DPham Handles

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  1. Feb 24, 2020 #1

    SilverSwarfer

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    Pham does some great work, from what I have seen. Never “handled” one myself, but his work is objectively impressive.

    Some of his handles don’t strike my fancy. Others are subjectively incredible!

    Has anyone ever removed a DPham handle? I would like to know what he uses to secure the handle to the knife.

    Surely not epoxy... right??
     
  2. Feb 24, 2020 #2

    McMan

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    Ask him? He’s on the forum (or at least used to be.). I forget his user name, so you’d have to dig that up. Active on IG too.
     
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    hit him up on IG he sold me a knife for a friend and was more than willing to answer all my questions about his handles
     
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    Why would you assume not epoxy? I would assume the opposite.
     
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    He uses epoxy
     
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    Lots of Epoxy and, iirc, he is not a dremel person. In my limited experience, handles must be broken off, though I would try the classical techniques of heat, boiling water, etc.
     
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    He uses epoxy, I’ve had a few and he did a good job. I’m sure he can uses beeswax or whatever you prefer though if your not wanting epoxy.
     
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    Thanks all for your answers! Maybe this will help somebody else some day...
     
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    Many of his handles are really beautiful, though I personally prefer when the width of the handle is similar or close to the width of the tang.
     
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    Definitely uses epoxy. I have a few of his handles.
     
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    This is not always possible with many knives having tangs that are very narrow.
     
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    I gotta say from a makers POV:
    Going from epoxy directly to beeswax installations doesn't always translate so well. There's a different underlying construction between the two - mainly because wax needs compression from the handle to work, while epoxy does not.
    Epoxy can be used to solve problems in a way that wouldn't fly with beeswax installs, which might be why there are so few Western makers using wax.

    Back in the day I messed up a few wax-based handles while learning the in's and out's... I was getting a lot of tips on handle installations from other makers, and in retrospect a lot of that advice only works if you epoxy the tang. Now that I understand the difference between them, there's a really clear distinction which you can spot even when makers are only a few steps into making the handle from the raw materials... way before it gets to the installation stage.
    Switching to beeswax could really mess with a makers established methods and workflow, something that can be a pain to re-learn.
     
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