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    Das HandleMeister apicius9's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkriggen View Post
    I like both the Gidgee handles (I actually like the white stripes in the horn, I think it compliments the white spacer), but I agree, the red spacer looks out of place. It might have worked if paired with another one on the other side of the white spacer though. Oh, in case you didn't realize it...you got it bad bro, real bad

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    I agree with Mikey, but I also like the cocobolo one for the lines in the wood, even though yellow is not my color...

    Just curious: Did you glue or burn them on already? I occasionally have a handle where I don't like the combination or the ferrule cracks etc., and I have no problems to just cut it apart, put on a new spacer, ferrule etc, and work it into a new handle. After sanding it will be a bit smaller, but it doesn't hurt the handle and some wood pieces are just too nice to throw away.

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    Karelian has a nice tone, but u think your right about the spacers, maybe a metal one would have looked good.. The yellow one is styly too.

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    The yellow one looks awesome! really draws your eye to it. but I would probably go with the karelian birch handle if it was going on one of mine, the yellow is a bit flashy for me.

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    All the handles look great! I especially like the Karelian birch.

    P.S. Do you, by any chance, homeroast your own coffee?

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    Thanks for the kinds words guys.
    I've noticed an interesting thing for myself after starting this thread: when I was making those handles, I wasn't satisfied with them. Each next handle had some flaw in my eyes to I started new one. But when I look at photos those flaws aren't that apparent even to me (I mean I know they are still there). Kind of different point of view.
    I'm still awaiting of reply from blade owner, so I have no idea which one he choose. And I have no idea where would I put the rest 4 handles… probably would start a giveaway one day, when I had too many of them lying around.


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbob View Post
    Karelian has a nice tone, but u think your right about the spacers, maybe a metal one would have looked good.. The yellow one is styly too.
    I still hasn't mastered metal spacers Have one glued but unshaped handle with metal spacer lying around, but can't force myself to complete it. And I don't have blade for it anyway.
    As for Karelian Birch it was also an experiment in how thin I could cut wooden spacers. I've bough myself a new saw blade that perform way better then the old one, so probably with some care could cut them at least twice thinner then on this handle.
    For someone with small hands this handle fits this blade better then other 4 handles, so after all the owner of blade might pick it for that reason.

    Quote Originally Posted by apicius9 View Post
    Just curious: Did you glue or burn them on already? I occasionally have a handle where I don't like the combination or the ferrule cracks etc., and I have no problems to just cut it apart, put on a new spacer, ferrule etc, and work it into a new handle. After sanding it will be a bit smaller, but it doesn't hurt the handle and some wood pieces are just too nice to throw away.
    Haven't glued them… and haven't ever tried burning a handle (haven't any fire sources at home other then matches/candles).
    And I still have A LOT to learn from you Stefan in terms of being efficient I have 2 handles that I had to cut after ferrules cracking, but they are still lying around as spare parts for possible future handles.


    Quote Originally Posted by cazhpfan View Post
    All the handles look great! I especially like the Karelian birch.
    P.S. Do you, by any chance, homeroast your own coffee?
    No I don't do that
    I love coffee and drink it a lot, but can't say I'm that picky about it. Fully automatic coffee machine suites my needs just fine for now.


    And now back to MOAR handles! That Watanabe petty that I've bough a week ago still doesn't have it's handle glued. I've made two new handles for it but still can't decide if I want to keep any of them or start making new one. Damn is this addictive.

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    Just to put that into perspective: I never counted them, but I have certainly made several hundred handles by now, and almost all of them had flaws. If you spend a few hours working on a piece, you see things that a customer might not even pick up, things that you see as a flaw because they are not like you wanted them - but they are still well within the tolerance for a handmade product made from natural materials.

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    I like this one best.


    I think of spacers like pin striping on a car. Subtle is better in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burl Source View Post
    I think of spacers like pin striping on a car. Subtle is better in my opinion.
    Less is more

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    Nice work

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    Original owner of Shige told me to choose the best one myself as he was struggling to choose from photos. So I propose him to meet on the weekend so he could try them all and choose which one fits his hands better.

    I also cut 4-th handle into parts as I didn't like how it ended up. And while I was bored I've made 2 more handles from cocobolo.

    Another crazy yellow spacer version



    and the other one with more classic look and shape



    Both handles doesn't have proper finish yet. I've only applied one coating so far and gonna finish them by the weekend.

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