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Dave Martell

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Here's another Hiromoto AS that's just been through the spa treatment except this one had some additional work done to it. :cool:

This knife belongs to an old friend from back in the KF days. It's always both nice and a bit stressing to work on a friend's knife because my expectations go even higher than they should and I almost never meet them but in this case I exceeded what I hoped to accomplish so I'm actually happy for once...LOL

The knife came to me as a metal bolstered western configuration that I was tasked to convert to a bolster-less octagonal wa configuration so I ground off the old handle and metal bolster and made a new handle for it. Then choil was re-shaped for comfort.

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The wood was supplied by the customer, it's desert ironwood with sap wood. He asked me to include as much sapwood as possible and I worked to do this as best as I could. He wanted a metal spacer stack so I put together an 11 piece stack consisting of copper, nickel silver, and G10 spacers. I really love this handle a lot, it's one of my favorites that I've done.

I hope you like it as much Jay! :)



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Gorgeous, Dave! I imagine it was a huge work, but the result makes it certainly worth of it.
 

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This knife came to me well used. The owner wanted to pay it back by cleaning up the blade of all scratches/scuffs, thinning it for performance, etching it for beauty, and having a custom handle made out of desert ironwood burl. I think he might not recognize it as the knife he sent in. ;)

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Does this one have a more pronounced distal taper than others? Just from looking at the bevel's width.
 
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