Discussion in 'JapaneseKnifeSharpening / Dave Martell Knives' started by Dave Martell, Apr 18, 2013.
Man that one came out badass :goodpost: :doublethumbsup:
After seeing all these stunning transformations I feel that my old Hiromoto AS deserves a full spa. I'm looking at the mail order form and can't figure out what to choose.
Should I just mail the knife and pay the Paypal invoice afterwards?
I'll shoot you a PM
We've got another Hiromoto AS gyuto back from it's trip through the full spa treatment! vg:
It's blade has been thinned, spine/choil rounded, & etched for effect. The handle has been converted from full tang western to hidden tang hybrid wa. The wood used is Ipe burl.
This knife gave me fits! From the wood (Ipe - never again!) to the etching, nothing went easy. In fact this Hiromoto took more than twice the amount of labor than the next worse one ever done. I can't say that I'm happy with the wood, its just not really that nice, but the blade finish I ended up with is the finest I've ever done on one of these knives. The scratch pattern is tight (running horizontal), is bright, and slick as snot....what else could you want?
I hope that the owner has more fun using it than I did working on it! LOL Still I'm grateful for the work and the experience, I learned a new trick or two on this one.
What do you guys think?
Wow that is gorgeous :bigeek:
It might have caused some troubles -- it's clearly worth it.
That’s just gorgeous Dave. That Western to Wa conversion makes the knife look real special!! Great job!!
Your photography and lighting skills have improved too!
The blade finish is stunning, man...
I think you do amazing work!
Thanks folks, you're too kind.
I've got another Hiromoto AS freshly finished up from it's full spa treatment....
The handle wood is AZ Ironwood. This block is kind of unique from what I usually see. It gave off this really bright yellow dust that was so super fine it floated everywhere. The actual color of the wood is really orange though, with some gold. It worked very nicely and was easy to finish. Not a single hole/crack/anything to fill - the black dot seen on the top is 100% natural.
The pins used are all copper but the center pin is a mosaic with nickel silver inner pins.
I used my new technique to finish the blade and I like it a lot. It's a bit more labor intensive but the results are better than I had been doing so I guess I'll keep doing it this way.
What do you think?
Looks great Dave! That's some of the nicer AZ Ironwood I've seen. Makes me want a HiroMartell special now
Dude can I like come work for you for free and learn how to do some of this stuff? :begging: Come on, free labor!
Dave, you are an artist. You make the wood the star in this. Fantastic!
It's stunning. Nice work.
Thank you fellas!
Does AS mean Aogami Super?
Here's a Hiromoto AS gyuto that's been just run through the full spa treatment.
The core steel on this one was greatly off center and the cladding really hard in comparison to others and also unevenly ground making for a challenge to both thin and finish nicely. I think it came out OK in the end even, if not exactly as how I'd have wished it.
And who doesn't like ironwood?
Maybe the last we'll see go through this process, who knows....
What a handle, Dave!!!
I know this knife threw you some curveballs. I really appreciate your stick to it Dave, I couldn’t be happier. The knife looks bad ass! I’ll let you know how she does when she arrives home. Thanks again, I enjoyed working with you!
Dave both of those Ironwood handles are stunning. Like the crazy wild clad line on last blade
Apart from the splendid handle, especially the left face core pattern looks fantastic. Was the the cladding on the right one much fatter?
Wow great fit and finish. I need to sell some things and make room for one.
The knife arrived back here at the house today. I gotta tell you that the pictures are nice but in person the knife Just pops!. I looked it over and felt along the tang, the fit and finish is perfect, no gaps, no uneven surfaces, it’s beautiful. The core steel being off center never bothered me, to me it just adds character. The etch job and newly sharpened edge are 5 stars all the way, that bevel is consistent from heel to tip. I’ve done a few custom knife projects this year and this is one of my favorites. I know the knife wasn’t the easiest and I appreciate your extra efforts to do what you did, I hope you know it didn’t go unnoticed. Im really satisfied with this project! Thanks again for a job well done.
For me, this is what makes it all worth it!
Thank you so much for the work.
You got yourself an awesome knife.
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