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Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:15 pm
I have large (but not extra large) hands. Are the Wa handles generally smaller than the western handles or about the same size? Does that vary from brand to brand?
Sat Jan 12, 2013 2:29 pm
they vary from brand to brand, the same with western handles, they too vary in size.
Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:32 pm
They ary from brand to brand and also knife length. 210mm gyuto's and smaller tend to have a somewhat small handle (to me), where 240mm gyuto's and longer knives generally have a handle that fits my hand better. I redid the handle on a 270mm Kiritsuke and the factory handle was pretty beefy and felt great in my hands and helped to balance the heftier knife.
Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:33 pm
Biggest handle on the site?
Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:38 pm
Wa handles tend to be longer than yo handles. They're usually lighter as well.
If you're using a pinch grip, it may not matter all that much.
Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:43 pm
I know personally the size of the wa handles doesn't bother me much. My problem with them is the weight. Maybe if I regularly used one I wouldn't feel that way but I appreciate the added weight and balance that is associated with a german style handle. f that is what you are used to I wouldn't recommend buying a knife with a wa handle without at least testing a friend or co workers first.
Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:39 pm
Stabilized wood Wa handles tend to weight a bit more, but other than that, they are much lighter in weight than a full tang! Also, Ebony and Rosewood tend to be heavier than Ho or Magnolia, too.
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