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    Kiwi Nakiri rehandle/ matching saya from a piece of cedar plank WIP

    So I got a kid at work whos turning 18 Wednesday. I wanted to do something nice for him, so Im sharpening and fixing the tip of his knife to the best of my abilities and when I return it from my days off on wednesday, I want to present him with his first nakiri as well.

    Found Kiwi nakiri at local Thai food store for $2.99. Found cedar plank under my car port. And off I went into the sunset not having the slightest clue of what Im doing:

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    Awesome little project... Can't wait to see the end result!

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Size:  18.6 KB so i know cedar isnt a good wood for this but time is short and i dont have anything else. I barely have any tools, and I dont know what Im doing and im on a very short time frame. I do have some ebony stain and some clear coat...i know ill stain, not sure if ill clear yet...i also have a low rpm buffer/ polisher and buffing and polishing compound so maybe after stain ill just use that to finish the wood. Just gotta make sure the stain doesnt stain his hands when hes using it. I got lucky and a friend brought over a jigsaw for me to use on a short whim. Wife says i cant use electrical tools anore tonight cuz ill wake up the baby, so im going to go try to use a drill and drill a hole for the tang in the handle and cut the saya in half by hand with my hacksaw. More pictures to follow! Laugh away...
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    Ps the handle will be a wa octagonal handle, and I am on the lookouts for a piece of steel, copper, or brass dowel to put into the heel of the handle to a little added weight to the super light kiwi.
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    Ok. Got the hole drilled. Ideally i will find some epoxy tomorrow within walking distance of my house and grind down the already weak-sauce Kiwi half tang into something that will fit inside the hole. Fill the hole with epoxy, put the knife in and somehow ghetto stabilize it so it stays centered and in place while it dries.
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    Nope, not working too well...hacksaw blade slips a lot and beginning to steer. Gonna have to find someone with a tablesaw tomorrow. Name:  ImageUploadedByKitchen Knife Forum1384847930.938295.jpg
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    Freehand semi-WA handle on the low rpm grinder... Name:  ImageUploadedByKitchen Knife Forum1384849618.483784.jpg
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Size:  9.5 KB it was quiet enough and the cutting was quiet because of the soft wood that i didnt wake up the baby.
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    Ok now I am torn wether to go old school and burn the saya/ handle like a burnt chestnut handle on my Kato and then clear coat or stay with the ebony stain, or both...hmmm decisions decisions...
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    Also wondering if I should add some sort of pin into the end of the tang through the handle for more beauty/ weight in addition to the pin I want to add to the butt of the handle...if I do this, the pin ideally will look centered in the handle...Name:  ImageUploadedByKitchen Knife Forum1384850265.828719.jpg
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