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    Nice work you're handles look amazing

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    Thank you all for your kind words. I should have a few more ready to post this evening.

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    Mikey
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    SHIG'S NEW SHOES

    This is a handle I made for my personal 240 Shig suji. It's snakewood with an African blackwood ferrule and a white marbled bakelite spacer bookended with M3 nickel/silver spacers. The 'Honu' is inlayed with crushed pearl. I'm not entirely happy with the way the M3 spacers polished up, but this is the first time I've used them so maybe I'm doing something wrong. Overall though, I'm pretty happy with the finished product.

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    Mikey
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    Das HandleMeister apicius9's Avatar
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    Nice piece, Mikey. The M3 never polishes quite as the real thing. Using that fine polish they include or a plastic polish helps a little bit, but you will notice the difference.

    Stefan

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    DESERT IRONWOOD AND AFRICAN BLACKWOOD

    This is what I would consider a medium handle, good for a nakiri, smaller gyuto, or a 240 suji if you like a smaller handle. It's made of desert ironwood and African blackwood, with blue bakelite spacers. There is no secondary taper on the ferrule of this handle.

    Height:
    @ end cap- 24.5mm
    @ front of ferrule- 23mm

    Width:
    @ end cap- 21.5mm
    @ front of ferrule- 17.5mm

    Length- 144mm

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    Be well,
    Mikey
    Rule #1- Don't sweat the small s%&t, rule #2- It's ALL small s%&t
    Mikey

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    Quote Originally Posted by apicius9 View Post
    Nice piece, Mikey. The M3 never polishes quite as the real thing. Using that fine polish they include or a plastic polish helps a little bit, but you will notice the difference.

    Stefan
    Yeah, kinda what I figured. Unfortunately I don't really have the right sander to work with the real thing right now. Soon though, soon.

    Be well,
    Mikey
    Rule #1- Don't sweat the small s%&t, rule #2- It's ALL small s%&t
    Mikey

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    Das HandleMeister apicius9's Avatar
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    Just don't buy a cheap sander... Too bad you live Kona side. I applied for a job on the wet side at UH Hilo. We could have shared tools otherwise But not likely I will get the job anyway.

    Stefan

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    You never know, almost every job I've had in the last 15 years has been unexpected. I'm getting by with a cheap Porter-Cable combo 8"disc/4" belt sander right now. Plan on getting a 12" disc in near future. Do you use a disc sander or a belt sander when shaping handles with metal components?

    Be well,
    Mikey
    Rule #1- Don't sweat the small s%&t, rule #2- It's ALL small s%&t
    Mikey

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    Das HandleMeister apicius9's Avatar
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    Both, I have a Jet 6x48 with a 9" disc and an extra cheaper 12" disc. Usually have the 9" on 90* to square things and the 12" varies for starting octagon sides etc. 2 disc sanders is great. But if I had to do it again, I would get the larger Jet 6x48/12" combo - more power, more stable, larger disc. Oh, and much more cash...

    Stefan

    P.S. 2 discs is great because you don't have to adjust the angles all the time, but I still do 90% of the work on the belt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apicius9 View Post
    P.S. 2 discs is great because you don't have to adjust the angles all the time, but I still do 90% of the work on the belt.
    I knew I was missing something obvious… completely forgot I can adjust angle on my disk sander. So far I did all the shaping "freehand" with standard 90 degree table angle

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