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    Carter to Martell Conversion

    Here is Andrew's 210(?)mm Carter wabocho (?) that's been converted from the stock wa ho wood/plastic ferrule handle to a western style using Hawaiian Koa & African Blackwood ferrule (woods from BurlSource) with a copper spacer & copper mosaic pin.





    I took the liberty of rounding the spine, polishing the choil, and sharpening it too. I wanted to push it closer towards Murray's Intl Pro line.....knuck knuck knuck

    This was Andrew's idea to go western and he requested koa but otherwise the rest is me. My vision here was to go with something that looked like a cross between wa & western and have a touch of a look that Murray himself might do. I think I got in the ballpark.

    The koa, as mentioned before, is the best I've used and it simply can't be photographed. It has metallic flash & movement and lots of depth and tone changes - nice stuff!

    So I'll bring this along for you on Sunday Andrew - see you then.
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    Last edited by Dave Martell; 05-30-2012 at 04:54 PM.

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    I like your style!

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    That is really cool, great work Dave! I would not mind at all having that one in my knife block Glad the wood works for you also, and hopefully for Andrew. As much as I love the regular striped/curly koa, in many cases the 'wilder' ones are much more interesting IMHO.

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    That's cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by apicius9 View Post
    That is really cool, great work Dave! I would not mind at all having that one in my knife block Glad the wood works for you also, and hopefully for Andrew. As much as I love the regular striped/curly koa, in many cases the 'wilder' ones are much more interesting IMHO.

    Stefan

    Turns out the koa was from BurlSource...sorry for that mix up Stefan. I'm using a block of your koa for another handle so that's why I got screwy.

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    Dave, that's one of the nicest rehandles I've seen you do. Five stars man.

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    That looks amazing Dave, nice work and congrats to Andrew.

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    The knife looks fantastic, Dave! The copper spacer and blackwood ferrule go perfectly with both the mosaic pin and the koa. It's some sort of cruel joke that I'm passing this off to Marko to get a saya on the same day I get it.

    Oh and for those wondering it's around a 180mm funy.

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