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Re: techniques for removing wa handle?

Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:26 am

Yeah, but with stabilized burls and stuff, I don't want to heat it in. Many makers in Japan use the rubbery sealant to prevent moisture from getting in and rusting the tang, but it's flexible, so it just bounces when you hit it. I have tried the heat methods, and it usually burns the wood first and doesn't get deep enough in the handle to work. JB Kwik Weld is good up to a very high temp, which is why I use it for handles, especially with metal spacers; it doesn't let go easily when the spacer heats up!

Re: techniques for removing wa handle?

Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:31 am

Well I guess the only solution is make a handle so nice you don't ever want to take it off

Re: techniques for removing wa handle?

Wed Feb 05, 2014 1:35 am

Yeah, or be prepared to destroy it to remove it! LOL. You can probably use a 5 minute epoxy to attach the handle, should be easier to remove (lower temps).
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