Rehandling Chinese cleavers?

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Anyone know if you can attach a typical wa handle to the ubiquitous round-handled chinese cleavers like CCK?

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I don't know what kind of tang, if any, is in there. But I know I prefer wa handles even on slicing cleavers.
 

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I haven't owned a CCK, but I have rehandled a bunch of cheap Chinese cleavers. The tang is usually a long, ragged. rat tail. Often it goes all the way through the handle and then the last bit is bent to hold the handle in place. I usually break or grind off the crooked bit. Then you can put whatever handle you want on it. However, a typical wa handle is quite a bit skinnier and longer than a typical cleaver handle. So you gotta make sure it feels comfortable and balances right.
 

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You can with a bit of modification. I’m guessing the tang runs through the handle and is bent in an L shape at the end of the handle. I rehandled my CCK and took a hammer to the stock handle. After smashing it I removed the metal ring on the front of the handle and filed off the the back of the tang. I spun a new ironwood handle on my lathe but a wa handle would fit nicely. You may need to do some file work where the blade and tang meet, clean that up a bit, square it for a wa handle to fit nicely. Pretty easy project and fun. Here’s a pic of mine.
 

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I have done a about 5 myself. @nakneker is dead on. Once you modify a tang, you can put any size handle on there. I can show you some photos of clients moritaka and CCKs if you like.
 

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Of course you can just like said above. I did both of mine, however, the normal wa handle felt weird so I made some thicker wa-ish? Handles. I'm out of town but maybe I can get the fam to pop over some pics.
 

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I have a big CCK also and have also thought about rehandling but haven't gotten around to it. I heard the handle isn't a real tight fit without the bent tang so if you just saw off the end of the handle/tang maybe everything will slide off nicely. That's probably what I'll do when I get around to it
 

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I have a big CCK also and have also thought about rehandling but haven't gotten around to it. I heard the handle isn't a real tight fit without the bent tang so if you just saw off the end of the handle/tang maybe everything will slide off nicely. That's probably what I'll do when I get around to it
I am pretty sure it’s a burn in. In my experience, and maybe it varied batch to batch, the handle didn’t slide off. It was not hard to get off, but not Super easy.
 

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I am pretty sure it’s a burn in. In my experience, and maybe it varied batch to batch, the handle didn’t slide off. It was not hard to get off, but not Super easy.
Oh I see, did you cut the end of the handle off and try to hammer it off then?
 

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You can put some color in the stock handle. Tru oil is simple. I use half Tung oil & clear shellac.

The barrel handles on the CCK work perfect with a pinch grip. If you are going to use the cleaver keep the stock handle.

If you want a wa it might feel like crap using it.
 

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You can with a bit of modification. I’m guessing the tang runs through the handle and is bent in an L shape at the end of the handle. I rehandled my CCK and took a hammer to the stock handle. After smashing it I removed the metal ring on the front of the handle and filed off the the back of the tang. I spun a new ironwood handle on my lathe but a wa handle would fit nicely. You may need to do some file work where the blade and tang meet, clean that up a bit, square it for a wa handle to fit nicely. Pretty easy project and fun. Here’s a pic of mine.
That looks nice, can you do that with mine ;).
 

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Super easy. You just need a hacksaw. Just cut where you want the tang to end. Lickity split
 

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Super easy. You just need a hacksaw. Just cut where you want the tang to end. Lickity split
I wasn't sure if the tang of the cleaver would be the right dimensions to stick into a wa handle.
 
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