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    Summer project

    Hi guys,
    I have a little project making a handle knife that I would like to attach to ........ Artifex Gyuto 240mm.
    I am planning to convert the handle to wa version. I am using a flame wood on the bottom, 2 metal spacer and on top is a black african ebony. I tried to stabilized them with Minwax wood handler and attached all of them with gorilla glue and some power glue.

    Am I doing it right? I really would love some input from all of you since I am sure most of you know better than me. I just started this about a month ago from reading this forum and some other forum. (by the way, pardon my English since it's not my first language)

    One more question, how do you post picture in this forum?

    Thanks a lot guys,


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    Das HandleMeister apicius9's Avatar
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    Hi Joe,

    Gorilla glue is an excellent glue because it is strong and water resistant (I think...), the only thing to pay attention to is that it expands while it dries, so you need to clamp the pieces together. Am not sure what flame wood is, maybe we use a different name for it? Do you have a picture of it? In general, the most important thing is that the wood is dry and has been matured/seasoned for some time. The longer it has been seasoned, the less likely it will be moving with changes in climate, humidity etc. But if you had the wood at your place for a few weeks or longer so that they can adjust to your climate, it should be o.k. to combine these woods. Not sure if that helps....

    As for the conversion, others have more experience with that, so I won't say much. I think this knife doesn't have a bolster, right? That makes it much easier for a conversion. Good luck, and please show us pictures. We all love to see what others are doing and love to learn from each othere here!


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    Stefan, how do you post picture? I have some picture I took with my phone. The wood I bought at Global Wood Source at Santa Clara, CA. The said it's a flame wood. I am not sure myself. I was actually looking for burl and got some burl (i forgot the name) and it's not stabilized.

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    Stefan -

    I have been wondering for a while about the method of attaching different pieces. It appears that when the handle is simple wood plus, say buffalo horn, that it's like mortise and tenon...IE the horn is hollowed and the wood handle material pushed into the horn so that the knife tang actually sits in the wood. But in the case of all wood multi peice handles, with or without spacers, do you mortise and tenon at all, or just glue the components together and drill pilot hoes through all three for the tang?

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    Here is a post I did where I tried a different way to do a Wa looking handle. I am going to do an Artifex converted to Wa style handle soon!

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    I tried yo do it different with you. I glue with the space with gorilla glue. The 2 space with super glue with( previously i did it with gorilla glue but it fell off when i sand it.i am planning to drill the top for the blade to go in.

    Can someone teach me how to post a picture please. Thanks

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    This is the Artifex that I tried to mirror finished. no more ....... Artifex logo.

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    how do you make the wood shiny?

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    Woods get shiny when it's highly polished or sanded with a fine grit of sandpaper, or a shiny finish is put on it. 400-600 grit sandpaper will start to get it shiny if it's oily or been stabilized, but it depends on the wood and if it is stabilized or not. Some people use a buffing wheel. I prefer to hand sand and then apply a finish to it.

    Are you reshaping the tang at all for your handle to slip over the original tang of the knife or are you making the handle larger than the existing tang??

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    I am planning to reshaping the tang actually. make is look like a lolly pop stick to fit in the wood. How do you take out the original handle?

    I stabilized the wood but only with wood hardener which in one forum I heard that you use wood hardener, aceton and wood polish mix together. will I get a different result? I have stabilized one burl and It still feel empty and a lot of air pocket in the wood. I have not try to polish it tho.

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