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Hi,

A friend and I have been 3D printing wa handles for a little bit.
It's a cost-effective, beginner friendly, and sleek option that looks good on a wide variety of knives.

One primary benefit (in addition to cost and looks) for 3D printed handles is that I can make the slot exactly to the specifications of the knife, so don't need any tools or skillz at all to fit the handle. Just some hot glue gun in the slot, heat up your tang, and it’s good to go - no drilling/sanding/filing needed to replace the handle.

Another plus point is that I can spec the dimensions and weight to what would be ideal for the user. The handles do run a little heavier than ho wood, which is great if you're like me and like more balanced knives (perfectly balanced, as all things should be).

Materials will be black PLA and polyurethane sealant - both of which are FDA food safe.

Sayas are printed in a single piece and are strong and rigid. They can be made into friction fit (with splines) or with pin.

PS: It's not slippery

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Couple of questions; I assume you need tang measurements in order to make the slot fit it, how much precision do you need? Many tangs are not rectangular. For saya, especially friction fit what measurements are required? Great idea to 3D print them I’ve been wondering when people will start doing this, seems like a perfect application for something like this. How much heavier is it vs Ho wood by the way, just to have some reference point.
 

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Couple of questions; I assume you need tang measurements in order to make the slot fit it, how much precision do you need? Many tangs are not rectangular. For saya, especially friction fit what measurements are required? Great idea to 3D print them I’ve been wondering when people will start doing this, seems like a perfect application for something like this. How much heavier is it vs Ho wood by the way, just to have some reference point.
Basically I design things a bit bigger (1 - 2mm) than what the client measures at the widest parts for both handle and saya.

This has worked well for a few folks, like @M1k3

Regarding handle weight, I can control how solid and therefore how heavy the handle is. With a 130mm handle I put on my old nakiri, I could probably get it to 90g maximum, maybe around 30g minimum. The most recent one I made was 145mm and 50g. I had mine at 55g and 70g and both were pleasant. The density gives good, solid feedback.

I don't want to give too much away since it took a bit of thinking and I would prefer my idea not get poached, but I'd love to discuss this further in PMs if you're curious (plis don't steal my idea guys).
 
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Couple of questions; I assume you need tang measurements in order to make the slot fit it, how much precision do you need? Many tangs are not rectangular. For saya, especially friction fit what measurements are required? Great idea to 3D print them I’ve been wondering when people will start doing this, seems like a perfect application for something like this. How much heavier is it vs Ho wood by the way, just to have some reference point.
I measured what I could get of the tang without removing the handle. He made it ever so slightly oversized of my dimensions. In the end the handle slipped on with very little play. Held up fine in the kitchen with only beeswax holding it in place. I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not when I first installed it. Which I ended up liking!
 
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Great, so even measuring without removing the handle might work if there is no machi. The hole must be deep enough to accommodate most tangs. Very cool.
 

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Great, so even measuring without removing the handle might work if there is no machi. The hole must be deep enough to accommodate most tangs. Very cool.
For @M1k3, his 140mm handle has a 117.5mm slot depth that was around 5mm x 15mm, and I could have theoretically extended that to at least 130mm depth, 10mm width, and 15mm height without compromising structural integrity.

Everything is custom - from overall handle length x width x height, tang slot L x W x H, and weight, so there's nothing that can't be accommodated.
 

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This is a really good idea. Having well fitting sayas for that price is awesome, not to mention if some crud gets in there you could just blast it with dish machine sprayer and let it dry. No need to worry about wood getting wet
 

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Will it melt if you try to remove it by placing in a warm oven (to soften the hot glue)?
I'd recommend immersing boiling water at 100 C/212 F; the melting point for the filament is around 185 C/360 F.

While I've never tried the oven method (with 3D printed stuff or otherwise), I'd probably stick with the hot water as I wouldn't want to risk getting filament all over my oven.
 

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I have used it it to prototype handle shapes, works great. I didn’t get much interest when I offered it for rehandles.
 

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Please, please, please make a phallic one for @ian ’s Dalman!!! (Just make sure it will fit in that box)
It’s ok, you can just send it to me in an additional separate kiri box. I may want to store the handle on its own in my bedroom.

Can you please put some ridges on it? I really like my handles to be grippy.
 
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I'd recommend immersing boiling water at 100 C/212 F; the melting point for the filament is around 185 C/360 F.

While I've never tried the oven method (with 3D printed stuff or otherwise), I'd probably stick with the hot water as I wouldn't want to risk getting filament all over my oven.
I was going to ask you about this today. Glad I didn't just stick it in the oven! I'll just heat the tang.
 
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