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?
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.