Here is Ben's 240mm gyuto in premium ironwood burl (wood sourced from Stefan).
I chose smaller pinstock for this one and tapered the tang a lot although it doesn;t look very tapered once the scales were mounted. Maybe it requires a very radical tapering to show this feature off good. I did it more for balance than anything but still it would have been nice to show off this detail more.
So I took a lot longer on this knife than I wanted to but it was worth it I think. I spent a lot of time trying to nail down the blade finish and I think I've finally got the sequence worked out. The maker's mark suffered a bit in the process though but truthfully I don't think the mark came out that great even before I started playing with the finish. This shows that I'm very much still learning all of this stuff and how it takes a lot of practice to get good at something.
I hope you get a lot of good use out of it Ben. She ships tomorrow.
Looking good! The blade finish looks much better. Ben's going to be happy.
WOOOOOOT! Lookin' nice Dave. One small thing that I think would make it look even better though ... living in my Knife Block! That's once nice piece of Ironwood you picked out too!
This is going to be one heck of a fun package you're sending!
On pic #4 the taper of the tang show very nicely, I think!
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That's a very handsome knife Dave! The new bolster set up and smaller pins are very complimentary and gives the knife a slick and clean look.
The blended grind looks great. It looks like a sweeping wave, rather than a blended bevel. I'd say the extra hours of polishing mania were well worth it.
So what comes after #5? What else but #10!
Here's Karring's gyuto in old growth redwood (scored from Stefan).
I did a bit more tang tapering on this one and when this and the lighter wood was used here it's a whole ounce less weight than all the others. This one weighs in at 7.5oz
PS - any little spots of dust are actually either rain drops or lint from my stupid paper towel I was using to wipe the rain drops away...grrrr!