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    So I have been grinding on this damn handle all weekend trying to fix it. I give up, I just dont think I can salvage it. It has symmetry issues, its not flat, the bevels are too big, the taper is off, its a mess.The problems are subtle but big enough to qualify the handle for the trash can.

    I have got 35.00 in that piece of Black Ash ,and I figure another conservative 15.00 in the ferrule, spacer, and misc. 50 bucks down the crapper. I am wondering how much junk if any you guys are producing and what you estimate your sucess rate is. I would put mine at around 70%.
    Mike

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    Anyone doing handles on any level is loosing some here and there. I know I've lost over $400-500 easily. I don't do wa-handles though - I bet I'd be worse at them even still. I feel your pain though man but at least you can feel better knowing that we all lose some.

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    Yup. It happens. At least your junk handle shows some awesome skill, if it's any consolation...
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    I just killed one yesterday that was almost done, happens all the time even after having done quite a few. Where I am 'losing' the most is on custom orders. They have to be a certain size and design, and if I mess up, it's often trash. If I just make my own designs, it's easier: When I start working on a gyuto handle and mess up the symmetry or something else, I just keep on sanding until I have it right and then call the thinner result a yanagi handle

    Too bad about yours, it looks real classy and with the metal spacers I can imagine the work you put into it.

    Stefan

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    Mike,

    Any chance you could be trim it into a wa-petty handle?

    Rick

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    That's a good idea. A petty! Just grind it down, there's a smaller handle in there somewhere.

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    That's an interesting point. That looks heavy though. Wouldn't the resulting knife feel like all handle with nothing attached to it?

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    You can hollow it out quite a bit with the right file/rasp to lose some weight, or even angle the bottom portion of the butt to lose a bit more material. Just a thought
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    that handle looks really great, regardless of the flaws, so i'd try to figure out a way to salvage it.

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    As long as you've given up on it you might as well send it over to me and I will dispose of it safely!
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