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Left handers, do D handles bother you?

Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:05 pm

I get customers from time to time that want to get custom handle jobs for knives with D handles. Currently I have a customer that is interested in the Masamoto KS.

For me when I try D handles that are turned around I don't mind them at all. How about any of you guys? It seems a shame to wait 6 months for a knife and pay extra money for a handle job that minimal impact on the feel and use of the knife.

But, that's just me and I don't use them all day. I just ship them all day....

What do you guys think?

Re: Left handers, do D handles bother you?

Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:14 pm

I'm a home cook and d shaped handles feel really uncomfortable for me even though I'm only using them for a short period of time.
i guess turning them around would solve the problem.

Re: Left handers, do D handles bother you?

Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:28 pm

I have no issues using D handles with a pinch grip. I don't use a knife all day like the pros, but I really don't even notice it once I start cutting.

Re: Left handers, do D handles bother you?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:25 am

D handles are not a problem for a lefty. The handle can be reversed or the handle can be sanded. I have a KS with a D handle and a great looking blonde buffalo ferrule. I sanded the D ridge lightly with 600 followed with 1500 grit sandpaper to ease the D ridge edge. Handle fits and feels great!

Re: Left handers, do D handles bother you?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:40 am

its not a big problem with a pinch grip on a gyuto, but is when using a handle grip on gyuto or utility knives...

Re: Left handers, do D handles bother you?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:07 am

My girlfriend is a lefty and she actually really likes D handles in right-handed orientation. She likes it enough that she commented on it a few times.

Re: Left handers, do D handles bother you?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:48 pm

I've had lefties that don't know anything about the D handles, say they like the bump on the right. They naturally want to rest their thumb on it. They liked it - I never said a word about lefty/righty handles.

Re: Left handers, do D handles bother you?

Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:29 pm

I am a lefty and a home cook. While i don't prefer a righty D handle, it fits comfortably in my hand with no problems. On my Tanaka, my fingers don't even reach the D and my thumbpad rest on the top of it comfortable. The other D handle I have is a 120 petty and it doesn't cause any issues either.

Chris

Re: Left handers, do D handles bother you?

Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:34 pm

Lefty here, former prep slave, now at home cook.

I find the larger D handles (gyuto, suji, etc.) don't bother me, but I don't like the smaller ones. I have two on a 90 and 120 petties, and I don't like either. Not sure, but I am guessing that the handles are back in my grip a bit more than a pinch and the smaller handles are contributing. If the ferrules are resin, they don't sand well.

Re: Left handers, do D handles bother you?

Mon Apr 07, 2014 2:49 pm

Hi Mark,

I am considering buying one of your Goko gyutos in 19C27 as a gift for a friend (http://www.chefknivestogo.com/goda21gy.html).

I note that they come with D-shaped handles. My friend is left handed so would it be possible to fit the knife with a left hand friendly D-handle?

Thanks
Chris
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