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mhenry

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I have been putting alot of taper in my handles lately. The last one I made ( Am I allowed to post a pic, its for one of my knives). It has 5mm taper on both planes from the ferrule to the end. I like the feel and also like the look of the smoother transition from the handle to tang. But I am wondering how much is too much? What do you guys like/prefer?
 

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I think I prefer a more subtle taper to the extremes (just a big block or almost a cone), but it seems that a decent bit of taper would be really useful for smaller knives.
 

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I am no wa-handle expert, but I prefer mine with a little less taper. My favorite wa only has 2mm of taper over 5.5 inches. Just a personal preference.
 

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I have been putting alot of taper in my handles lately. The last one I made ( Am I allowed to post a pic, its for one of my knives). It has 5mm taper on both planes from the ferrule to the end. I like the feel and also like the look of the smoother transition from the handle to tang. But I am wondering how much is too much? What do you guys like/prefer?
5mm is too much on X plane.
 

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i don't like a lot of taper. my favorite wa handle, which is one of Stefan Keller's, has the following measurements:

ferrule:

top to bottom 24mm

side to side 22.5 mm

bottom of handle:

top to bottom 26mm

side to side 23.5 mm

146mm in length

not much taper. that's on a Shigefusa 240 gyuto. feels perfect.
 

mhenry

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Here's a pic of the kulprit handle it actually has 4.6mm taper. Top/bottom view

IMG_0754.jpg
 

apicius9

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Looks long. I think it comes down to personal taste. I prefer a bit less taper myself. I also recently made a few where there is very little taper over the handle length but then a few mm taper on the sides just on the ferrule. That also makes for a nice transition to the blade and feels good. I think Andy had made his handles like that years ago.

Stefan
 

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Just wondring, is this for aesthetic reasons or ergonomic?
Ergonomic. I listed a range, as handles vary from a knife to a knife - I make a handle to fit a knife, so you take in account weight of the knife, height, thickness, length, height of the machi, etc to have good feel and balance.
 
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