I really wanted to try my hands on western handles, so I've stolen my wife's favorite knife for a few days to rehandle it. A Fujiwara 150mm petty. Some pictures.
Tried to preserve original shape without much curves here. Used wood from Burl Source: Hawaiian Koa and Ebony. Actually I've used those burls for another wa styled handle, but the remaining parts were big enough to make a new handle for FKM.
Made a number of mistakes, including:
- Used too busy design
- Not using pins (wanted to use mosaic pins, but my order from some online store could easily take another month or two to arrive). Used a piece of brass tube instead
- Spacers are not properly connected in few places
- Scratched the tang and was too lazy to polish it
- Still struggling to finish wood properly. This particular one was polished pretty badly by a sandpaper progression from 80 to 400 and a few touches of steel wool.
- Wasn't accurate enough when drilling holes for the metal tube… resulted in small wood chipping
But it was fun and I got a ton of experience, while my wife got her beloved knife back.