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    Another silly handle question

    Can a wa knife be yo handled and can a yo handled knife be wa handled or are they built differently ?

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    Yes they can...Dave just re-handled a Misuno suji to make it a WA. Western to Wa

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    Quote Originally Posted by welshstar View Post
    Can a wa knife be yo handled and can a yo handled knife be wa handled or are they built differently ?
    Yes, they are constructed differently, but as kaleeb has noted, a conversion can be done, but it is very labor intensive. A Western handled (yo-) knife usually must have the bolster removed and the tang ground down.

    A wa-handled knife may be easily rehandled with a Western styled handle, as kaleeb has done here:



    It doesn't have a bolster, or a full tang, but captures the style well.
    “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pensacola Tiger View Post
    Yes, they are constructed differently, but as kaleeb has noted, a conversion can be done, but it is very labor intensive. A Western handled (yo-) knife usually must have the bolster removed and the tang ground down.

    A wa-handled knife may be easily rehandled with a Western styled handle, as kaleeb has done here:



    It doesn't have a bolster, or a full tang, but captures the style well.
    Nicely done! What species of wood did you utilize?

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    Mike, the wood is buckeye burl with a copper colored resin forced into the voids. The "ferrule" is a solid piece of copper resin.

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    Kalaeb, I've worked a good amount of Buckeye and have never seen a piece like that. Great choice for your handle and very nicely executed. Even though I'm partial to Adam style of fat handles I wouldn't mind on one my knives.

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    Here is another hybrid Wa/Western

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    Here is a very free interpretation, I see it almost like a hybrid with the wa ferrule but then it flares out considerably more than a wa handle.



    Stefan

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