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Santoku with “Old School” Handle


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I haven’t had a ton of knife making time lately, especially for projects other than custom orders, but I managed to squeeze this one in. A 6” santoku made from White #2 and 1018, the handle is nickel silver and basswood to emulate the handle construction commonly found on vintage Japanese kitchen knives. 
 

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The grind is slightly asymmetric and it has a roughly 70/30 edge which I’m interested to try out. 
 

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Pre heat treat and coated with a slurry prior to water hardening along with a 300mm yanagiba you may be seeing more of. Being able to easily straighten after HT is really nice for thin knives like this. 
 

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The ferrule process. The strength of the metal makes the fit up much easier and also let’s you develop significantly more compressive force (I fit it ~50% down before driving it home). It’s nickel silver and hard silver solder. 
 

Thanks fie looking!

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Nice work Aiden. Is that a Peddinghaus 1Kg Swedish cross peen I see lying on the floor?

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Thank you Joshua, and yes, it is. I’ve been pretty busy lately with non knife stuff so I didn’t re hang it when the head started wobbling. I have plans for a (slightly) heavier Japanese/cutler’s hammer as well though I hate to admit I’ve forged my last half dozen knives with the crusty old hammer I use to hit punches/top tools. 

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