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Tojiro Mulligan, phase 1

Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:45 am

So I bought a couple of the Tojiro ITK's from Mark, a 120 and 150 petty, strictly for the purposes of experimentation. I've removed the handle from the 120 and polished out the kuro-uchi finish up to P2000. The blade then went through 3 trips in a boiling vinegar bath. Nice, deep kanji is a definite plus here.

I've got some buffalo horn and a piece or two of stabilized wood for rehandling, but may just start with some plain old cherry to see how I do with the process. I also have a 210 ITK that will get done after I practice on these two. If anyone has info on ferrule fitting, I'm all ears. My plan is to turn the front on the handle down to fit a "back-bored" ferrule.

These knives take an unbelievable edge and are really a sleeper, IMHO. There just can't be much easier, better way to get into carbon than these Tojiro ITK's.

Thanks for looking.

Rich

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Re: Tojiro Mulligan, phase 1

Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:33 am

I do the Wa handles a bit differently. I use 1/2" OD aluminum tubing to join the handle pieces together. I drill a 1/2" hole around 2" into the larger handle portion and all but 1/4"-3/8" or so thru the ferrule and I hand fit the ferrule from there. I also grind down the tang to fit tightly into the aluminum tubing. It's easier for me than getting the fitting of the ferrule over the handle method.

Re: Tojiro Mulligan, phase 1

Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:23 am

I love the way they clean up when you take the rough finish off.

Re: Tojiro Mulligan, phase 1

Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:48 am

looks good, post pictures of the finished products
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