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Honyaki Kiritsuke converted to Western handle

Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:40 pm

I had a guy send me a Yoshihiro Honyaki Kiritsuke (270mm) to change out the handle. The original handle was long and heavy and a touch fat for his hands. He wanted to make it look like a Western style handle, kinda like the Nenox jigged bone series. We went with stainless steel bolster/endcap, and stabilized and dyed Black Redwood burl. It was challenge working with the stainless, but it was a fun project!

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The stainless is pretty heavy, so I was able to reduce the length and girth of the handle a bit and it balances around 1/4-1/2" in front of the heel of the knife. I still have to polish the handle up a bit more and install it on the knife.

Re: Honyaki Kiritsuke converted to Western handle

Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:12 pm

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Handle closeups:
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Did a Bolivian Rosewood Saya for it, too :)
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Just gotta clean up 2 spots on the Saya and it's off to the customer!
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