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Re: Wa handle Kikuichi TKC

Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:10 am

A HD2 would be cheaper than getting a TKC and converting to a wa. And it's a great excuse to buy a Kono!

Re: Wa handle Kikuichi TKC

Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:37 am

TKC Conversion thread:
tkc-conversion-t3139.html

There is the groove in the blade that the front of the bolster slips in to and there are 2 pin holes drilled in the area underneath the bolster to pin the bolster to the blade, so I usually put the Machi at the 2 holes so they don't show, which limits the neck length. I wouldn't remove the groove for the bolster since that will make the knife VERY thin there, either.

Re: Wa handle Kikuichi TKC

Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:36 am

Jeff B wrote: "A HD2 would be cheaper than getting a TKC and converting to a wa. And it's a great excuse to buy a Kono!"

As the conversation dictates buying a new knife, $268 as to $220+conversion seemed pretty obvious. The TKC is a slightly heavier duty construction, but if you'll bring a TKC in, a HD is not a drastic increase in fragility.

Re: Wa handle Kikuichi TKC

Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:11 am

Conversion and new handle (non stabilized handle) would put it in the $300 range, so only $32 more than the Kono FWIW.

Re: Wa handle Kikuichi TKC

Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:15 pm

<MEL - I am intrigued by Konosuke, but I have the TKC already (I know you know), is there a big enough difference to justify owning both in the same roll?

Re: Wa handle Kikuichi TKC

Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:59 pm

Melampus can comment as to the ITK performance differences, but they are quite different in the real and perceived weight. The Kono is very light for it's size - a combination of the light Wa handle and thinner blade. Whether that's justification for owning/using both is another matter.

Re: Wa handle Kikuichi TKC

Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:09 pm

SteveG wrote:Melampus can comment as to the ITK performance differences, but they are quite different in the real and perceived weight. The Kono is very light for it's size - a combination of the light Wa handle and thinner blade. Whether that's justification for owning/using both is another matter.


Thanks Steve, that is the difference I meant specifically, but I appreciate the commentary on the Kono.
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