Got to work on some stuff today. First one is a Misono UX10 that someone contacted Mark to see if he knew anyone who could fix/replace his handle. I guess something hit the box VERY hard and managed to dent the Pakkawood, as well as crack it! That's a pretty hard hit!! Mark got us in contact (Thanks Mark!!) and I emailed the guy what his choices were in terms of materials, colors, etc, starting from basic black Dymondwood or Black Paper Micarta and going up to the Burls and Laminates. Customer decided on White Micarta (Ivory Paper Micarta). I had some on hand, so I built it up with Stainless Pins and the White Micarta.
Since the handle is White Paper Micarta, there is not texture, grain, different layers visible or anything. It's a pain to work with because as you sand the handle/pins/bolster to get them nice and smooth, the dust gets brought back over the handle and rubbed in a bit. After each grit, you have to wipe down and clean up the handle. I went to 400 grit by hand and switched to the Micro Mesh. 1800, 2400, 3200, 3600, and 4000 and it has a nice, silky smooth feeling but still has some traction when the handle is wet. The handle doesn't have anything fancy to show, but it feels awesome in the hand! I was kinda excited to do this one since I have never played with a Misono UX10 before, but I knew that they were one of the top end J knives in terms of fit and finish! This one was no exception, but I think I managed to bring it up to a new level by taking some time with it!
Next one up is a Hiro AS 210 for Mark, looks like Maple Burl?? I used 2, 1/8" Copper pins and a larger 1/4" Mosaic pin in the middle; I kinda like this look! The wood has some REALLY nice figure to it; some flame, eyes, etc!
I have a 240 Hiro AS to do for Mark that I will start up today and hopefully finish up tonight if the weather stays somewhat cool! It's going to have a darker piece of wood, again looks like Maple Burl that I used on the first two I did for Mark. Also going to have the Copper pins and Mosaic in the middle!