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    Trying to decide on Marko Tsourkan gyuto handles

    Hi,

    I'm planning on ordering a Marko Tsourkan 225mm gyuto, and sending a Masamoto gyuto 240mm to Marko for a rehandle.

    I will probably have some wood pieces shipped to Marko for those knives, but I'm having a hard time deciding which wood and handle style to pick.

    For the Masamoto, I'm not sure if I should look for a D-shaped handle, or an octogonal one. But I was thinking about an ebony handle with a metal spacer at both ends - that style:http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/6151/dsc1297.jpg

    Do you have an opinion regarding Marko's D-shaped or octogonal handles? What would you go for, for a Masamoto 240mm gyuto?

    Also, do you think that a D-shaped with ebony wood and one metal spacer at both ends would look good? I love how it looks with the octogonal handle, but I'm having a hard time trying to imagine what it would look like...

    Then, for the Marko gyuto, I'm looking for a D-shaped handle, but can't decide what kind of wood to go for... Mark from Burl Source suggested that I go with a medium color. Any opinions on what I should look for? Or on a particular piece of wood?

    Thanks!

    Bef

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    Have you contacted Marko to se if he's comfortable with working with your choices? Some makers have materials that they would prefer not to work with.
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    It's all personal preference. Marko has my Masamoto Honyaki currently and I went with his D shaped handle made from unstablized koa. I love the look of koa and it should not effect the balancing point of the knife (being lighter than other woods I like).

    All my other gyutos have octagon shaped handles but there is something special about Marko's D-shaped handles.

    It's best you speak with him for his input.

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    Marko is an advocate of the "D" handle and executes them VERY well. Like the posts above suggest, talk to him about what you like then let him drive. And start saving some coin for matching sayas.
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    I can't imagine getting a Marko and not doing a D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NO ChoP! View Post
    I can't imagine getting a Marko and not doing a D.
    +1, his D's are drop dead gorgeous...

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    If I were you I'd tell him what I was going for look wise and let him take care of the rest. His handles are the most comfortable I've ever use and I wasn't a big fan of a d handles until I used one if his.

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    You're getting two? Simple, one of each. D handle on the 225, Octagon on the 240. I have both and love both.
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    I have 2 d's of Marko's and they are amazing handles, never handled one of his octagons but they look great too. I used to be an octagon wa guy, however I'm starting to lean more towards d's these days thanks to Marko.

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    I've yet to see a handle by Marko which I doesn't like. Regardless of shape and materials used.
    My personal preferences are Marko's D handles.

    Do you really need both 240 masamoto and 225 Marko's knives? My bet is you'd end up selling masamoto at some point in the future. Gonna watch for it in BST

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