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 Post subject: Ordering Hiromoto custom handles.
PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:41 pm 
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Hi Adam,

I recently sent you some Hiromoto handles for custom jobs. Tell me what woods you are thinking of using. If you have some choices let me see them. Post pictures here as you work on them. The guys will enjoy watching them get transformed.



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 Post subject: Re: Ordering Hiromoto custom handles.
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:55 pm 
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Ha....sounds like fun.

I'll post some pictures of the woods I have now....in the mean time, here is a video of what I had a few months back. What I have now is still pretty close:




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 Post subject: Re: Ordering Hiromoto custom handles.
PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:45 pm 
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Those are some beautiful woods Adam!



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 Post subject: Re: Ordering Hiromoto custom handles.
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Some blue or black dyed burl would look nice, or the spalted hackleberry ( I think, 4th and 5th in the video)


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 Post subject: Re: Ordering Hiromoto custom handles.
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I have some black dyed redwood burl. I do like it.....that's a good option. :)



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 Post subject: Re: Ordering Hiromoto custom handles.
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:56 pm 
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Start with 3 Hiromoto AS gyuto's and one special project knife:

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Then we wrap them up for my safety and the knife's:

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I leave the anti-rusting paper on.....ask me why. :o

Then we have to pick some nice lumber:

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Dyed redwood, maple burl, spalted maple, ash burl, ironwood.....oh yeah!!

I think I'll find something. :)



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 Post subject: Re: Ordering Hiromoto custom handles.
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:03 pm 
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First thing, please note that this sequence has knives other than Hiromoto's. :)

First thing we do is remove the old handles.

I like to drill the old rivets out:

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However, most of the time I use an old 36 grit belt and grind the rivets out. It's more reliable. Often times you start drilling the rivets and they start spinning and I've got to resort to the grinder any way. :)

After the old scales are removed:

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After the tangs are cleaned up:

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The one on the bottom had a nasty tang. It got cleaned up even more after this picture with some acetone and sandpaper.

Next we have to make the hole's big enough for the bolts and center mosaic pin:

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Next we decide on wood. I picked, from left to right, purple dyed redwood burl, black dyed redwood burl, desert ironwood, jarrah burl, and walnut burl for the bottom knife:

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Next we cut the scales to shape with a band saw:

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Start the test fitting and hole drilling:

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Lots of little sanding and truing up done at this point. Double stick tape the scales to the tang and drill holes, making sure the scales are as flat to the tang as possible, tight to the bolster, etc.

Test fit everything one time with the bolts and mosaic pin in place:

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Next step is to epoxy everything together.....which I didn't take any pictures of. Only so much time before you get into trouble. Tang and scales are cleaned thoroughly for a good gluing surface. Bolts are put in place and mosaic pin is trued up.

After that, they're left to cure for at least 24 hours.

Then they're cleaned up. The excess bolt material is cut off and the scales are cleaned up with a 36 grit belt:

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The desert ironwood is done first so that you're using the sharpest the belt is as ironwood burns so quickly....a real PITA.

Then we progress through the belts until we use a fairly well worn out 400 grit belt and we're left with:

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Then it's time to hand sand. I made a hand sanding fixture that has been so amazing to use:

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I can turn the handle to any angle I want....so nice.

In this picture, two of the handles are all but done....technically done, but some more polishing to do:

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 Post subject: Re: Ordering Hiromoto custom handles.
PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:12 pm 

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Thanks for the WIP photos Adam. Been trying to find something like this as I have a couple knives to practice handle replacements on before I try and do a "nicer" blade. Was afraid of screwing something up, but I think I'm going to give it a shot over the Thanksgiving holiday.


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