Love your work
I've been making Japanese Style knives in San Mai and some in all Damascus. So far I have bought in a few handles from Dicks tools, fairly basic but comfortable. I swapped a couple of old blades for a disc sander recently and have been playing with some 25mm stock. I've come to a nice shape which will suit my knives much better than the ones from Dicks. They will only be one bit of wood for now, but now i've got it nailed i'll get some fancy burl woods.
My question is do you find a lathe necessary for making up 2 piece and more elaborate handles, for the joins? I make mokume as well so would be nice to work up to some nice 2 wood handles with Mokume spacers, for the more special blades.