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Conversion time! Westerns to Wa!

Sat Nov 03, 2012 11:33 pm

I had two conversions to work on this week. One was a 260mm Grand Cheff K tip (convert to western shape handle, metal end cap) with Buckeye Burl wood and the second was a Artifex Scimitar to a Wa style handle in a Western shape in a laminate with Red, Grey and White (Ohio State Univ colors) and black ferrule. Customer wanted a bigger/longer handle for the Scimitar. Also redid the handle on a Nenox and used Green Maple Burl.

Scimitar:
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New vs old handle for scale:
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K tip and Nenox: Blue liners used on both, custom has small hands, so I did the handles a bit on the small side. The Nenox has been reground to a convex on the left and right side, and a slightly steeper secondary convex on the right near the edge. Customer wanted to try to convert it to a single bevel, but there just wasn't enough steel to do it w/o making the blade too thin.
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Re: Conversion time! Westerns to Wa!

Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:34 am

Love the green one.

Nice work.

:)

Re: Conversion time! Westerns to Wa!

Mon Nov 05, 2012 9:49 am

I hated working on the Nenox and trying to get the angles to match up with the fixed bolsters!! I got it to slice nicely when I re ground it. I was surprised at the Grand Chef; it takes a wicked edge pretty easily!!! Now that I know that it's AEB-L, I know why, but it was a nice surprise for stainless. Took a much nicer, cleaner edge than the Nenox.

The scimitar feels much nicer with the longer, fatter handle to it, too :) Balances 1/8" in front of the heel.

Re: Conversion time! Westerns to Wa!

Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:38 am

Man, I wish I lived closer to you. You'd never get rid of me. :D

Re: Conversion time! Westerns to Wa!

Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:44 am

Well done on that nenox. Last time I tried one I ended up wasting a few sets of scales, lol.

Re: Conversion time! Westerns to Wa!

Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:25 am

Yeah, I came close to messing up the scales on this one! I had a nice fat block and instead of slicing it down into 2 sets of scales, I left it as 2 thick scales so I could do the flare in the middle. After I got the handles fit finally and epoxied, I was shaping it down a little, and an eye popped out of the wood. I was able to fill the hole with epoxy, but I thought I was going to have to order a new block of green wood and then remove the scales and liners and start from scratch.

Gonna work on some Octagons next!! I ordered a bunch of wood from Woodcraft; Olivewood, Cocobolo, Black Mora, Marblewood, etc to make some Wa handles in the Octagon shape. Figured I would start with some less expensive woods to begin with before going to the stabilized burls. I will do some with the wooden down method, and I may try a tenon. Otherwise I will do the aluminum tubing. I picked up a keyway broach and modified it to broach out the handle to fit the tang in to, so I have a few new things to play with!

The K tip is my favorite out of the 3. Takes a stupidly sharp, clean edge and the Buckeye came out really nicely on it!

Re: Conversion time! Westerns to Wa!

Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:34 pm

nice work on all the above.

Re: Conversion time! Westerns to Wa!

Mon Nov 26, 2012 4:09 am

Thanks!

Re: Conversion time! Westerns to Wa!

Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:32 pm

135mm Dojo Blue petty converted to a Wa handle with Stabilized Claro Walnut burl and Stabilized Maple Burl. I never rehandled a Dojo yet because of the weird tang style; it's almost a full tang on the back side, but on the finger side, there is no tang exposed. So I converted it to a Wa! This is a pretty wide blade compared to other 150mm petty's. I wanted to practice another Octagon Wa handle, but ran into some issues with the tool rest on my belt sander, so it became a bit smaller than I wanted and more square than oval. But I got the belt sander issues fixed and I am gearing up to do more Wa handles!

On the table:
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In the hand, makes it look completely different size wise!
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