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My First Saya

Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:41 pm

Well, I'm almost complete with my first saya. I need to get some better photos but figured I'd post what I had so far. I still need to order a pin for it, but as it sits, the handle creates a slightly snug fit so it won't just fall out. Worked on this over the weekend while I was back home and had access to my Dad's wood working tools. I'm very happy with how it came out. Now I just need to buy another nice knife so I can build another saya. This one is made with Bocote and I used oak for the middle section since my Dad has tons of it laying around.

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Almost forgot to say a huge Thank You to Tim for the WIP thread he did awhile back. Was a huge help in building mine this weekend. Only thing I wish I had was a 1" belt sander for shaping the wood a little better than sanding by hand.

Re: My First Saya

Wed Nov 13, 2013 2:38 am

Looks nice Diesel, I think you may have inspired me to give it a try!

Re: My First Saya

Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:31 pm

Thanks Jeff. It really isn't too bad. Here is a link to Tim's WIP thread that I used as a guide: Saya WIP(Click Here)

Also think I've come up with a cool idea for a Pin for the saya, but want to work on it this weekend before I spill the beans. Will definitely be different, but will be fitting for me.

Re: My First Saya

Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:56 pm

Looks real good!

Re: My First Saya

Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:25 pm

Nice job Diesel - that looks very nice!

On another topic, I've always been curious as to your forum name. Are you a diesel mechanic or something?

Re: My First Saya

Fri Nov 15, 2013 2:48 pm

Thanks y'all.

Not a mechanic by trade, but I had at once attempted a little side business with accessories and such, work just doesn't allow me enough free time to really make something of it. I have a F-350 with the7.3L Powerstroke that I drag race for fun whenever I get a chance. It's got some work done to it, 90% of it I do myself. Mostly run bracket racing.

Cooking is a passion that I wish I could spend more time on. Hence the reason I ended up here.

Re: My First Saya

Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:58 pm

Another couple quick photos. I need to touch up the oil after cleaning up around the pin hole and then I'll use a real camera instead of my phone. Only question I have is how far do the saya pins sitck out of the back side of the saya? I decided to make this a Redneck Japanese fusion saya.

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Re: My First Saya

Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:03 am

LOL, love the brass as a pin!!!! 1/4" is fine to stick out the back. I use guitar bridge pins and leave them full length.

Go to Harbor Freight, they have 1x30's for like $50 or $60 if that much and they go on sale.

Re: My First Saya

Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:04 am

Awesome pin

Re: My First Saya

Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:45 pm

Thanks guys. Was struggling to figure something out as I didn't want to pay more in shipping than the 1 bridge pin was going to cost me. Decided it would be something different and fun.

Hoping to pick up a belt sander from Harbor Freight or Sears on Friday. I have a few old knives that I want to try and rehandle. Just waiting on the Corby bolts to show up.
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