Here we have a conversion from a stock Carter Fukugozai muteki style two rivet partial tang to a hidden tang custom western handle. The owner said to use a blue bolster and dark wood handle and let me run with it from there.
I chose redwood burl for the main handle and a dyed blue redwood for the bolster. The red redwood came from Stefan Keller and the blue dyed came from Burl Source.
I moved the handle forward about 1/4" towrads the blade because it sat IMO too far back and looked goofy with my wood installed.
I have to admit that this wasn't the easiest or best that I've ever done and this is in great part due to the partial mini tang that I had to work with. But I do think that in the end the results should work well. I hope the owner likes it though.
This owner likes it - a lot. Ya done good.
Older and wider..
Looks great! I would have asked for a black ferule, but that's just personal taste.
I have to say, I really like the dyed blue bolster.
Nice work, Dave.
It really works!
"The Buddha resides as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain."
Yeah it really works
I finished this one up today, it's for a breast cancer charity auction that's being held at Badger & Blade in few days time. Jon & Sara donated the knife and I did the rehandle and sharpening.
The knife is a 180mm Gahoujin stainless santoku, the scales are English Sycamore, we used pink G10 liners, and mosaic pins.
I like this little knife and I can see this being a good choice for some folks. Here's how it came to me from Jon....
Here it is after rehandling....