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    Handle conversion?

    Is it possible to take off the western handle on a knife and replace it with a Japanese wa handle? Would that undermine the integrity of the handle/knife build?

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    Absolutely possible.

    Mike Henry is doing a WIP on one right now.

    http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...Conversion-WIP

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    If it's a western handle with a metal bolster it has to be ground off...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rottman View Post
    If it's a western handle with a metal bolster it has to be ground off...

    Yeah that's the more complicated of the situations as it pretty much forces you to have re-finish the entire blade if you want it to look good.

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    Dave, did you get my email on this subject?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SameGuy View Post
    Dave, did you get my email on this subject?

    Hi Francesco,
    Yes I did and I replied ...maybe yesterday?

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    I'll re-send it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pensacola Tiger View Post
    Absolutely possible.

    Mike Henry is doing a WIP on one right now.

    http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...Conversion-WIP
    The one I have have one more bolt thing in between the two on the both ends of the handle. Is this something new/experimental?

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    If you mean there are three rivets instead of two, that is not a big deal. Sometimes people make knives with like 8 pins in them. Sometimes none.

    If you mean there is an extra hole in the tang, and not a hole or pin in the scales, that's not unusual either--it's done to change the balance and/or create an "epoxy rivet".

    As long as it's not an integral bolster, you can just take the scales off, grind it down to a stick and do whatever you like it it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by agp View Post
    The one I have have one more bolt thing in between the two on the both ends of the handle.
    Some knives have two rivets, some have three.

    Is this something new/experimental?
    I think at some point most people who get involved in rehandling knives attempt a conversion of this type. Mike's job is easier because there is no bolster, as has been noted.

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