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    Western Handle Types

    I'm going to switch to making all of my western handled knives as hidden tang with an upgrade option to full tang (scales) with pins, etc.

    Current orders will be made in either configuration done at the customer's choice. I will contact the customer before I start working on their knife to ask them which they prefer. Please don't send me a message at this time, it'll just slow me down.

    The below images show the full tang w/scales & the hidden tang configurations. Note that the hidden tang will have a full width choil with step down to the tang, this is for strength and less flex.
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    Here I show a completed hidden tang handle western style gyuto.

    *Note - this knife doesn't show the full width choil with step down tang.


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    Good call. I really like the western hidden tangs.

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    Looks good and makes sense. Hope this goes well.

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    Here we see a full tang w/scales gyuto.
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    Hidden tang is the only way to go

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    Quote Originally Posted by oivind_dahle View Post
    Hidden tang is the only way to go
    You may be right about this...

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    Its a win/win stronger bonds because there are less peices to break down. Any shrinking (which is almost inevitable) is not a big deal because there is no steel to compare against or feel. No potential to have spaces between tangs. Better balance.... and easier/less time to execute and less prone to failure.

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    You will need integral bolster however

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    Have to agree with oivind, integrated bolster with the hidden tang would be awesome.
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