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You definitely still get down.
 

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I think I've made a few hundred now.

Latest project; 270 suji wearing toasted maple, linen micarta and ctek spacers.IMG_20170906_094410_266.jpg
 

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Another from my favorite maker.
210 Tanaka ginsan gyuto.
Saya with flamed rock maple, black walnut spacer, black dyed maple and carbon fiber pin.

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I love it... Great contrast between the dyed handle and the saya.
 

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Thanks guys!
This is a solution I came up with for a small parer that had a full bolster. I ran the zebrawood to match the grain direction of the olivewood handle.IMG_20171009_170447_117.jpg
 

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A 12+" vintage carbon chef. Reprofiled, thinned, etched and wa converted. Left some of the deeper scratches for character.

Rosewood with glow spacer. Had this handle sitting around...

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This little stainless clad kurouchi white #2 is a beast! Thoroughly impressed.

Cocobolo, g10, dyed maple, linen micarta

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First is a Moritaka petty sporting a curly maple, g10 and burlap handle. The saya is made of curly maple with a handmade dyed curly maple and carbon fiber pin.

Second is a Kato Suminigashi sporting an aromatic red cedar saya with handmade flame acrylic and carbon fiber pin.
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Always good stuff in this thread. Thanks for sharing!
 

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Thanks guys!
This is a solution I came up with for a small parer that had a full bolster. I ran the zebrawood to match the grain direction of the olivewood handle.View attachment 37118

I am really impressed by all your work and also by your way of using cord to keep the knife in place.
Is there any technique to make this? Or just utilising a double hole in the saya to pass through the cord? If this is a trade secret, i ofc respect that!

Edit: i think i figured it out. Thank you for the inspiration!
 

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This thing was the epitome of PITA! It came with a cracked walnut handle. No worries, it was getting replaced anyways. Well the tang is extremely thick, and to top it off, it was bent and warped like a cork screw. No wonder the original handle cracked, right?

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So, its sporting roasted curly maple, blue g10, blue maple burl and buffalo horn. The saya is Carolina gum with matching maple burl pin.

The Kohetsu is a great value for a stainless clad carbon, but I probably wont be rehandling one again anytime soon.
 

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Really good looking handle and saya, the material choices contrast each other nicely. :doublethumbsup:

Did you end up grinding down the irregular tang?
 

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I did not. I also didn't want to try and bend it either. I made the tang slot straight, and before glue up, I had it all clamped together, and switched from burning to filing until it slid in smooth. I actually had a failure with the original handle body, which was olive wood. I had to start over with the maple.
 

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In hind sight, the olive is temperamental and prone to micro cracks; probably not the best choice for the overworking required for this handle. Well, I have another 18" of it...will be going on a shelf for another year or two.
 

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This is what I do when I have no real projects going in the shop...

A $1 thrift store find. I ground a k-tip, and a wa conversion.

The handle is a recycled octagon ho with horn ferrule. The saya is crosscut (offcut) walnut, with a handmade pin I had laying around. Kept me busy for a few hours.
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We have a Masakage Mizu petty sporting walnut, micarta and dyed curly maple

A Goko nashiji nakiri with a stock walnut handle

Both fitted with matching walnut sayas and handmade dyed curly maple pins.

I use carbon fiber for the pins because, unlike brass or copper, it's not slippery smooth, which helps it stay tight.

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I love walnut, great looking work! That blue curly maple really pops. :doublethumbsup:
 

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Alright, without divulging too much, this is a recipe done just for me. It's nashiji, kurouchi, stainless clad blue steel. I ground the profile (wip...), the final grind and etch.

The handle is maple burl, my favorite roasted maple, jade g10.

Saya is hickory with matching maple burl pin.

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