I think I'm on my finish line with this Shige. The road was pretty long, and here are some milestones.
First version build almost 2 month ago. The owner wanted to keep handle compact so I tried but hasn't really succeeded. Also this was build from unstabilized burl wood that's too light and porous… I didn't bother to make proper finish for this handle.
Cocobolo with crazy yellow spacer. I had to put that yellow stuff somewhere since it making me nervous laying around
This was built as an experiment. That's the first block of Karelian Birch that I stabilized myself. I liked the size and shape of this handle, but thin black spacers spoiled everything.
After receiving Gidgee from Burl Source I couldn't wait to start making handles from it. But this one was a failure. Ferrule is made from horn, and after shaping those ugly white stripes appeared on it. And the very thin red spacer is obviously redundant. So I grab another piece of gidgee and started making another handle with simpler design
Failed to capture real beauty of this wood on those photos, but trust me, it really looks great in person. One of the my best handles.
Now I'm gonna send an email to the owner of this blade and hope he wouldn't choose the last one handle
Which one would you choose?