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!
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?
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.
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.
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.