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Wakizashi Brisket slicer


Gilbert McCann

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Finally finished the Wakizashi brisket slicer. Longest blade yet first habaki (made twice) there were some challenges, but I'm very happy with the outcome. Blade cutting edge just over 14 inches, Go mai construction core steel 52100 with a nickel shim and A-203 outer layer. Handle is ancient bog oak with a wrought iron tsuba and patinad copper cherry blossom overlays and copper fittings. 

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This is a dandy. The A203 pattern caught my attention also. I really like the simple handle contour/shape….it works.

14” must be hefty for kitchen work though however carving through a brisket it’s well suited, which you stated. May I ask how thick the nickel shim stock was to start with, as it ended well defined and even in width.

Gary LT

"I Never Met A Knife I Didn't Like", (Will Rogers)

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Thank you for the kind words Gentlemen. @Gary LT It's probably lighter than you think. The customer uses a pinch grip so I used heavier handle materials to help with balance. The balance point is just in front of the habaki. The weight is 15.44 oz and the blade at the habaki is .205 and mid way  .142. Finally to answer your question .005 nickel and I started with a 3/16 core and 1/4 inch outer layer 1 1/2×4 1/2 drawn-out to about 18 inches. 

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Lovely! As others have stated, the A203 layer works very well!

 

I do not see a pin in the bog oak and obviously no ito to secure the kashira, so I am curious. Might I ask how you constructed the handle? I imagine that the oak was pierced rather than split in halves? Does the nakago still have a traditional form? Did you extend it through to pin or thread the kashira?

 

 

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@Francis Gastellu Thank you. Yes  drilled/ milled the handle. It's a threaded thru tang with a nut pulling it tight It's slightly recessed. The kashira (I had to look that and nakago up) has 2 pins and is epoxied on. Threading the kashira could have been good. 

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@Gilbert McCann, thank you. I imagined the nickel shim would have been thicker, it really came out well. Good control, Bladesmith.!

I haven’t tried nickel stock but will and thank you for the other information also.

Gary LT

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