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    Wa Handle Installation - Stefan Handle on A-Type

    I have a Aritsugu A-Type 270mm Gyuto, which comes with an awful factory handle, and handle I bought from Stefan. So naturally, off comes the factory handle. The factory handle came off no problem, and luckily the Stefan handle is twice the weight of the factory one, as the knife was quite blade heavy to start. The spine is very square and sharp, and the choil is rough, so I am also going to take care of those while I have the handles off. The tang is about 1mm too tall for the new handle, so I will take a little off of there as well. I will have some pictures later this week.

    What kind of epoxy do you guys like to use for wa installations?

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    I fill them up with System Three T-88. This stuff is gap filling marine grade but has a great open end work time and settles nicely.

    For sealing the tang I use Devcon 2-ton. It's waterproof, tough as nails, and easy to work with.

    You can use just about any epoxy and come out OK, maybe just select something waterproof (versus resistant) and a longer open end time than you think you need. Nothings worse than epoxy setting up on you when you're not finished filling the hole yet - oh what fun that is!

    Please post your handle mounted pictures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyChance View Post
    The tang is about 1mm too tall for the new handle, so I will take a little off of there as well. I will have some pictures later this week.

    What kind of epoxy do you guys like to use for wa installations?

    I usually just wing the size of the tang slot in the ferrule because I never know what knife the handle will go on. Rather than filing down the knfe tang, you could also just get a small file or rasp and match the tangs slot to the tang - much easier. Please keep in mind that the inner slot behind the ferrule is drilled a little bit oversized - again, to accommodate whatever tang ends up going in there. That means a) you don't have to file very deeply to adjust the handle to the tang, just the ferrule part, and b) you may need a bit more epoxy tan you expect because the inner hole is oversized. For filling handles, a thinner epoxy is better. I think T=88 might be your best bet, Dave has had great success with it. Even better would be West epoxy system or acraglass but they are either hard to find or you have to buy a quart sized container...

    Good luck, I'll wait for the pictures

    Stefan

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    Back from the dead! Finally got the epoxy I needed and put it to work. The original Aritsugu handle was frankly quite bad, and very light. It made the knife very blade heavy. Stefan's handle is double the weight of the original, plus the weight of epoxy. The spine and choil were also pretty sharp, so I rounded and polished those. And since I hid the machi in the handle, I added a Mario-esque curve to the choil for a little extra finger clearance. Overall the knife is waaaaaaay more comfortable. I had more extreme cutouts planned by drawing on the blade with a sharpie, but they looked a bit silly. Between the big curve and wild handle, it looked like a wa-knuckle-sandwich-guy-fieri abomination. So I kept it subdued.











    And yes, the handle is pink(ish), with a mother of pearl end cap.
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    Nice job! I like the way you put the emoto right up against the handle so there's no machi.

    I agree with you about the stock handle on the A-types - they're horrid. I've got a 240 that's just waiting for the right handle.

    Rick

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    Very nicely done!

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    Yup. I usually don't like wierd-colored handles but that definitely works. Very nice.

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    really nice looking .what is the end cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steeley View Post
    really nice looking .what is the end cap.
    Mother of pearl.
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