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 the design the client was happy and wanted to move forward.
Here are a couple progress shots to give you an idea of the different stages in making a custom wa-handle and saya. The handle and saya are finished with numerous coats of Tung oil.