Damn it that's SEXY!!!
I kinda like it myself, love that cascara wood and still think of Watanabe gyutos as having the perfect profile for me. Gotta add a 240 one day.
Correct me if I'm wrong Stefan but I believe this wood has similar properties to ho wood. Maybe a little heavier?? I think it will change very little in the balance of the knife. It is just a tad shorter than the Watanabe handle. One thing I noticed about this wood is that pictures don't do it justice. There is actually a lot of fine, low contrast detail going on in the grain. Very interesting.
I think the closest in appearance to the cascara is quilted maple. Actually, I bought the block I have as quilted maple but from the pattern everything points to cascara - based on what Mark has described. But the working characteristcs are not very different from maple either. Definitely heavier than ho wood, but the Watanabe can take a slightly heftier handle and having it a bit shorter than the original will also help to retain close to the original balance. I agree with the dilemma: Some of these wood patterns are just so difficult to get across in 2-D photography. I have been thinking about moving to video if I present handles for sale in the future, hoping that the depth of the woods will come across better.
Superb as always. Cannot wait for mine.
Help me! I love these handles! How do I get one? Do I install it myself???
Thank you, Will! People here can tell you that I can be very slow in making these and I am way behind with my orders - as usual. My hope is that I will get things sorted out again in January, and also find someeone to help me out in the shop, at least until the pile of orders is finished. Once I now what's going on, I will post an update in my forum section.
Thanks! You do have some amazing handles!!!