A request for some help

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Weird Wood Pusher
Jun 13, 2011
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In the short time I have been here I have learned a lot.
But, the more I learn, the more I see there is left to learn.

Here is where I need some help.
Japanese Handles and Sayas.
All I know so far is what I have seen from photos.
I have been told 1&1/2" square by 6" long pieces will work for most of the octagon shaped handles.

What I was hoping for was to find out about the different Japanese handles. Photos, dimensions, diagrams and how the best ones are constructed.

I don't want to become a handle maker (not enough time),
But I figured if I made a few correctly I would be better able to fully understand what is needed by the handle makers.

Same thing with the Sayas.
I would assume the Sayas would use a softer, non stabilized wood to avoid scratching the blade?

Thank You in advance for any help, advice and instruction.