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    All my handles are tapered back to front on all four sides, plus a taper at the ferrule.

    I have used horn up to this point, however, blackwood polishes to just a notch below horn, and if a handle is made of natural woods, the movement of blackwood is comparable to the wood the handle is made of, while horn moves at a different rate.

    I will add that this design has grown on me substantially. I have three more handles in works, so hopefully pics of these will do the handle a better justice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr drinky View Post
    mmmmhhhh, pork fat.

    I love my Marko D handle. Nice work Marko.

    k.
    I agree with mr drinky. Marko's D handle is extremely comfortable and controllable. Aesthetically though, I lean towards the use of a spacer as it provides what I think is a nice contrast between handle and ferrule. The use of an end cap would busy that up a bit, but if the proportion between the spacer and the end cap works I think the use of a spacer still makes aesthetic sense. Either way, Marko's handles are top notch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uptothehilt View Post
    I agree with mr drinky. Marko's D handle is extremely comfortable and controllable. Aesthetically though, I lean towards the use of a spacer as it provides what I think is a nice contrast between handle and ferrule. The use of an end cap would busy that up a bit
    this is so my opinion. me too, i am afraid that this additional end cap is just too much. so, my dream handle from marko would have a spacer, black horn ferrule, but no endcap.

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    +1. I like what you've done but something in me still prefers the more classic look.

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    Stick with the classic look if you want to be like everyone else. Personally I love the look. It makes a statement. " I'm better than the rest".
    Plus it really anchors the balance point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty dog View Post
    Stick with the classic look if you want to be like everyone else. Personally I love the look. It makes a statement. " I'm better than the rest".
    Plus it really anchors the balance point.
    I am glad you liked the new look. I think in terms of elegance, the new look is at least as good as old, the metal on metal makes a cleaner connection (besides improving balance), and adding a spacer is an option.

    I won't turn down a request for the classic look, but it would have to be a wood ferrule instead of horn (ebony or blackwood) and I would need to protect the end-grain of the ferrule, to assure the longevity of the handle. I have heard that stabilizing blackwood is possible, so I might be looking into it.

    I need to finish a couple more and post better pictures of the handles!

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    Marko, If mark doesn't have it, Chuck at Alpha will occasionally have some stabilized blackwood blocks. With that said, it is probably a wood that needs and benefits from stabilizing the least. It may also be the oiliest wood that you can actually stabilize.
    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    I am glad you liked the new look. I think in terms of elegance, the new look is at least as good as old, the metal on metal makes a cleaner connection (besides improving balance), and adding a spacer is an option.

    I won't turn down a request for the classic look, but it would have to be a wood ferrule instead of horn (ebony or blackwood) and I would need to protect the end-grain of the ferrule, to assure the longevity of the handle. I have heard that stabilizing blackwood is possible, so I might be looking into it.

    I need to finish a couple more and post better pictures of the handles!

    M

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    Anything that could reduce the movement of blackwood or ebony would be of a benefit when you use a metal spacer or a tip. I have heard K&G can do stabilizing, so I am going to send them some shortly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    ...need to protect the end-grain of the ferrule...
    I do find that blackwood tends to be kind of brittle. If the ferrule has to be blackwood, I'd definitely opt for the metal cap.

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    I had some snakewood and blackwood that was stabilized by K&G. Short-term I did not really see much of a difference, maybe that is something that will have benefits over time, not sure.

    Stefan

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