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    Question for fellow Dutch members about rehandling

    Hallo allemaal / Hi everyone,

    I'm looking for a Dutchie with rehandling experience. I've recently bought a Kato which I might want to re-handle, but I'm a total novice at it, and before ordering one I was wondering if any of you have any experience with rehandling.

    Let me know

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    Nope sorry. I had a knife of mine rehandled by someone in the States.

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    Wish I could do it for you but I have never rehandled a knife. But I think it should not be that difficult.
    Removing the old handle is the hardest part. Just try it yourself, you can barely go wrong.

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    There's Dan not that far away from you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard78 View Post
    Wish I could do it for you but I have never rehandled a knife. But I think it should not be that difficult.
    That's exactly what I though back when before making my first handle. Not a rocket science by any means, but there lots of nuances and you'd really need a lot of experience before you could produce something like Rader does.

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard78 View Post
    Removing the old handle is the hardest part. Just try it yourself, you can barely go wrong.
    Nope, that's the easy part

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    Maybe I was to confident
    I understood that changing a WA handle for a western handle was difficult.
    But I thought changing a WA handle for another WA handle is not that hard. You just attach it with epoxy right? And with masking tape you prevent the epoxy to get all over the blade and handle.

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    Not that easy if the handle only has a pilot hole and hasnt been pre-burned yet...

    Theres too much room for mistakes for me, so Im hesitant to buy a beautiful handle with a high probability of destroying it beyond repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icanhaschzbrgr View Post
    There's Dan not that far away from you
    Thanks for the tip. Id like to buy a handle from Mikey (Honu Mana wa), so Id understand if other makers feel hesitant of mounting a handle not made by them.

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    If you buy a handle from Mike, ask him tips on enlarging the tang hole. I am sure he will help. Rat tail flat files are slow going but can work if you have limited tools. If you have a vise careful drilling

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    O, and someone in Russia made a very nice wa handle for me...

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