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Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle

Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:11 am

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.

Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle

Sat Mar 15, 2014 4:30 am

So where does one get mammoth tooth? I love the colors but can't imagine where to get the supplies!

Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle

Sat Mar 15, 2014 12:18 pm

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.

Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle

Wed May 21, 2014 9:38 am

That handle is beyond sick, fact.

Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle

Thu May 22, 2014 10:50 pm

Very beautiful handle! Love the etching, too

Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle

Sat May 24, 2014 1:04 pm

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.

Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle

Sat May 24, 2014 1:25 pm

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.

Re: Tanaka Sekiso Gyuto Rehandle

Sun May 25, 2014 6:03 pm

Thats a WOW!!!
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