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How to remove a wa handle.

Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:40 pm

We were goofing around in the office today and thought it would be fun to show this:

Re: How to remove a wa handle.

Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:14 pm

Haha, love the chuckle at the end. Short and sweet, great vid! Thanks for posting this.

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Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:41 pm

That would work on my Goko Damascus, but what about a handle that's glued in fairly tight, like one of Isaiah's ?

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Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:48 pm

Isaiah's handles usually break apart since he puts so much epoxy in it. The less epoxy, the better success rate.

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Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:07 pm

I had to chisel off bit by bit one of the handles I made/installed :( Sucked, it was a sweet handle.

Mark, get a longer piece of wood so you don't have to hammer next to the blade!

What really sucks is the Japanese knives with the rubbery Sealant they use...you can bang all you want, it bounces right back! I tried heat with those, too...no go. Had to crack it in half, peel the handle pieces off and then scrape off the sealant. With the ones like Mark did, I see how much distance I can get out of them, or how many walls in my shed I can ricochet it off of...record is 2 and the loft :)

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Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:22 pm

Yeah we usually use a longer piece but Josh was in a hurry and I just grabbed my camera and shot it.

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Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:38 pm

Well I have never removed a Wa handle. But I have removed the heads off lots of golf clubs which are epoxied in place.
Any handle that is epoxied in place, you might have luck with an electric heat gun, just waving the heat gun on the choil area on both sides.
You should wrap the ferrule with aluminum foil if you plan on trying to save the old handle.
The heat generated by the electric gun is hot enough to break the epoxy bond, but not hot enough to ruin the temper on the steel.
As far as that rubbery sealant TAZ mentions, probably does a great job of preventing moisture from getting inside the handle, but lousy odds of removing the handle.
I have a golf club head remover that works like a charm.
I wonder if I could jury rig it to pull knife handles?
The shaft clamping device can be removed, then I could put tape on the part of the blade inside the clamping mechanism.

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Re: How to remove a wa handle.

Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:43 pm

Jason T wrote:Haha, love the chuckle at the end. Short and sweet, great vid! Thanks for posting this.


+1

I also laughed.

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Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:25 pm

Just a question. Supposing I'm ok with my handle. How long do they typically last in home use environment?

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Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:23 pm

With good care, indefinitely I would say. I have wa knives I use professionally and they haven't had any objection to the lifestyle of a professional knife handle. haha.
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