Re-profiled wa handle

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Finally got around to doing something I have been wanting to do for a while. I was thinking about it, but when I saw Chocu1a do it with his Mazaki I was motivated to do it even more. With weather being a beautiful 60's today, and my being off, I finally got around to it.
First I re-profiled the wa handle to a "double-d". Because, you know, who hates double-d's?
The took the torch to it, re-polished and first coat of oil applied. Such a huge improvement in both aesthetics and actual feel.

Thanks again, Chocu1a, for the input and motivation.
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Double-Ds aren't always the easiest to handle but this one worked out rather well.

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enjay wrote:
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Double-Ds aren't always the easiest to handle but this one worked out rather well.
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I loved the Yamahide KU so much that I begged my buddy to grab me the suminagashi version before he flew back home. It sports an extremely asymmetric convex grind and an aogami super core. The suminagashi pattern is more subtle than others I’ve had, and I’m totally digging the ironwood handle with ebony spacer. Edge length is 274mm; heel height is 57mm; weight is still a beefy 431g. I can’t wait to compare it side-by-side with the wide bevel KU this week.
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Marc4pt0 wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 3:31 pm
Finally got around to doing something I have been wanting to do for a while. I was thinking about it, but when I saw Chocu1a do it with his Mazaki I was motivated to do it even more. With weather being a beautiful 60's today, and my being off, I finally got around to it.
First I re-profiled the wa handle to a "double-d". Because, you know, who hates double-d's?
The took the torch to it, re-polished and first coat of oil applied. Such a huge improvement in both aesthetics and actual feel.

Thanks again, Chocu1a, for the input and motivation.
This looks fantastic. I love the new handle profile. How hard was it and what did you use?

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In an effort to "save time" I used the ubiquitous little harbor freight belt sander to knock off the initial bevels, then the rest by hand. Really not hard at all. The sandpapers I used were grits 80 on up to 1500, then on to fine micro mesh pads to buff the buffalo horn. For the wooden part of the handle I just rough sanded up to 1500, but didn't focus on making it smooth and even just to help keep some grip texture.

The original handles are big enough to kind of do whatever with. I thought about doing a hybrid western with it, but lack that kind of skill currently.

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Marc4pt0 wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:19 am
In an effort to "save time" I used the ubiquitous little harbor freight belt sander to knock off the initial bevels, then the rest by hand. Really not hard at all. The sandpapers I used were grits 80 on up to 1500, then on to fine micro mesh pads to buff the buffalo horn. For the wooden part of the handle I just rough sanded up to 1500, but didn't focus on making it smooth and even just to help keep some grip texture.

The original handles are big enough to kind of do whatever with. I thought about doing a hybrid western with it, but lack that kind of skill currently.
Looks fantastic man!!!
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I've thought about doing this in the past to make a few handles more comfortable. I think you may have just pushed me over the edge!
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Did you remove the handle, or did you do the sanding with it still attached to knife?

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Nice work! That is a great torches tone.
Is this for left-handed comfort or are you right handed?
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Jeff B wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:29 pm
I've thought about doing this in the past to make a few handles more comfortable. I think you may have just pushed me over the edge!
Jeff, you should definitely do it.
I was on the fence with these knives prior to modding the handle. Great blades, handles just weren't my cup of tea. Now I'm all in

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AlbuquerqueDan wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:42 pm
Did you remove the handle, or did you do the sanding with it still attached to knife?
Still attached to knife. Just kept the blade covered and protected during the process

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salemj wrote:
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:59 am
Nice work! That is a great torches tone.
Is this for left-handed comfort or are you right handed?
Thank you!
I'm right handed, and the double D feels great in hand

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