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    Plunge Line or Not on Wa Handled Knives

    Those of you who make wa hanled knives, do you guys grind with plunge lines or akin to how Japanese do (with some exceptions, namely Shigefusa)?

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    I had this discussion with Salty at the hammer in. He said that the blade should not have them.
    Edit: On a side not...I did a blended, almost curved plunge on my suji and blended it so there really is no plunge line. Looks pretty good to me

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    Pardon my ignorance...what is a plunge line?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johndoughy View Post
    Pardon my ignorance...what is a plunge line?
    Not sure exactly how to define it, but I think it's a transition point (or line) between a tang and the blade (with whatever geometry it has) past the heel.

    Here are many variants of a plunge line on hunters.

    http://www.tomasrucker.com/knives/Cu...mas_Rucker.htm

    When the tang is in uniform thickness, the handle installation is clean.

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    A pic or actually 2 of with and without for ya johndoughy.. But to answer your question, no plunge line. is best from what everyone has told me. Especially on a kitchen knife

    Here are 2 very similar knives, one with a plunge line and one without..

    Its really a matter of preference, as I dont think it will make a differenc in performance.
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    Doesn't Mr. Ealy have a plunge line on, like...all of his knives?

    Good to know what that thing is called. I've never actually used a kitchen knife with one, now that I think about it. Wonder how it would feel.

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    It would look better without.It would be easier and cleaner to install the wa handle.Are you think like Hoss's ITK wa plunge line.

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    I prefer them with aesthetically, but I do have a couple of knives with plunge lines and they are comfortable and don't bother me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johndoughy View Post
    Doesn't Mr. Ealy have a plunge line on, like...all of his knives?

    Good to know what that thing is called. I've never actually used a kitchen knife with one, now that I think about it. Wonder how it would feel.

    My previous thin knives did, and in the larger custom knife world they are a sign of quality when done properly. It is common on a custom knife to check the plunges first to see if they match. My newer knives have no plunge, there really isn't a need for one. Like was previosly mentioned they are the transition point between the full thickness of the blade and the bevel.
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    A pic of a damascus knife with the plunge and one of my recent knives without
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delbert Ealy View Post
    It is common on a custom knife to check the plunges first to see if they match.
    That makes sense, and is cool to know.

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