Handles: What's Your Favorite Wood?

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Because they're light enough while not being overly light? Chestnut that is.
I like forward balanced knives because it feels like the knife is chopping with its own weight, so I like light handles. The dense wood handles usually screw the balance too much. And ho and chestnut are grippy while dense wood could be slippery especially when they are polished. Being slippery might not be a problem until you have oil/fat or blood from fresh meat on your hand.
Yeah, too light for my taste and I dont really like the texture on on burned chestnut but that’s just me. Ho is very plain Jane and too light for my taste. Since I like handle heavy and Yo Handle make sense that I like heavy and dense wood for my selection. For Slippery, I know some Ebony could be really smooth and slippery (Gaboon Ebony) but my Hinoura is one the best handle that I have and not to slippery (Makassar Ebony)
 

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Yeah, too light for my taste and I dont really like the texture on on burned chestnut but that’s just me. Ho is very plain Jane and too light for my taste. Since I like handle heavy and Yo Handle make sense that I like heavy and dense wood for my selection. For Slippery, I know some Ebony could be really smooth and slippery (Gaboon Ebony) but my Hinoura is one the best handle that I have and not to slippery (Makassar Ebony)
Make sense if you like handle heavy and plus those dense woods look good. I also have some dense wood handles that I really like.
 

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Here's a handle switch I needed to do.
Reasons—I'm a lefty, and din't like righty d-handles; wanted a special handle for a special knife; the stock ho handle felt a little clunky to me.
Handle materials for new one—koa, reindeer horn.
Handle maker: Graydon Decollibus

Koa is gorgeous, dig the smaller handle dimensions and denser wood.

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Burnt Chestnut is my number 1 for sure. I also really like the Walnut, Ichii, Ho and Enju.
 

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Here's a handle switch I needed to do.
Reasons—I'm a lefty, and din't like righty d-handles; wanted a special handle for a special knife; the stock ho handle felt a little clunky to me.
Handle materials for new one—koa, reindeer horn.
Handle maker: Graydon Decollibus

Koa is gorgeous, dig the smaller handle dimensions and denser wood.

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I love this one! Hope you'll not get offended that I'll have something similar with tassie Blackwood...
 

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Ringed Gidgee with sapwood is also very nice...
 

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I love this one! Hope you'll not get offended that I'll have something similar with tassie Blackwood...
Do it! Tas blackwood a close relative to koa. I went with a short reindeer ferrule and thin back spacer to try to echo the koa pattern.
 

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I am a sucker for figured burl or spalted woods, just love something with character that is not over the top obnoxious.

For stock handles, burnt chestnut hands down. I dislike ho handles....magnolia is somewhere in the middle.
 

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Walnut is a pretty perfect handle material imo, Arizona Ironwood if its supposed to be a denser material, 👌
 

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My main thing is grip when wet/greasy.

Ho octagon for grip, classic is classic for a reason.
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Octagon chestnut from Carbon is great too, as is Mazaki for grip.
For comfort in a controlled environment, sculpted western, a la Mac.

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Ziricote from the 9.nine has pleasantly surprised me.
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I am a sucker for figured burl or spalted woods, just love something with character that is not over the top obnoxious.

For stock handles, burnt chestnut hands down. I dislike ho handles....magnolia is somewhere in the middle.
Ho and Magnolia are the same thing, just so you know.
 

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I always viewed magnolia as more refined than other ho wood. Just my experience
 

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