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Discussion in 'JapaneseKnifeSharpening / Dave Martell Knives' started by Dave Martell, Mar 3, 2011.
OMG those three are stunners! The suji is my favourite by a hair but damn they all look amazing!
there are quite a few Norfolk pines all over Oahu can't speak for the other islands though, the story I've always been told is that Ozzie brought them back in the day for mast production on there boats.
That's what I heard. I got all my spalted pine from Hawaii's Big Island. Norfolk pine is more colorful when it spalts than Cook pine, but both are very nice. Of course, for knife handles they should be stabilized like any other spalted wood. However, bowls turned from untreated, heavily spalted Norfolk pine are among the nicest things you can do with wood.
See here: https://www.google.com/search?q=nor...=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8#imgrc=Oze6PkyI_k0yzM:
When you turn them thin enough, the wood becomes translucent and spectacular with a back light. I wish I had the talent for that... The supplier I got my wood from in the past said these pines need about two years in very specific conditions to develop the spalting, and it is hit & miss reg. how intense or colorful the spalting will be - thin line between colorful spalting and rotting away.
Here's a Ryusen 110mm pairing/petty knife with a new handle made out of green dyed box elder burl.
The knife came with a really extra tiny little handle that I felt would have been hard to hold onto and keep from rolling in the hand. The tang was only a partial so instead of going hokey I went with a hidden tang conversion. I then swelled the body of the new handle out a bit to alleviate this small handle issue some. I played around with the feel until I felt it to be comfortable where the bolster is pinched and the handle disappears in the hand. It's still a small handle but it feels less so now.
The customer wanted a crazy green burl and I think this fills that requirement. :wink:
He's been waiting on this since October '16 (rehandle coupon) - I hope he's happy after all this time.
I love it Dave!
That's all that counts.
Awesome work Dave. If you don't mind saying how was the Ryusen to rehandle?
No major issues with the tang? I have one at home I am tempted to try rehandling at some point.
"The customer wanted a crazy green burl... "
Brief fulfilled - in spades! Beautiful work Dave. :2thumbsup:
The tang is only a partial so your choices are to either cut a slot into a block the same size as the tang, use scales with a spacer on the bottom side of the tang to fill the gap, or to grind the tang down to hidden style.
The bolster is very thin walled and unevenly ground on the back side so keep that in mind.
Thanks for the kind words guys.
Looks great Dave!
I just finished this job up, and what a job it was. I was tasked to fix any wrongs with the blades which meant hand sanding many of them, then sharpen, and finally to rehandle them all!
The handles were to match, the configuration selected by the customer. He went with exhibition grade koa and black buffalo horn with no spacers, classy.
The koa was a chore to acquire in this premium level and quantity but in the end we got it all from one single slab & had it stabilized.. The customer spared no expense on the wood and trust me it shows. :doublethumbsup:
I was asked to make handles that fit the knives, no broomsticks allowed. Each handle was cut, drilled, and shaped specifically to each individual knife. A slower process than doing batch work but again the results say it was worth it. These handles actually came out so nice that I'm surprised that I did them.
The customer's got himself quite a collection, doesn't he? I hope that his new handles suit him well and thank him for the opportunity to work on such a large project. :thumbsup:
those knives look great, handles came out very classy
Well now I know where all the great Koa went. Those look great Dave!
What are the knives?
Love the way you handle Koa!
The bulk of these knives are Watanabe, with a couple of Gesshin Ginga, and a couple of unknowns.
Now that is a set if blades
Now that's a project! Great work Dave. Wish I could ask you to do something like that one day.
Here's a 240mm Hiromoto Honyaki that I just finished up working on.
The blade was initially pretty rough finished. I started by re-sanding and polishing to a "high satin" similar to what I do to my own knives. As you turn the blade in the light you can see the hamon now. I also rounded the spine and choil for comfort.
A conversion from full tang to hidden tang was done and then an AZ Ironwood block installed in place of the pakkawood scales. A couple of spacers were added between the bolster and wood for accent as well as a copper/nickel silver mosaic pin installed.
The ironwood is some of the very best I've worked with, and oddly it's some of the least expensive! I'm not complaining mind you. The handle has been treated with 12 coats of my varnish finish.
This knife is headed off to OZ, and hopefully, to a happy new customer.
I Hope your customer is unhappy with the result. Please let me know in that case!
Dave, fantastic! Just WOW!!!
Hahahaha Manuel! Thanks
Here we have a brand new Watanabe (suminagashi?) suji with a handle made out of ancient bog oak (carbon dated at 3400 yrs old!) paired with streaked blond buffalo horn. A simple handle, looks very similar to a Japanese ebony handle, a clean design by the knife's owner.
The bog oak is some of the oddest wood I've worked with. This particular block was VERY hard - like a rock, it was like shaping glass! It's strange to be wet sanding at 2500x and feeling grit (like little pieces of sand - minerals?) falling out of the block and rolling around under the wood. :bigeek: Very little scratching happened though - again - odd. I believe what you see in the pictures as little shiny flecks are these minerals in the wood.
I took the liberty to fill the heavy open grain with drying oil prior to finish sanding and applying the finishing coats but the handle had a glass like surface before I even put any oil on it, I just made it more even.
Picture taking of this handle proved to be the biggest challenge of all, see for yourself... :dontknow:
Bog oak... :viking: Now we are getting closer! :doublethumbsup: What a beauty!
Really liking that Hiromoto honyaki.
Frickin beautiful, Dave, the blond streaked horn really adds that "icing" on the cake!
I know that's a pretty nice knife.
All the credit goes to the owner on that.
Here's a Hiromoto honyaki gyuto that's been thinned & polished wearing a new handle made from ironwood burl...
Very nice, I like especially the warm tones of the burl.
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