I took advantage of the Sur La Table sale on a ZKramer chef's knife in 52100. I ended up ordering from a non-local store, so wasn't able to inspect the knife before buying it. I probably would have still bought it, and am not inclined to return it, but the scales have shrunk, and the tang sticks out on the top and bottom of the handle. I've been soaking it in mineral oil, but that doesn't seem to help much.
So, now I'm thinking of sanding or grinding down the tang on the top and bottom of the handle. Any suggestions about how to do this? Should I do it by hand or use a power tool? I want to make sure my efforts remove metal, not wood.
FWIW, the good news is that the protruding tang doesn't really bother me while I'm holding the knife to cut. It bugs me when I first pick it up, and I don't have to get it perfect, but I'd like the shrunken scales to be less noticeable. I think even some basic rounding of the corners of the tang would help quite a bit.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.