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Blue Burl Tanaka

Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:10 pm

Well, my aunt's birthday is coming up and my uncle wanted something special. She lost her 6" chefs knife years ago and never replaced it. They also do a lot of veggies, so after talking to my uncle, we decided on a Tanaka Blue #2 nakiri and a 6" chefs knife from one of Jantz kits with the VG-10 core damascus blade. I had gotten some stabilized blue Box Elder, Maple and Buckeye Burl in and she really liked the Box Elder Blue Burls, so I went with that. I used a Mosaic pin with copper on both and did a simple handle using only the burl, no spacers, no ferrules, etc.

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Jantz VG-10 Damascus 6" Chefs:
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Tanaka Blue #2 Kurouchi Nakiri:
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Re: Blue Burl Tanaka

Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:38 pm

Absolutely gorgeous. Do you do re-handles professionally?

Re: Blue Burl Tanaka

Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:06 am

I really like the way the petty came out in particular.

Re: Blue Burl Tanaka

Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:16 am

Yeah, the petty feels really nice in the hand! The Wa style handle is still a bit blocky, gotta work on trimming it down and rounding it out a bit more into more of an oval shape. It's more like a rounded rectangle now. It's a slower working one because the eyes like to pop out if you go too aggressively with the sanding belts or files.

Re: Blue Burl Tanaka

Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:47 am

TAZ <>. I agree, in that, I really like how the petty came out. Design looks like a really smooth transition.

Re: Blue Burl Tanaka

Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:56 am

I tried to kinda go with the damascus pattern in front of the handle, but it was a bit sharp, so I brought it back a tad. Still gotta do some clean up and smoothing, I need to taper the front of the petty a tad more. On the Nakiri, I've been fondling it tonight and I am going to make some more adjustments to it. Take down the top of the handle a tad and round it out a bit more. I will get some pics when these are fully finished, but these pics show the wood nicely!

For the Nakiri handle, I did it a bit differently. I took a block of wood and sliced it, but now down the middle. I Dremeled out the thicker side to fit the tang in so when the 2 pieces were put together, the tang hole was in the middle and the seam was slightly offset. It worked, but I've been playing with a few different ways to do the Wa style handles. My favorite so far is still the aluminum tubing method!

Re: Blue Burl Tanaka

Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:38 pm

Cleaned up the handles a bit more, thinner down the Nakiri a bit and got some better pics!

VG-10 6" chefs:
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Tanaka Nakiri:
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This wood has some crazy figure to it! Different sides have different grain patterns almost!!
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I'm glad I ordered several more pieces of this stuff :)
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Re: Blue Burl Tanaka

Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:44 pm

That's just bad add great job. Bullman

Re: Blue Burl Tanaka

Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:40 pm

Holly sh!!! What a gift! Amazing!

Re: Blue Burl Tanaka

Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:51 pm

Thanks! I got my Aunt and Uncle hooked on the Japanese kitchen knives, hope to get these to them this coming week!
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