I was thinking the other day, after looking inside a broken wa handle--why is there a horn ferrule on wa handles?
I mean, everything else about these knives screams functional beauty--but if the handle is meant to shrink over time, and get nasty, knocked off and replaced a few times in the knife's life, why bother with the horn? Whats the function?
Can't believe I didn't have a solid answer for this, so I am hoping you will. I really hope it's not "because they are pretty".