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    D-shaped handle

    I've been scouring the internet for a few weeks searching for my next gyuto. I've seen plenty of western handles and wa-handles, but i've only seen a D-shaped handle from Shun. What other manufacturers use d handles? I'd love to see some other options, its a very comfortable grip.

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    Have you looked at some of the vendors associated with the forum?

    The Epicurean Edge (http://www.epicedge.com)

    Japanese Knife Imports (http://www.japaneseknifeimports.com)

    Japanese Natural Stones (http://www.japanesenaturalstones.com) - Shigefusa comes with one, and Maksim can probably install a D-handle on any wa-handled knife.

    Korin - (http://korin.com/site/home.html)

    There are custom makers who can provide you with D-handles, as well. Marko Tsourkan, Mike Henry, and others.

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    ive looked closely at epicurean edge and JCK--have not noticed any d-shaped handles.

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    Rick said it all.

    @eightesix: when you're saying "D-shaped handle", this is an example of what most of us will have in their mind:



    That being said, look again at EE and JCK (or others) and you will find plenty of D-shaped handles!

    I guess the Shun handle you have in mind would be a hybrid handle, a mixture of Western ferrule shape and a wa-D-ish handle shape. If you like it or not is something you need to find out. I guess most of us weenies here would prefer a wa-handle (be it octagonal or D-shaped) or a Western handle...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eighteesix View Post
    ive looked closely at epicurean edge and JCK--have not noticed any d-shaped handles.
    Look harder. Yoshikane for one.

    I didn't mention JCK - not a forum vendor - but the Mizuno Hontranen are D-handled, as are others.
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    Maybe i dont understand the definition of a D-shaped handle. I was under the impression that a wa handle strictly has an octagon shape which is not the same as a D-handle. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eighteesix View Post
    Maybe i dont understand the definition of a D-shaped handle. I was under the impression that a wa handle strictly has an octagon shape which is not the same as a D-handle. Correct me if I'm wrong.
    This might be helpful- I found it helpful when trying to keep all the terms straight in the beginning anyways: http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...Knife-Glossary

    Wa just means that you don't see the tang (at least that's my understanding). So it can be a wa-octagon, a wa-d shaped, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eighteesix View Post
    I've been scouring the internet for a few weeks searching for my next gyuto. I've seen plenty of western handles and wa-handles, but i've only seen a D-shaped handle from Shun. What other manufacturers use d handles? I'd love to see some other options, its a very comfortable grip.
    I like the Shun Classic handle as well (though my paring knife has a weird "tuning fork" feel as if the tang was vibrating around in the handle). It's a hybrid because it has a bolster and the top of the handle is aligned with the spine, while the Wa handle obviously lacks a bolster and is centered on the partial tang, which sets it higher. I wish more knives had this type of handle. You could probably have a western handled gyuto modified to a D-shape while keeping all the other features of the western.

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    Tanaka also uses D handles.
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    "tang" is not in the glossary. styles of tangs are. what is a tang? the "notch" at the end of the handle?

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