, size and weight) to each knife specifically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildBoar View Post
    Plenty had rehandled j-knives with Stefan's top-notch 'premade handles'; something like that is very complimentary to a top of the line j-knife in my opinion. But if we are talking a simple chestnut wa handle, etc., I think that is best limited to less expensive knives. If I were paying $2k+ for a custom kitchen knife, I'd either want the maker to make the handle, or go with a premade of the quality/ materials level that Stefan produces.
    This is actually where I was trying to go with my last question. I would have no problem with a high end knife from Bill with a high end handle made by someone else, or selecting one from an inventory that he had already made. The exception to this would be if I had a specific handle design in mind when I ordered the knife, but even then I wouldn't mind if he farmed out the work to a quality maker. hell, I've gotten the impression that a lot of people would rejoice if Carter would farm out his handle work.

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    lol maybe he does already...

    I think that some Japanese handles should have never left the trash pile. I have had 3 knives rehandled because the original was split, swollen, and beat up. I honestly don't think ho-handles are all that they should be. (craftsman making the most with what is used)
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    I've seen some spectacular ho wood handles, as well as some horrendous ho wood handles.
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    I'm with you on that one, NoChop. Shigefusa and Itinomonn are two examples of knives with very nice, yet plain, ho wood handles. I have two of these handles going strong, and I actually like the simplicity of them. However, I'd like to see burnt chestnut and horn more regularly, and further more, for a full custom from a North American maker, I'd like to see a handle made by the knifemaker. In my mind, it's one little perk of going with a North American maker.
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    I'm with mkriggen on Carter farming out his handles. If I could choose a handle from the likes of Stefan / MH / Matt S I would be thrilled.
    Quote Originally Posted by mkriggen View Post
    This is actually where I was trying to go with my last question. I would have no problem with a high end knife from Bill with a high end handle made by someone else, or selecting one from an inventory that he had already made. The exception to this would be if I had a specific handle design in mind when I ordered the knife, but even then I wouldn't mind if he farmed out the work to a quality maker. hell, I've gotten the impression that a lot of people would rejoice if Carter would farm out his handle work.

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