Custom Handles and Sayas for Japanese Kitchen Knives
Thank you for your support the last couple years. Due to a change in circumstance, I will no longer be offering knives, sayas, or handles for sale.
I am keeping the blog portion of my website up as a resource to encourage new builders to start making their own handles and sayas. I’m happy to answer questions or say hello and am still reachable by email.
Custom Handle & Saya Worklogs
This is an example of a full custom commission. The client has requested a Futana SB Kuro Tsuchime Gyuto 210 mm blade and that Teak wood be used for the handle and saya. I suggested the use of Ebony to accent the golden colour of the teak. After a sketch to show the idea of…
Here is a broad strokes view of a custom wa-handle and black finish saya for a Hitohira Futana SB Kuro Tsuchime Gyuto 210 mm.
When I first started making handles for Japanese knives I didn’t have access to many product examples to compare so I searched the internet for a sizing chart of sorts. It turns out there wasn’t a very detailed one. The best I could find was mainly just “length of handle versus length of blade”, but…
I discovered some Japanese style handle makers out there use a method of construction involving a dowel insert. Essentially the handle and ferrule are drilled out to receive a matching size dowel with a slot cut from the dowel to fit the tang of the blade. I found this method has a few advantages for…