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    Takedas in trouble..

    Hey guys!
    In pretty desperate need of advice (I think..)
    I have two Takeda's. Both of which, I noticed tonight with despair, have water in their handles. I can see it through the epoxy, and the tang flexes a touch in the handle. They are around a year old but I'm fairly certain the moisture has only gotten in over the past 2-3 days.

    So, question is, how long will the tang last before it's irreparable? also.. whats the deal with water in the handle anyway, pretty disappointed as I thought thats what the epoxy was for.. I'm a pro chef and can't afford to part with them currently so the situation is tricky. Time for a rehandle? But I need replacements before I send them. I was thinking of grabbing a cheap vitorinox and then sending them for rehandling.
    Thoughts/suggestions and advice?
    If a handle replacement is imminent, recommendations?


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    That's unheard of in my experience. Are you in an arid climate? Only thing I could think would allow that to happen besides improper sealing on takedas part. I'd pick up a couple burnt chestnut handles from Maxim, and knock those suckers off.
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    Do you mean humid?
    Either way, no, I'm in London. And I'm meticulous with my knives, I touch up my edges twice a day on my rika and flitz polish them every night.
    Any tutorials on doing the rehandling myself? I have no idea where to start


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    I meant drier, but that's neither here nor there.

    Installation isn't too tricky. And removing the handle can vary in difficulty. Normally I'd say removing a Takeda would be difficult, but it sounds like the epoxy is already compromised.

    Wrap the edge in scotch tape

    Find a board wider and longer than the blade

    Hold the flat of the blade against the flat of the board and align the end of the board flush with the ferrule

    Whack the other end of the board with a hammer or preferably a wooden/rubber mallet till the handle loosens

    You don't necessarily need new handles, I just prefer the burnt chestnut over takedas rosewood. You could easily reinstall these, and seal them with epoxy.
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    John beat me to it...
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    You can seal the handles with tung oil or other similar product to keep them from absorbing moisture and bypassing the epoxy around the blade.
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    Relax, Takeda's have a stainless steel tang, no imminent danger (stainless can rust but takes a while). As to handle removal, I had to use a chisel to get mine off.

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    Okay cool. Nice to know it won't be rusting away immediately. Thanks so much guys! Really appreciate it


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    Whilst you don't need to remove them IMO, just thought I'd add that if a handle has been epoxied on first wrapping it plastic/foil/baggy to make it watertight and then standing it in a pan of boiling water will usually soften the epoxy enough to allow removal. Trying the whack it approach without first heating only works for burnt in tangs IME.

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