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Dhoff

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Haha... I haven't done anything with banksia for a long time. Just when I was starting to make handles experimentally I found a bit on the ground; I didn't know what it was at the time, or that people actually used them, but had a play around: Wine and Wood (handles)

I should probably try again properly soon - lot's of potential I think!
A full handle would be great looking. really like the blue ferrule you made
 
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Just a couple of recent projects I have been tinkering with.....

Did a western wa for my TF Mab. The handle body is dyed and stabilized curly maple with a stainless steel spacer and horn ferule. The saya is also curly maple which was tnited with dyed resin and heat set. Wish the sun was out so you could really see the chatoyance. Curly maple is rapidly becoming one of my favorite woods!

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The Masakage Koishi got a similar shaped western wa. This one made from stabilized African mahogany with a brass face plate. The saya was cut from the same block as the handle. You can see how much darker the resin tints the wood. I used this one at work last week and had forgotten what a good cutter it was, and how well this AS held an edge.

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Birds fan, you’ve really been busy since you started making handles. Really nice work. I still haven’t made a wa handle yet, but I’ll get to it one of these days.
 
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Hah....that I have, Greg. I have a lot of knives. And once I put a handle and saya on 'em, I get too attached to sell them. When is the next Knife Anonymous meeting? "My name is Fred and I am powerless against the draw of new gyutos......Wait....Heiji western on BST?!? " Maybe I will make the next meeting...
 
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Just a couple of recent projects I have been tinkering with.....

Did a western wa for my TF Mab. The handle body is dyed and stabilized curly maple with a stainless steel spacer and horn ferule. The saya is also curly maple which was tnited with dyed resin and heat set. Wish the sun was out so you could really see the chatoyance. Curly maple is rapidly becoming one of my favorite woods!

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The Masakage Koishi got a similar shaped western wa. This one made from stabilized African mahogany with a brass face plate. The saya was cut from the same block as the handle. You can see how much darker the resin tints the wood. I used this one at work last week and had forgotten what a good cutter it was, and how well this AS held an edge.

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Your work is getting ever more sophisticated. What a wonderful job.
 

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Could you guys that are making wa handles tell me what size blank you start out with? I’m making a new mold for epoxy resin and I’m going to be experimenting with wood and epoxy layers. My current mold and my current wood layered handles that are made without a mold start out at 1”x1”x6”. That size won’t work for a wa handle or on a larger knife. Thanks. -Greg
 

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Actually....for a standard octo wa, that is exactly the size I start with.
No kidding? Wow! I have always thought that I was starting with a smaller blank than what would be needed for a wa. Using that size blank for my Japanese style oval handles they end up fairly narrow in hand. My wife really likes the size but it’s a bit thin for me. Now that I think about it, making a wa requires a lot less material removal so I guess it makes sense. Well, before I make a new mold I’ll make my first wa handle and see how that goes. Thanks for the input, it’s much appreciated.
 

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So, just realized that while I’ve participated in this thread admiring everyone’s work I’ve never actually posted any of mine. For some reason when this thread started, I thought it was only about wa handle making. Anyway, here are some of my handles that I’ve made in the last year.
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Sorry for the duplicates, I was having trouble posting with my phone.

Fixed the duplication problem and changed up some of the pictures. I should add that I also made the knives and letter openers that are also shown in some of the pictures.

The epoxy resin handles look much better in real life. If anyone is interested the spacers are 1” aluminum mini blinds turned towards and away from each other to form the pattern and placed before the epoxy is poured into the mold.
 
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So, having more time I went back and reposted the pictures to get rid of the duplicates. I had a heck of a time as they kept showing up twice. Then when I tried to delete the duplicates it would delete both of the pictures as if there was only one posted. Anyway, I know these are all similar in design, which is why I’m going to start working on wa handles and some other ideas I have floating around in my head.
 

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So, just realized that while I’ve participated in this thread admiring everyone’s work I’ve never actually posted any of mine. For some reason when this thread started, I thought it was only about wa handle making. Anyway, here are some of my handles that I’ve made in the last year. View attachment 158149View attachment 158150View attachment 158151View attachment 158152View attachment 158153View attachment 158154View attachment 158155View attachment 158156
Some beautiful work there!
 

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