Colton Handcrafted

How to Make Custom Wa-Handles and Sayas for Japanese Kitchen Knives

Colton Handcrafted Ebooks

These ebooks are for everyone who enjoys Japanese kitchen knives and would like to learn how to make their own custom handles and sayas for them. The books go through the process from start to finish, covering the hand tools I use, providing tips on wood selection, and explaining finishing and installation. Follow along with detailed step by step technical drawings and pictures of my demonstration from the front cover.

How to Make Custom Wa-Handles for Japanese Knives follows detailed step by step technical drawings to make a handle that will fit a 210-270mm (8 ¼-10 ¼”) gyuto blade.

Both metric and imperial measurements are included.

How to Make Custom Sayas for Japanese Knives follows detailed step by step technical drawings to make a saya for any size blade.

Both metric and imperial measurements are included.

Price listed in Canadian Dollars (CAD).

Product Reviews

Traditional methods made very simple

Rated 5 out of 5
21 March 2021

I learned everything I needed to know about working with wood and knives from Colton. His methods are easy to follow, intuitive, and best of all traditional. Even now with lots of experience myself and a successful small knife business I still refer to his expertise to refresh my knowledge and solve problems.
Highly recommend to anyone looking to feel more connected to their knives and explore a very rewarding Japanese craft.

Taylor Green

Great guide on how to make Wa Handles

Rated 5 out of 5
7 December 2020

This is a very well written and thought out guide to making handles. From tool selection to understanding grain direction this book covers all you need to know to get started making handles. Not only does he list the tools needed but also why he may have a preference for a specific style of tool, this also applies for the methods he uses for constructing handles. I think the information in this could be useful for anyone ranging from novice woodworkers who may have little or no experience to those who already have woodworking knowledge and would like to have a better understanding of Wa handles.

Michael Gaisbacher

Custom Handle & Saya Worklogs