Miyabi 7000MC Wa Conversion
Glen (GLE1952) and I have been working on this togeather for a while now, and have finally finished it. Glen did all the grinding, and did a brilliant job. When I received the knife it had a perfect machi and a tang stub for me to weld to. I tig welded a 1812 stainless tang on, and made the handle, it is Honduran rosewood burl with a ferrule of fossilized seacow rib bone. Glen let me use the knife while I had it and it is really pretty good, nice geometry, and excellent edge retention.
Nice job, fellows! Now you've got me thinking I need one... You got a pic of the entire knife?
I do, I will get it posted soon for you
Originally Posted by tk59
Very Nice......I love a good Wa convertion.
Nice work but I'm confused, I thought that the 7000MC was wa already?
Is picture #3 showing what's inside the Henckels handle after it was removed?
Yes, pic #3 shows the maximum length of steel left after handle removal. I ground the machi height down to the proper proportions and Mike welded on the tang.
The 7000MC is a combo handle with a welded bolster and D shaped handle which is a combination of steel, micarta and what is probably epoxy.
The reason I started this conversion was the knifes weight, 8.69 oz. or 257 gr. and a balance point 1" down the handle.
I didn't know at the time there was no tang inside and the more I cut and ground the more I realized I was in this way deeper than I intended.
I was about to chalk this up to an exspensive mistake when I consulted Mike and he said he could weld a tang on if there was enough steel left to work with, so I went all the way.
I liked this blade but not the handle, I don't have it back yet but I am shure I'll like it.
When I get some time I'll try to post some progress pics.
Hi Glen, I can just picture that oh sh*t moment - too funny. I heard before that the Shun handles are similar inside too.
Thanks for clearing that up Glen
Originally Posted by GLE1952
Last edited by GLE1952; 10-25-2011 at 04:20 PM.
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Here's a couple more pics of Glen's grinding job ,and a full blade shot for Tinh.