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Japanese Knives with Custom Handles

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As some of you are aware, Ben (Mewantkj) started making custom knife handles. In his original thread I joked about him making handles for my old crappy knives. Well one thing led to another,  the idea expanded and the Bistro now has 2 new Japanese knives with custom handles. 

 

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This first knife was part of the handle deal. I actually bought 2 of these and gave Ben one for his personal collection. 

 

Tojiro Shirogami Yanagi 270 mm (10.5")

White #2 core, softer iron outer layer. Right handed single bevel. 

 

Custom handle:

Ferrule/end cap - Wenge

Stripes - Mapple

Body - Red Palm 

 

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This second knife was a surprise knife for Mrs skreef. I wanted to get her something special for being such a good sport about this whole knife adventure. She knew she was getting a knife and picked out the wood for her custom handle, she just didn't know exactly what knife it was. 

 

Shiro Kamo R-2 (same as SG2) Gyuto 180 mm (7").

R-2 core. Damascus layered stainless in a matte finish. 

 

Custom handle:

Ferrule/end cap - Wenge

Stripes - Mapple 

Body - Cocobola 

 

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Fantastic additions to the knife board. Ben did an awesome job with the custom handles, it really makes the knives pop. He has lots of different woods to choose from. I actually have two more handles that I will post once I have them mounted to a knife. One of them is going on a old crappy knife to give it new life. 

 

 

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Wow, what an amazing job!

I've had a couple of Japanese knives now for the last few months and absolutely love the cutting performance of them, I'll have to have a chat with Ben when the handles need replacing!

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2 minutes ago, Alimac23 said:

Wow, what an amazing job!

I've had a couple of Japanese knives now for the last few months and absolutely love the cutting performance of them, I'll have to have a chat with Ben when the handles need replacing!

 

I talk "handles" a lot with Ben. I know he has some really kewl ideas in the pipeline. I'm excited to see what else he comes up with. 

 

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1 minute ago, slap1914 said:

All I can say is WOW! Truly outstanding

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That was my thoughts exactly when I opened the box yesterday. 

 

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Great looking knives and awesome handles. I have not taken the plunge on a Japanese knife yet as I have more knives than I need, but as my sons move out and I send them off with a few of my knives, I will have some room in my knife blocks.

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18 minutes ago, Mewantkj said:

CK. Thank you for the kind words. 

 

It's ben fun working with you. Many more good times to come. 

 

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36 minutes ago, Marty said:

Both of those knives look amazing. With those handles they would be the first thing one would see hanging on the wood magnet strip--all lit up.

 

They do look pretty awesome on the knife bar. 

 

Already thinking about ordering a custom blade from a US Artisan Blacksmith. Going to email him and see if he's willing to make what I want and how many months of back orders he has. Also how many arms and legs it will cost me - LOL. Of course I'll get Ben to make a handle for it. 

 

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25 minutes ago, ckreef said:

 

They do look pretty awesome on the knife bar. 

 

Already thinking about ordering a custom blade from a US Artisan Blacksmith. Going to email him and see if he's willing to make what I want and how many months of back orders he has. Also how many arms and legs it will cost me - LOL. Of course I'll get Ben to make a handle for it. 

 

 

 

Which blacksmith? HHH? 

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1 hour ago, Marty said:

Both of those knives look amazing. With those handles they would be the first thing one would see hanging on the wood magnet strip--all lit up.

 

I have a photo of CK's custom work, my personal handless and one for BBQboss all hanging on my knife bar from before I shipped everyone's out. Bbqboss asked me to hold off sending him update photos so he can be surprised when he opens the box on Monday.  I will post photos once he give me the OK. 

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