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by Carter
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Those hard questions
Replies: 20
Views: 392

Re: Those hard questions

I find that as I get older, I need less, and I used to be a pretty good trophy hunter in many hobby areas. If you want to sell some blades and go after a new bike, that is cool...you can only cut with one blade at a time...and they all do pretty much the same thing. Do I have more gyutos than I will...
by Carter
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman
Replies: 33
Views: 693

Re: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman

Carter, Have you ever had success in masking the wood with tape or clear nail polish prior to etching a tang? It has been awhile but I think I remember Markeo or Kyle Royer doing this. No luck with tape, but TruOil does a good job...it is still hard to get a perfect mask line between the metal and ...
by Carter
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman
Replies: 33
Views: 693

Re: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman

cliff wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:33 pm
Carter, was that originally a Western handle (I've never seen one), or did you have to convert it? In either case, it's beautiful.
Western....they are out there...have done a few over the years. Thanks!
by Carter
Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman
Replies: 33
Views: 693

Re: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman

Thank you everyone for the pics and recommendations! Some awesome looking stuff out there :D Oh boy, I hadn't even thought of all that. Like Kalaeb, I didn't notice there weren't holes either :shock: How difficult do you think that a job like this would be, Carter? I'd like to avoid a full re-etch ...
by Carter
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman
Replies: 33
Views: 693

Re: Looking for a Handle / Handle Craftsman

The wood is the easy part, certainly a thoughtful decision and something that appeals to you will be made. I agree with several of the posts already presented, that a muted wood pattern may be best. My take is that with a special blade, which this is, and a blade with a dramatic pattern, again this ...
by Carter
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dao Vua Handle... now what ?
Replies: 9
Views: 300

Re: Dao Vua Handle... now what ?

Doesn't help that the tang is much shorter than a normal 240mm blade tang. Frankly, it will be much harder to repair properly, or at all, with the front of the handle still mounted to the blade. Think it is time to punt.
by Carter
Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: What's Cookin' ?
Topic: What did you cook today?
Replies: 401
Views: 26313

Re: What did you cook today?

A nice Southern Sunday night dinner, ham with red-eye gravy, eggs, corn two ways - Geechie Boy Mill Blue Grits and Blade And Bow Bourbon.

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by Carter
Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: Carter Hopkins
Topic: Recent Work
Replies: 343
Views: 42150

Re: Recent Work

This is a new handle/saya for a Konosuke HD 270mm gyuto. The handle is ironwood burl and the saya is ironwood. Tracking says it should be delivered by the time I get back home, along with that beautiful differentially hardened 240 you made! They look superb Carter. I guess that’s what you do, make ...
by Carter
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Looking for a knife recommendation
Replies: 44
Views: 1531

Re: Looking for a knife recommendation

You may be able to remove the handle and position it further up the tang (I don't remember if the Masakage handle can be knocked off or if it has to be destroyed). Alternatively, you could look at a custom or semi-custom handle replacement. I knocked off a Koishi nakiri handle recently quite easily...
by Carter
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Looking for a knife recommendation
Replies: 44
Views: 1531

Re: Looking for a knife recommendation

You may be able to remove the handle and position it further up the tang (I don't remember if the Masakage handle can be knocked off or if it has to be destroyed). Alternatively, you could look at a custom or semi-custom handle replacement.
by Carter
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Carter Hopkins
Topic: Recent Work
Replies: 343
Views: 42150

Re: Recent Work

Thanks Steve / Jeff, I appreciate it.

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by Carter
Mon Sep 23, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 240mm B#2 Honyaki Gyuto
Replies: 19
Views: 570

Re: 240mm B#2 Honyaki Gyuto

A couple of observations....over the years, I have made handles for a couple of dozen honyaki blades and recently have been making blades using a similar process, albeit stock removal not forging. Many of the honyaki blades are a little thicker along the spine than the typical san mai clad blades, b...
by Carter
Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help/Advice for repairing my handle
Replies: 24
Views: 624

Re: Help/Advice for repairing my handle

TruOil is a durable finish that will seal and protect the handle.
by Carter
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Carter Hopkins
Topic: Western w2 differentially hardened gyuto
Replies: 67
Views: 7945

Re: Western w2 differentially hardened gyuto

Just finished the second 240mm gyuto in W2 steel. The handle is black & white ebony and carbon fiber from @FatCarbon. The saya is also black & white ebony.

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by Carter
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Carter Hopkins
Topic: Recent Work
Replies: 343
Views: 42150

Re: Recent Work

This is a new handle/saya for a Konosuke HD 270mm gyuto. The handle is ironwood burl and the saya is ironwood.

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by Carter
Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New handles
Replies: 12
Views: 349

Re: New handles

Cocobolo doesn't need stabilization, but should be well seasoned....just sealing...but it has to be done correctly, most sealers and oil finishes will not cure on cocobolo due to the oil in the wood.
by Carter
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New handles
Replies: 12
Views: 349

Re: New handles

Cocobolo is a great handle wood, but it really needs to be sealed, otherwise it will turn really dark and dull in a matter of months.
by Carter
Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Carter Hopkins
Topic: Recent Work
Replies: 343
Views: 42150

Re: Recent Work

Shipping Day....always makes me happy!

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by Carter
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Carter Hopkins
Topic: Recent Work
Replies: 343
Views: 42150

Re: Recent Work

A matched set for one of our Forum members....a 270mm Suji (37mm tall and 5.9oz/167g) and 185mm Petty (31mm tall and 4oz/113g). The handles are made of amboyna burl and bog oak supplied by the customer. The steel is differentially hardened W2 at 62-63Rc. https://i.imgur.com/tPb9Ib5.jpg https://i.img...
by Carter
Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Carter Hopkins
Topic: New Knives For Sale
Replies: 37
Views: 6887

Re: New Knives For Sale

This is a 253mm gyuto made of 26C3, a German steel from Uddeholmstrip as a razor and scalpel steel, it is also known as 1.2002 using the German designation. A common comparison point for 26C3 is Hitachi White #1 (Shirogami #1). Devin Thomas likes to call it “Spicy White.” They are both very high car...