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Knife rehandling

Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:50 pm

I fell in love with my Hiromoto 150 petty, and as such am looking for an Aogami Super gyuto. I'd also like this knife to be a Wa handle since I don't own a Wa handle knife, the closest is my New West, which is still very western. Since I really like the Hiromoto steel, and the Kohetsu just went out of stock; would it be possible to have the Hiromoto re-handled into a Wa. Or should I just. Consider another knife, or wait for the Kohetsu to come back in stock.

Re: Knife rehandling

Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:19 pm

Converting a yo handle to wa is labor instensive and can be pricey. Kanehiro knives are a good wa handle alternative to the Hiromoto. It would be worth waiting for a Kohetsu but if you cannot wait here's some alternatives:

Kanehiro: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kanehiro.html

Richmond Aogami: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/rilaaosu.html

Moritaka KS (kurouchi): http://www.chefknivestogo.com/rilaaosu.html

These should be thin like the Kohetsu and are also Aogami Super.
The Moritaka is not stainless clad though.

Re: Knife rehandling

Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:04 am

I believe Tim aka Taz can help you out with this problem.

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Re: Knife rehandling

Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:02 am

+1 to what atang said. I personally wouldn't pay to have the conversion on that knife. I'd put the extra money towards a better knife. The kanehiro is in a different league, if you could afford it, great knife. If you want a lazer knife, the Richmond lazer is an excellent knife all the way around. I bought one of these for a friend as a wedding gift. Of course I had to try it a bit. Touched it up and polished it and gave it to him. This knife won't disappoint. If you are planning on to continue adding knives, I would try to step up with each purchase. So I recommend waiting for the kohetsu or trying something a little better if you can't wait.

Re: Knife rehandling

Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:45 am

Tim did an excellent job on a wa conversion he did for me, great work and great experience. Even still, I did that with a knife I had for a while, and was scratching an itch for a wa handle on it. I would take the money for the conversion and use it to expand my budget on a new knife, especially with the acclaim the laser as gets for its price. Or, wait, as hard as that can be.

Re: Knife rehandling

Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:50 am

Yup, what these guys said! Conversions, I don't charge an arm and a leg for since they are kind of a fun challenge for me :) They are best for someone who already has the knife and loves the profile/steel/etc, but wants a Wa handle or to lighten the knife up and put a Wa handle on it. If you like the Hiromoto, look at the other AS knives recommended that come with the Wa handle. Both the AS Laser and Kohetsu have a harder rochwell on the AS core and perform better and are thinner than the Hiromoto.

When I convert the knife, I have to blend the area under the bolster with the blade, and usually the logo gets at least partially removed and I refinish the whole blade in a satin finish to match the area that was under the bolster. Sometimes there are height differences between under the bolster and the blade, or grooves in the blade where the front of a pinned bolster locked in to (Kikuichi TKC IIRC has this?) Stainless Damascus or deeply etched Damascus doesn't look as nice afterwards, so I usually pass on converting those types of knives.

Knife re-handling

Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:02 am

Unfortunately, Adam Marr informed me today that he is not taking new orders. Is anyone aware of someone who does re-handling?

Re: Knife rehandling

Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:13 am

Look here on the forum under knife and handle makers. Check with Tim or Matt.

Re: Knife rehandling

Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:18 pm

Does anyone know their contact info?

Re: Knife rehandling

Thu Apr 17, 2014 5:12 am

Taz575 and 4k-nives
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