Re-handle on a CCK cleaver

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  1. Nov 8, 2019 #1

    stephen129

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    Has anyone re-handled a CCK or has seen examples of it being done?

    I have the 1303 kuro finished small cleaver. It doesn't get much love. I might use it more if it had a nice new handle.
     
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    Are you planning on re-handling it yourself?
    If you can share some photos of the current condition / type of the handle, it will probably help
     
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    Most definitely not haha. I'd want someone who knows what they're doing. I'm just intrigued to see if someone has done it first and what it looks like.
     
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    This isn't a cck, but similar. The kurouchi was damaged so I evened it out. The handle is spalted Sycamore.

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    Gotcha, there is a hand full of handle makers on this forum, I am sure you will find someone that suits you.
    Depends on your handle type, we can suggest you to different makers.
     
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    I have done it. It’s really easy actually, you can do it with minimal tools if you have a handle ready.
     
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    It is different though. The CCK has a rang thst goes all the way through and has been bent into a little "pig tail" on the outside. You can't just easily remove a CCK handle without removing part of the tang.

    I looked at rehandling my cck before and gave up. Nobody wanted to do it.
     
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    The tang is soft, so you just bend it out straight and the handle comes off. It's a pretty easy handle to make if you can drill it through and run it on a lathe.
     
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    yes, the pigs tail can be removed with a file, dremel, hacksaw or belt sander. Compared to removing an epoxyed handle, I would take the pigtail any time.
     
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    EFDD3BCB-7CC6-49B2-925A-EA48D9838F9D.jpeg C474DC72-6682-4CFA-B21F-2BA42F287D0F.jpeg 38E785F2-2794-4C91-949B-B573A6C89961.jpeg I Rehandled mine. Pretty easy project. Crushed the old handle with a hammer. Spun a new handle on the lathe, drilled a pilot hole for the handle and used some wood files to shape it. Sanded and finished the wood, I used ironwood and epoxied it. Very enjoyable and I like it much better than the stock handle.
     
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    I have always been impressed by your work.
     
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    The handle you did for me actually gave me the bug. That handle was flawless and I had fun working with you!
     
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    Thank you for the high praise! I will take that as the ultimate compliment.
     
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    pretty easy to re handle them. grind off or straighten the pigtail and knock the old handle off, then let your imagination run.
    Here is a CCK big Rhino that I did a while ago.

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    hows that rhino? is it thin like the 1303 or is it a bone chopper?
     
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    the tip actually thins out nicely but it is definitely made to butcher whole hog.
    I believe the spine by the handle is around 5 mm. But a full distal taper. cck big rhino.png
     
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    lookin good. i have a question though. regarding all "chinese cleaver style knives" is a round handle preferred or would a drop/oval shaped be better in use?
    i'm thinking these are heavy and have lots of twisting momentum so an oval would be better for accuracy. or??
     
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    hahahahahah god fukn damn!!!! *** is that. that knife looks really mean and menacing i can tell you that.
     
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    I have purchased about 12 Chinese cleavers or so. All of the slicers I've seen have had round handles. The heavier duty bone crushers I have handled were actually Western style with scales. I haven't seen a tear drop/d shape/octagon. When I do rehandled I carve them by hand and I prefer ovals. I think an octagon would be cool. But my octo skills still need work.
     
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    I do not have the tools or practice to make my own handle. Can anyone suggest where I might be able to pick up a handle suitable for a CCK 1303?

    Thanks,
    Matt
     
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    It was for someone who wanted to turn it from a 1 handed butchers cleaver into a two handed destroyer of pigs.
    I believe his words were "can you make it Silent Hillish?" so that's what I came up with.
    I really liked the feel of the octagonal two handed handle when it was tested on some whole WOGs. Straight through like butter.
     
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