Some of you may have noticed that Iíve added a Hobbyist/Craftsman tag to my account. Iíd like to take this opportunity to reintroduce myself and to introduce you all to my new endeavor, Honu Mana Wa Handles. Honu is the Hawaiian word for the sea turtle, which is a symbol of peace, good luck, humility, and long life. Mana refers to spiritual energy.
Iíve been working on my handles for about eight months now and I feel Iíve gotten to the point that Iím comfortable sharing them with the rest of you. All of my handles are constructed with internal dowels securing the ferrules and end caps, and are hand sanded and polished to 8000 grit (1micron). I will not be taking custom orders, but I am open to ďrequestsĒ. If there is something youíre interested in let me know. If it sounds interesting Iíll put something together and give you first option, but no commitment on anybodyís part. Now, a few photos (Iím only showing the successes of course)
My first handle was this one made of amboyna burl and Gabon ebony. I chose to mount it on a deba for the simple reason that I made the tang hole too damn big to fit on anything else.
My next attempt was two matching sets for my Yoshikane nakiri and gyuto. One set was amboyna burl with Malaysian blackwood and the other was afzalia xylay with dyed maple. Choosing which set to use was no problem because the afzalia xylay came out orange and boring (I also made the holes too big againÖsigh).