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 Post subject: Rehandle of Tojiro ITK Bread Knife
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 11:00 pm 
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So to start off with, I have never in my life worked with wood or metal in any way other than them being already assembled into a knife. The following pictures are of a re-handle job I did on the Tojiro ITK bread knife I bought from Mark. I purchased the Black and White Ebony from The Burl Source and got the mosaic pin stock from a seller on eBay.

I know that there are a lot of pins, making the handle look busy. I was more trying to use this handle as a proof-of-concept kind of thing and prove to myself I can do this. Instead of corby bolts, I used a bit of brass tubing. I placed the tubing where the original bolts were, threaded it and then used brass screws into the tubing. I ground down the screws to remove the slots and then went to sanding the handle. I used a progression of wet/dry sandpapers from 220 all the way to 2000 grit. All in all, I surprised and impressed myself. I know there are some things to work on, but for my first time stepping out my comfort zone I think I did ok. Tell me what you guys think! Praise and criticism are both completely welcome.


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 Post subject: Re: Rehandle of Tojiro ITK Bread Knife
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 11:26 pm 
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I think it looks damn good James! The extra pins look cool.



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 Post subject: Re: Rehandle of Tojiro ITK Bread Knife
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 12:15 am 
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Well thank you so much Mark! I will be ordering another bread knife real soon from you to do a re-handle. This time though, what I will do is one mosaic in the middle and the two outside something like nickel-silver or maybe just simple aluminum.

I think the colors, tho not completely matching the blade color, go really well and compliment each other nicely.



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 Post subject: Re: Rehandle of Tojiro ITK Bread Knife
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Can you show us the whole knife, blade and handle?


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 Post subject: Re: Rehandle of Tojiro ITK Bread Knife
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2012 10:17 pm 
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I will! I just need to get the camera from my girlfriend. I have a new one I am going to rehandle. I can give a shot of them side by side as well..



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 Post subject: Re: Rehandle of Tojiro ITK Bread Knife
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 3:41 pm 
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Sorry this took so long, but here you go. Hope this is what you were looking for. You can tell the new handle is definitely beefier than the original. It seems to fit my hand a little better this way and allows me to get more leverage when slicing things like brisket.

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 Post subject: Re: Rehandle of Tojiro ITK Bread Knife
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Looks much toooo busy with all those pins in the handle......

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 Post subject: Re: Rehandle of Tojiro ITK Bread Knife
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Maybe reading the original post would have done you well, MadRookie.



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 Post subject: Re: Rehandle of Tojiro ITK Bread Knife
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 5:02 am 
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Yo chefwatson I did read the original post - looking at it again just struck me as per my comment.

No offense intended though, it is just my personal a*shole preference sneaking out - you did a great job of it!

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 Post subject: Re: Rehandle of Tojiro ITK Bread Knife
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I think the knife looks great. Personally I like the extra pins, they kind of balance the length of the knife for me. Perhaps a bevel at the front end of the handle where it meets the knife would make it a little less aggressive but hey for someone with no experience you just turned a <$100 knife in to a >$250 . Good work.


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