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    Cleaver question

    I few years ago when in the height of my knife purchasing obsession, there were a few knives that were more impulse than anything else. Fittingly, my Suien cleaver is one of them. After attempting to use it, I found the handle very clumsy and just plain ugly to look at. After not much though, off she went to the shop and had her scales removed.

    After settling down, I realized that there was no plan in place, nothing in the works for this neglected gal. So, here it goes... What shape/ material/ configuration, etc... would you choose if this were your knife. I'm open to all suggestions and input. Thanks.

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    Senior Member mateo's Avatar
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    I think I would do a Butch Harner style handle, something like this probably in palm:



    hmm... that wouldn't be a bad idea, now that I think about it. uh oh...

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    Palm sounds good. I was kicking the idea around alongside with some black locust burl or pollyanna burl.

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    I can't post a picture here. However if you can find the tread on Fish handles you will see a couple he did for me. The best feeling handles for a cleaver I've ever felt. He did a Suien VC and a Masahiro M3.
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    Thank you Joe, I have actually been looking for those pictures and have come up empty handed.

    * I did find an awesome piece of Manzanita burl that looks promising in one of the many crates of wood in the shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Thank you Joe, I have actually been looking for those pictures and have come up empty handed.

    * I did find an awesome piece of Manzanita burl that looks promising in one of the many crates of wood in the shop.
    I'm speaking more of the shape than materials. I actually owned 3 by Fish, all different materials but the same basic shape.
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    i have probably the same suien cleaver sitting in a box downstairs. i have the VC vegetable cleaver and just do not like the handle as well. using and learning the cleaver grip helped a little but it just doesnt work like i wish it did. it was a gift from my wife so could never sell it but i would like to get some use out of it as it gets a wicked edge. it is a little tall but hey, in due time it could get better with some work on the stones (sounds like another project) and eventually flatten out the belly just a little along with trimming down the profile.

    i would like to hear what people would say about handles for this knife as well

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    i seriously need to get a cleaver.

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    I actually really like the big, beefy WA handle on the DT ITK mid-tech cleavers, really comfy, lots of control, the balance is still very blade heavy, but less extreme than some.
    You could grind the tang down and do a wa-conversion.

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    Last edited by Justin0505; 10-06-2011 at 02:35 AM. Reason: oh... the forum is sensoring certain text now... well you know where to go if you need to see a picture...

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    Quote Originally Posted by joec View Post
    I can't post a picture here. However if you can find the tread on Fish handles you will see a couple he did for me. The best feeling handles for a cleaver I've ever felt. He did a Suien VC and a Masahiro M3.
    http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...light=fish+poi

    I did an advance search on this forum as i recalled that there is a tribute for the King (of handles) by Dave.

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