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 Post subject: How to install a handle.
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:47 pm 
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For those of you who want to try installing their own handles we thought we would show you how we do it.

There are 2 steps, fitting the tang to the handle and gluing it up. We were doing some glue ups today and figured we would do the second part first.



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 Post subject: Re: How to install a handle.
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Nice. Thank you. Do you plan a video on how to remove the old one?


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 Post subject: Re: How to install a handle.
PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:37 pm 

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It's pretty much this easy:





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 Post subject: Re: How to install a handle.
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Is epoxy the most common method used? I've seen where they will get the tang extremely hot and then pound the handle on. I am very curious as to the ins and outs of wa handles. Thank you so much for this video =)

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 Post subject: Re: How to install a handle.
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What is the knife with the ginkgo leaves on the blade?


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 Post subject: Re: How to install a handle.
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rasgabriel wrote:Is epoxy the most common method used? I've seen where they will get the tang extremely hot and then pound the handle on. I am very curious as to the ins and outs of wa handles. Thank you so much for this video =)

Gabe


We actually burn the handle in to fit sometimes but then we pull it out and glue it like you see in the video. If you only burn them (which some Japanese companies do) it allows you to switch out the handle more easily but they also can come apart. I'll show this in the "fitting" video next.



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Himself wrote:What is the knife with the ginkgo leaves on the blade?


The knife we were handling is the Konosuke KD Ginko 210. http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kokdgi21gy1.html



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 Post subject: Re: How to install a handle.
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I've done a couple of burn-in handle installations now. One question that I have is how to line things up in the long direction. In general do you line up the spine and handle to be parallel? And what if the tang is crooked - do you just drill out more and fill with epoxy? Also, nice trick with the wax, 'board butter' would probably also work well.


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