Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Neck (Machi) or No-Neck Knives - Survey, Pros and Home Cooks Please Chime In

  1. #1

    Neck (Machi) or No-Neck Knives - Survey, Pros and Home Cooks Please Chime In

    Been thinking about this for a while.

    Do you guys find neck of a knife an useful feature? From a maker stand point, the neck allows an easier transition from the geometry to the tang. From an user perspective (my own opinion), it affects negatively the grip (you have less grip on the handle with your last 3 fingers) and a handle can get in a way when doing tip work.

    Here is an example. A large wa knife, 250-260mm will have a 5.75-6" long handle. A typical neck lengh is about .75". so you have about 6.5-6.75" distance from knife's heel to the handle's end. If you are to use a tip of a knife with a typical profile (not considering flat profiled knives here), you have to raise the handle end accordingly, and it might get in a way of a grip.

    The obvious solution would be to shorten the neck lengh to about 5-6 mm, make the transition between a handle and a blade smooth, so changing grips from handle grip to pinch grip depending on cuts is effortless. This way there will be more of the handle is the hand even if one pinch-grips the blade, and the handle wouldn't need to be as long as a typical wa handle for that size of the blade, so one won't need to raise the end as high for tip work.

    Wondering what you guys think on the subject.

    Thanks,

    Marko


    "If there’s something worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.” - An US saying.

    If my KKF Inbox is full (or not), please contact me via Email: anvlts@gmail.com

  2. #2
    Senior Member NO ChoP!'s Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Clayton, NC- surrounded by lots of trees
    Posts
    2,088
    With your D handle there is heavy side taper. I can see having a shorter neck in this instance, but with an octagon or regular D, I would like the longer emoto/ machi.
    The difference between try and triumph is a little "umph"! NO EXCUSES!!!!!!!
    chefchristophermiller@yahoo.com

  3. #3
    Senior Member EdipisReks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Cincinnati, Oh
    Posts
    3,702
    Long emoto, but no exposed machi, is my preference.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Cairns. Australia.
    Posts
    442
    I have a knife with no neck and it feels less agile when used with a pinch grip.
    +1on no exposed matchi.

  5. #5
    Senior Member brainsausage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Portland, Maine
    Posts
    2,058
    Quote Originally Posted by EdipisReks View Post
    Long emoto, but no exposed machi, is my preference.
    I agree with Jacob.
    The AI does not love you, nor does it hate you, but you are made out of atoms it might find useful for something else. - Eliezer Yudkowsky

  6. #6
    As always, thank you.

    It might as well be just a personal preference. For instance, an octagonal handle never did anything for me (though I made a few of them), while the modified D was just what I was looking for in a Wa handle. Even with a pinch grip, I prefer less space between a handle and a heel, and more sizable part of the handle in my hand (or the last three fingers).

    I am going to make a few knives, including a nakiri with hybrid D (short neck) and Western handles and see how they are received and what feedback/suggestions I get. This is a new project so it will take some time before I settle on a final design.

    Marko

    PS: I take by "exposed machi" you mean no space between machi and handle.


    "If there’s something worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.” - An US saying.

    If my KKF Inbox is full (or not), please contact me via Email: anvlts@gmail.com

  7. #7
    Senior Member brainsausage's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Portland, Maine
    Posts
    2,058
    yup
    The AI does not love you, nor does it hate you, but you are made out of atoms it might find useful for something else. - Eliezer Yudkowsky

  8. #8
    Senior Member EdipisReks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Cincinnati, Oh
    Posts
    3,702
    You have your terminology a little mixed up, Marko. The neck, which you are calling a machi, is the emoto. The machi is the exposed tang that is sometimes present between the handle and the emoto.

  9. #9
    I see. Thanks for clarifying this, Jacob -

    M


    "If there’s something worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.” - An US saying.

    If my KKF Inbox is full (or not), please contact me via Email: anvlts@gmail.com

  10. #10
    Senior Member EdipisReks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Cincinnati, Oh
    Posts
    3,702
    Sure, no problem. Makes things easier if we're all speaking the same language, as it is.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •