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Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:46 pm
I didn't mind the Goko W#1 handle at first. That one is slowly bothering me, first the plastic ferrule but also the weight/density as I use it more. So far I like the one on the damascus more, as its weight just seems to match the lighter blade. I will probably do a ferrule-replacement eventually but I'll probably keep the chestnut for a while.
Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:28 pm
I don't have a problem with the stock handle either. While I would prefer a horn ferrule the texture of the chestnut is fine and it is a generous handle. I may make one for it though, or upgrade the ferrule when I free up some time.
Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:13 pm
Jeff B wrote:I thought ho wood handles were cheesy until I bought a Goko with that Chestnut handle, that thing is true garbage.
I held a very similar looking burnt chesnut handle, didn't like the feel at all. Ho wood, I find is just a handle, it's not meant to look good or feel good. Just something to hang on to.
Mon Feb 24, 2014 9:04 pm
I guess I'm in the minority, but I actually like the Goko chestnut handle. I will likely replace the ferrule at some point, but not in any rush. However, I really really really dislike the ho wood handle that came on the original offering of the Goko Damascus. Feels completely wrong in every aspect to me.
Would I buy it again knowing I wouldn't like the handle? Absolutely, it's still a great deal, but I would have had it shipped directly to a custom handle maker to save me postage rather than taking her out of the box, saying not for me, and sending her off
I guess this thread just shows how personal paradigms play into handle preferences.
Tue Feb 25, 2014 10:48 am
Lightly sand that ho wood handle and coat it with tru-oil and it will change your opinion about it.
Those Chestnut handles with that g-d awful plastic ferrule still suck.
Tue Feb 25, 2014 5:51 pm
Already sanded and oiled(mineral oil)... still not for me.
Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:38 pm
Why not check out the knife handles section of our forum? There you can see examples of several excellent handle makers. Maybe you will see a handle you like there. You have many choices now, I browse if from time to time and there is plenty of Wow Factor!
Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:58 pm
I have that same knife, & I am thinking of a new handle as well. When you get yours done, make sure you post some pictures it may help me decide,
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