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    Handle Taper

    I have been putting alot of taper in my handles lately. The last one I made ( Am I allowed to post a pic, its for one of my knives). It has 5mm taper on both planes from the ferrule to the end. I like the feel and also like the look of the smoother transition from the handle to tang. But I am wondering how much is too much? What do you guys like/prefer?

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    I think I prefer a more subtle taper to the extremes (just a big block or almost a cone), but it seems that a decent bit of taper would be really useful for smaller knives.

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    I am no wa-handle expert, but I prefer mine with a little less taper. My favorite wa only has 2mm of taper over 5.5 inches. Just a personal preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhenry View Post
    I have been putting alot of taper in my handles lately. The last one I made ( Am I allowed to post a pic, its for one of my knives). It has 5mm taper on both planes from the ferrule to the end. I like the feel and also like the look of the smoother transition from the handle to tang. But I am wondering how much is too much? What do you guys like/prefer?
    5mm is too much on X plane.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    5mm is too much on X plane.
    Hey Marko, X plane? would that be the plane that makes the sides, or top and bottom of the handle

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    i don't like a lot of taper. my favorite wa handle, which is one of Stefan Keller's, has the following measurements:

    ferrule:

    top to bottom 24mm

    side to side 22.5 mm

    bottom of handle:

    top to bottom 26mm

    side to side 23.5 mm

    146mm in length

    not much taper. that's on a Shigefusa 240 gyuto. feels perfect.

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    Here's a pic of the kulprit handle it actually has 4.6mm taper. Top/bottom view
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    Looks long. I think it comes down to personal taste. I prefer a bit less taper myself. I also recently made a few where there is very little taper over the handle length but then a few mm taper on the sides just on the ferrule. That also makes for a nice transition to the blade and feels good. I think Andy had made his handles like that years ago.

    Stefan

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    Vertically 3-5mm, horizontally 2-3mm


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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    Vertically 3-5mm, horizontally 2-3mm
    Just wondring, is this for aesthetic reasons or ergonomic?

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