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Thread: noob wa handle question

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    Senior Member tgraypots's Avatar
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    Apr 2011

    noob wa handle question

    Having more time than money these days, I want to replace a wa handle myself, and am wondering whether the ferrule, like buffalo horn atop ho wood, serves a purpose? Is it there just because it looks neat, or does it keep the wood from splitting? If the latter, does the handle have to fit inside the ferrule?

    Tom Gray, Seagrove, NC

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    Feb 2011
    On traditional Japanese knives the ferrule is just a ring of horn around the top of the handle and is there to prevent the wood from splitting. The tang is inserted into the wood.

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