Discussion in 'JapaneseKnifeSharpening / Dave Martell Knives' started by Dave Martell, Mar 3, 2011.
Here's a Shun bread knife, sold through Williams Sonoma, that's been modified a bit.
It was supposed to have had a simple handle upgrade by changing out the plastic for a burled wood but that all went south during the execution. Small poorly ground hollow bolster and soft wood forced my hand to poor craftsmanship so that coarse of action was scrapped. In it's place we went with grinding off the bolster and going for an octagonal wa design.
The customer requested African Blackwood, black buffalo horn, white bone, and a mosaic pin as the components....he got them all.
I hope you like it John!
Alright, this is kind of scary. I was just thinking/dreaming of a rehandled bread knife....not even sure why.
Nice, Dave -- very classy-looking Shun.
Glad to see some rehandle work pics.
Very nice. That’s so clean looking.
ABW against black horn is very subtle, very bling but still understated handle. Nice job!
A 3-pack of Watanabe knives in for rehandling!
WOW!!! Quit the trio.
The owner of the watanabe trio must be with the police
It's possible since Watanabe owners are bad people.
Here they are all finished up....
besides all of the carters I've sold, i miss the watanabes a lot too....they r great knives...ryan
Here we have a 240 mm Sukenari ZDP189 damascus clad gyuto with a brand new handle made out of desert ironwood and an 11 spacer stack of copper, nickel silver, & G10 spacers.
What do you think?
I really like that spacer combo Dave, looks great with the ironwood
Awesome to hear! I'll get it shipped off to you tomorrow.
You nail it every single time with Ironwood. The shining reflections are drop-dead gorgeous!
BTW, I'll be working on koa real soon!
People night have picked up by now I have a bit of a thing for black and orange and that middle handle properly rings my bell.
Ironwood! That was my favorite of the bunch too.
A long time ago, I had Stefan make a handle for me out of a vintage piece of bakelite. It was amazing. I loved it. I left kkf thinking I'd never need another knife again ...
And then ... a month ago ... I came crawling back ... because ...
I FOUND A CRACK IN THE HANDLE!
I guess some water must have seeped in (we think between the horn and the spacer) and over time caused a problem. I sent it to Dave, begging for his help. Of course, it ended being a bit of a nightmare to fix apparently, but Dave did it! Just when I thought the handle was doomed, and the knife was never to be used again, it's now back in my hands, proudly showing off its CA "scar":
Many thanks to Dave and his excellent work. I know he was disappointed that it "wasn't perfect" - but in my mind, that's not the point. We go through all these lengths to get these knives and then use them. And over time, just like an excellent pair of raw denim, they begin to show off the wear unique to the user. It makes it beautiful. Thanks Dave, for saving the Stefan handle live to fight another day! It's not like I could easily find a Konosuke HD (1st gen) and Stefan Bakelite handle just lying around to make another of these!
(I also had him sharpen it for me - so it's basically like new!)
I'm glad to be able to have helped Terry, thanks for the work!
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