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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle
PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:11 am 
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Yes, the tooth can be a pain to work! Some guys send it out to get stabilized, which I imagine helps. I drilled my first piece and it cracked into like 4 pieces. Diamond Hole drills I guess are the way to go. The tooth has hard and soft sections, and the hard stuff is like hard stone. When I did get to drill it, I had to first epoxy it to the handle block I was using and then drill it and even a brand new drill bit just made dust, no chips when drilling. It is like working a fragile stone. I also kept adding super glue to the sides and edges and stuff while working it to try to prevent chips and seal any cracks/voids.


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:30 am 
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So where does one get mammoth tooth? I love the colors but can't imagine where to get the supplies!



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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle
PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:18 pm 
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Randy Haas sometimes has some for sale, Texas Knife and Jantz both stock it now, too. A set of thin and small handle scale pieces starts at $60 and goes to $150+ for larger/thicker scales usually. Sometimes I can get 2 spacers out of each scale, but usually it's only 1. Very fragile stuff to work as well, so it adds a good bit to the cost of the handle.


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2014 9:38 am 
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That handle is beyond sick, fact.



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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle
PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 10:50 pm 

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Very beautiful handle! Love the etching, too


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 1:04 pm 
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Tim,
Your handle work is stunning! Your mom and you made an excellent color choice combo.
The acid etch came out great too.
You have added a lot of cosmetic value to that Tanaka.
No surprise the Mammoth tooth was hard to work with. The teeth are petrified, and AT LEAST 4,000 years old.


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle
PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 1:25 pm 
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Yeah, the tooth can be a pain to work! Very brittle, too. Bandsaw blades just spark and the teeth get knocked off. I used a 12mm diamond hole bit to drill the hole for the dowel to go through and that seems to work well, and I usually epoxy it to the main handle piece to strengthen it while I am drilling it.


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 Post subject: Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle
PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 6:03 pm 

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Thats a WOW!!!


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