Apparently I can make a wa handle now.

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  1. Aug 15, 2016 #1

    ThEoRy

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    Took a shot at it and this was the result of my first attempt.

    The materials used were buffalo horn for the ferrule and end cap, nickle silver spacers and dyed Oregon maple burl from burl source.



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    And here it is mounted on my Tanaka R2 pm 210mm wa gyuto.

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    And here it is with my Tanaka 300mm damascus yanagiba with Stephan Keller handle.

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    So that's it, my first attempt at a wa handle. Questions and comments are welcome and thanks for viewing.
     
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  2. Aug 15, 2016 #2

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    Nice work!
     
  3. Aug 15, 2016 #3

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    Looks nice Rick! Before I scrolled down to the Yanagi I was gonna say it reminded me of that one too.

    Also just noticed that it's described as 30mm Yanagi (not 300mm or 30cm)
     
  4. Aug 15, 2016 #4

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    Nice job, the handle looks great! I also find it impressive that your Tanaka has not turned into a suji by now...that R2 must be some awesome steel.
     
  5. Aug 15, 2016 #5

    ThEoRy

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    Yeah, I meant 300mm. Stupid keyboard!
     
  6. Aug 15, 2016 #6

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    Awesome. What epoxy did you mount it with? Pic?
     
  7. Aug 15, 2016 #7
    Thats a lot of eyes watching you use the Tanaka.

    Looks good.

    And I just grew the Yani for you. No charge.
     
  8. Aug 15, 2016 #8

    ThEoRy

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    I used devcon 2 ton 30 minute epoxy for the handle glue up. Then to mount it I used the same stuff but I dyed it black.
     
  9. Aug 15, 2016 #9

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    Yeah, you sure can!

    Nice job. Orders to follow ;)
     
  10. Aug 15, 2016 #10

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    Wow. Super nice, especially for a first attempt - if you didn't say, I don't think you could tell.

    What did you use to dye the epoxy black? The purpose made dyes or something like carbon black?
     
  11. Aug 15, 2016 #11

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    Great job! Taking any orders? ;)
     
  12. Aug 15, 2016 #12

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    Was this your first try? Damb! Ya, it seems like you got this nailed! Great work!
     
  13. Aug 15, 2016 #13

    ThEoRy

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    The dye I used is called "castin' craft color pigment concentrate" it also says "for coloring polyester and epoxy resins" I have black, white and red.
     
  14. Aug 15, 2016 #14

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    Rick,
    Did you keep track of your hours? I'm guessing first time=4 hours minimium:biggrin:
     
  15. Aug 15, 2016 #15

    ThEoRy

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    No I lost track of time though I believe it was more than that.
     
  16. Aug 15, 2016 #16

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    I can believe that, it looks amazing. You were bold to start with such nice wood, and 2 metal spacers. Your sides are a bit longer that Keller's - was that intentional?

    When I think about making a handle my first thought is no metal followed by a cheaper piece of wood.
     
  17. Aug 15, 2016 #17

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    Looks really nice Rick.
     
  18. Aug 16, 2016 #18

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    You made that looks easy....and I know it's not. Great work Rick!
     
  19. Aug 16, 2016 #19

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    sandwich handle!
     
  20. Aug 19, 2016 #20

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    And now for my next number.

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    Sized up.
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    Sanded.
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    Mounted upon my wife's 165mm R2 Tanaka Santoku.
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    You've got the shining.
     
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    Nice Rick. You got this!
     
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    One could have viewed your first handle as beginner's luck. Now with your second you've blown that out of the water. Stunning work! Hard to believe you're new to this.

    If you are taking orders, I'm in the queue.
     
  24. Aug 19, 2016 #24

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    Thanks guys. I've got one more in the works for the next week or so.
     
  25. Aug 19, 2016 #25

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    Very impressive! Respect!
     
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    Stunning work!
     
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    Nice work! Really churning them out too.
     
  28. Aug 22, 2016 #28

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    Ebony and elforyn. Mounted on my Konosuke HD 240mm wa gyuto.

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  29. Aug 23, 2016 #29

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    Good grief, another few days go by and Rick cranks out another outstanding handle. It gives me hope for the wood blocks I have been collecting;).
     
  30. Aug 23, 2016 #30

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    Where did you get the elfish material from? The Shire?
     

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