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Discussion in 'JapaneseKnifeSharpening / Dave Martell Knives' started by Dave Martell, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Professional Craftsman Founding Member

    Here's a 240mm Hiromoto Honyaki that I just finished up working on.

    The blade was initially pretty rough finished. I started by re-sanding and polishing to a "high satin" similar to what I do to my own knives. As you turn the blade in the light you can see the hamon now. I also rounded the spine and choil for comfort.

    A conversion from full tang to hidden tang was done and then an AZ Ironwood block installed in place of the pakkawood scales. A couple of spacers were added between the bolster and wood for accent as well as a copper/nickel silver mosaic pin installed.

    The ironwood is some of the very best I've worked with, and oddly it's some of the least expensive! I'm not complaining mind you. The handle has been treated with 12 coats of my varnish finish.

    This knife is headed off to OZ, and hopefully, to a happy new customer. [​IMG]


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    Last edited: Apr 28, 2018
  2. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

  3. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Professional Craftsman Founding Member

  4. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Professional Craftsman Founding Member

    Here we have a brand new Watanabe (suminagashi?) suji with a handle made out of ancient bog oak (carbon dated at 3400 yrs old!) paired with streaked blond buffalo horn. A simple handle, looks very similar to a Japanese ebony handle, a clean design by the knife's owner.

    The bog oak is some of the oddest wood I've worked with. This particular block was VERY hard - like a rock, it was like shaping glass! It's strange to be wet sanding at 2500x and feeling grit (like little pieces of sand - minerals?) falling out of the block and rolling around under the wood. [​IMG] Very little scratching happened though - again - odd. I believe what you see in the pictures as little shiny flecks are these minerals in the wood.

    I took the liberty to fill the heavy open grain with drying oil prior to finish sanding and applying the finishing coats but the handle had a glass like surface before I even put any oil on it, I just made it more even.

    Picture taking of this handle proved to be the biggest challenge of all, see for yourself... [​IMG]


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  5. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Professional Craftsman Founding Member

    Here's a Hiromoto honyaki gyuto that's been thinned & polished wearing a new handle made from ironwood burl...

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  6. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Professional Craftsman Founding Member

    Here's a Shun bread knife, sold through Williams Sonoma, that's been modified a bit.

    It was supposed to have had a simple handle upgrade by changing out the plastic for a burled wood but that all went south during the execution. Small poorly ground hollow bolster and soft wood forced my hand to poor craftsmanship so that coarse of action was scrapped. In it's place we went with grinding off the bolster and going for an octagonal wa design.

    The customer requested African Blackwood, black buffalo horn, white bone, and a mosaic pin as the components....he got them all.

    I hope you like it John! :)

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  7. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Professional Craftsman Founding Member

  8. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  9. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Professional Craftsman Founding Member

    [​IMG]


    From left to right....Spalty Maple Burl, Figured Ironwood, Ironwood Burl


    Thanks Jim :)
     
  10. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Professional Craftsman Founding Member

    Here we have a 240 mm Sukenari ZDP189 damascus clad gyuto with a brand new handle made out of desert ironwood and an 11 spacer stack of copper, nickel silver, & G10 spacers.

    What do you think?

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  11. Jim

    Jim Old Curmudgeon Founding Member

  12. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Professional Craftsman Founding Member

  13. WarrenB

    WarrenB Contributor

  14. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Professional Craftsman Founding Member

    I suppose it does take some skill (and learned tricks for sure!) but honestly it's a LOT easier to do with octagonal wa handles than most other styles such as oval or westerns. With octagonal we can use a hard flat substrate as a backing to sandpaper to get the pieces to fit up nice and even. With the other styles we have to free sand and this is tricky stuff not to screw up....and I have. ;)

    Thanks for the kind words!
     
  15. Rick

    Rick aka Pensacola Tiger Founding Member Gold Contributor

  16. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Professional Craftsman Founding Member

  17. WildBoar

    WildBoar Founding Member Contributor

    Thumbs up!
     
  18. Dave Martell

    Dave Martell Professional Craftsman Founding Member

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