That hurts. And I know it's different stokes for different folks... but the handle just seem wrong in a Hello Kitty kind of way.
Confiscate it. It's for the best.
Ugh. I may try my hand at wa handle installs one day, but my first attempt will NOT be a watanabe for this exact reason.
They tried a burn-in for a custom (presumably the pink handle has the internal dowel), why not micro rasps/files and epoxy?
I'll never try a burn-in install.
is/was that kintaro-ame steel or just the effects of poor care and the botched install attempt?
I've done several burn in installations on nice knives, never had an issue. this image suggests a lack of common sense perhaps. IMO burn in is FAR SUPERIOR to epoxy mounting.