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    Japanese Handle Styles

    This is a very rough outline of the differences in Japanese handle styles. This post does not include materials used, just construction. This post is meant to help new members figure out the handle basics more easily.



    There are two main types....


    Wa (traditional Japanese with a stick tang)




    Yo (Western with a full {shown below} or partial tang)








    Wa handles are most often seen in three configurations...


    Round

    (See Jon's post below)





    D-Shape




    Octagonal


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    Hinoura style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecchef View Post
    Hinoura style.


    I forgot that - thanks Dave!

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    Thanks for the explanation. I think I am the minority here but I like the stick tang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dream816 View Post
    Thanks for the explanation. I think I am the minority here but I like the stick tang.
    Naw, the western weirdos are just louder

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    Okay while you guys are at it can somebody explain the purpose of a ferrule? Why not just use a single piece of wood?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CutFingers View Post
    Okay while you guys are at it can somebody explain the purpose of a ferrule? Why not just use a single piece of wood?
    To keep it from splitting when the handle becomes wet.

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