Tanaka Sekiso Wa to Yo handle conversion

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Tanaka Sekiso Wa to Yo handle conversion

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I am posting this as Mark asked me to show him the outcome. Mark was very kind to gave me a special deal on the blade for this project, much appreciated.

It’s about 80% done. The bolster is Damascus Made from pieces that I cut off from my dammy Axe. It still needs etching to bring out the bolster patterns.

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Beautiful. Show us when you get to 100% too!

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Wow, looks great!

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oh wow. Beautiful work!
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Very nice! Sekiso's have been one of my go to blade series for several years now!

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Finished with light etching of bolster:
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Fantastic. :)
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Pretty awesome!

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The etch makes all the difference. Really nice.

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How does it feel using it in a pinch grip? Does it feel natural & comfortable?

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Very nice did you solder the bolster on?

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ChefKnivesToGo wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 2:35 pm
Fantastic. :)
Thanks Mark, wouldn’t have happened without your special deal, much appreciated!

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Chocu1a wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 7:19 pm
How does it feel using it in a pinch grip? Does it feel natural & comfortable?
Feels pretty good, I can rest my middle finger on the bolster for finger grip comfortably. But the blade is very short as a 210, only 202mm so I don’t do finger grip, I use hammer grip on the handle & pinch on the bolster.

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Kalaeb wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 9:38 pm
Very nice did you solder the bolster on?
No, although I already bought a torch with MAP gas for it. After a bunch of reading, I find many blade smith suggesting JB Weld with a pin instead, that’s the way I went with. I spent a lot of time to minimize the gap, I am very happy with the decision & outcome. The joint is heat tolerant to 550 F/300 c, it tolerated the heat from belt sanding afterwards without problem.

I tested blow torch soldering on my carbon wok’s metal handle instead, tried to solder three metal mounting pins shut & failed miserably. Some blade smith said to never solder bolster as your first try in a real project, I can see why.

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