My knife-making goes relatively slowly, as I do everything in-house, and I have been working part-time on this.
Even now that I spend more time in the shop, I still end up a couple of days a week working on handles and sayas, a day heat treating, a couple of days grinding and polishing, and do some odds and ends in-between those days. At this pace, my current output would be 2 knives per a week, from start to finish, with custom handles and sayas.
Adding a couple of handles and possibly a couple of sayas to the weekly load, is manageable, so I am willing to do that. Adding another knife would be difficult, so I am hesitant to open a list for more knife orders, as I can find myself easily overwhelmed with work and stress - a recipe for failure.
I am planning to add a few peaces of equipment to improve my efficiency, plus I shifted a chunk of time from my other work to working in the shop, so things will move faster. However, I don't want to repeat past mistakes and overstretched myself with orders. There are 7 knives remaining on the first order list and these will be a priority for this month. I also have 4 old custom orders (sayas/handles) to clear, so I can move forward.
I added folks who contacted me to a list and will contact them as soon as I am ready to take new orders.
Marko, I see the option on your websites for ordering handles but can't seem to find sayas. Will they done differently because the pricing varies?
At this time, I would take orders for sets (handles and sayas), but not for sayas alone - I want to keep the workload manageable.
I am not sure how to bundle sayas to handles in the store, so this might have to be done on PM for a while.
I agree with Justin and Johnny, I would prefer getting a handle with knife attached, when time permits. Hopefully I am part of the list for the second round
Bonus time is coming up, so in addition to patiently waiting for Marko, I need to take a trip up to see Jon. Though as a home cook who does not cook enough I need to think about any additional purchases.
Lol deckhand, more trying to justify purchases than worrying about space concerns.
And wow, already aproaching 500 posts?
There are 5 of each type of handles available for sale (15 total). I might change types, if preference is more for one type than the other, but the quantity will stay unchanged. I won't list any new handles for sale, until all these 15 are completed. With 2-3 handles per week, there will be no new offers for 5-6 weeks.
If you want a saya with the handle (I will have the knife on hand), please contact me at email@example.com.
You can access the web store here:
Last edited by Andrew H; 03-06-2012 at 07:55 PM. Reason: Marko's request
I made the first cut for a handle - woohoo!!