I've recently bought a rarely used Kono Fujiyama Yanagiba Kiritsuke 270mm in White #2. I love the knife so far, it's my second Kono and I've been looking forward to getting my hands on one of this kind for quite some time now. Regardless, I am still eyeballing another HD2 Gyuto …
Acquired at a reasonable price, the knife was in perfect condition - except for the handle. The sealant / glue was porous and thus moisture could enter the area between the handle and the blade. This area seems to be source of a quite pungent fishy stench which I can’t get rid off somehow. About 8-10mm of glue are missing from three sides. I guess food residues happened to come inside and, as a consequence, the wood started to rot. Also small spots of rust appeared on the surface
I would love to take the handle off and see what’s going on underneath. Would be a shame if the blade was seriously damaged. And since I live in Germany, it’s going to be a hassle to send the knife to Mark and have him re-handle it (if that’s even possible for knives that weren’t purchased at his store).
My questions are now:
- Could a bit of surface rust seriously damage the knife? as in it breaks at some point when load is applied?
- I’ve seen a few clips on YouTube on how to remove a Wa handle, however none of those applies to glued handles. The authors of said videos recommend using a wooden bar that is longer than the blade. I should hold the knife against the bar and use a hammer on the other end of the bar to get the handle off. Sound about right?
Thanks a bunch in advance!