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Thread: Offering a Limited Amount of Custom Work to Public (Handles and Sayas)

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    Exclamation Offering a Limited Amount of Custom Work to Public (Handles and Sayas)

    I decided to resume making a few custom handles each month in addition to other work I do. For now I will offer sayas in sets with handles only.

    I will however, raise the cost of the service, as I no longer am a hobbyist and I carry overhead - I rent a shop space, I have equipment to maintain (and need to buy some more), and most importantly, I am shifting my time from other employments, so passion alone would not suffice, unfortunately. A lot of my work I do by hand, and I don't time myself - the end result is what matters, but it comes at a high time-cost to me.

    I will offer three types of handles - octagonal, D-style and oval (like D-style with tapers on both sides of a ferrule, but without a ridge). I plan on stocking premium ironwood, stabilized premium koa, top grade cocobolo, premium grade curly maple, ebonies and some other woods. I will accept wood provided by a customer, as long as it is stabilized by a reputable source. Style of my handles will stay unchanged - as close to a classic look as possible, but I will be open to doing styles upon request, though I might have to price them differently, depending on level of complexity.

    On my part, I will do my best work - custom handles with an excellent symmetry, excellent fit and finish, mortise-and-tenon construction, spacer/s, horn ferrule/end cap, clean installation, well fitted and constructed sayas, with a nice applied surface finish. Also, I will only take a few orders at a time, so a turn-around will be quick - I budgeted time for 2-3 handles per week.

    Cost of the Service:

    Premium Grade Handles
    Arizona Desert Ironwood
    Koa
    $210

    Top Grade Handles
    Cocobolo
    Ebony
    Curly Maple (stabilized)
    $185

    Handles in Wood Provided by Customer
    $175

    Sayas - Price per inch of blade
    Select Grade Poplar $10/inch
    Highly Figured Maple/Walnut $14/inch
    Top Grade Ebony $30/inch
    Premium Arizona Desert Ironwood $40/inch

    All sayas will come with custom-made pins (wood or horn)

    Price includes return shipping, materials (wood, horn, spacers), installation and labor. During the process, I will be in touch, providing pictures so you know exactly what you are getting.

    I am not including high-cost materials in the current pricing - cow horn, mokume, etc. These will be upgrades.

    I will offer custom work coupons through my site shortly. I will list only few at a time, and will list new after old are completed.

    I am sorry if I am pricing some of you out, but this is the only way I can offer work to public.

    Thanks for your time.

    Marko


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    This is what I would call a 'premium grade ironwood'

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    Blocks retail $40-65 on average

    Here is where I will source it
    http://shop.arizonaironwood.com/Iron...Blocks_c13.htm

    This is a grade of Koa I have on hand

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    This is great Marko! I'm sure a the line will be long!

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    can you provide a link to your site for the rehandling coupon? I can't seem to find it.

    Pesky

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Pescador View Post
    can you provide a link to your site for the rehandling coupon? I can't seem to find it.

    Pesky
    Will be up later today.

    Thanks!


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    Senior Member Johnny.B.Good's Avatar
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    My offer still stands Marko, except now I will be mailing you two knives and not one.

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    I will need to test the store, so please hold on with your orders until I post an announcement.

    Thank you.

    M


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    Senior Member Crothcipt's Avatar
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    wow Marko, congratz on the move forward. I can see it being a success just because of your work and craftsmanship.

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    It's a limited venture to combine with handles for my knives. We are talking 10 handles a month or so.


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    Senior Member Justin0505's Avatar
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    Can I get my handle with an attached Marko blade? I have been waiting to get on the list for a long time.

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