Putting handles on a Katsura Damascus kitchen knife set

I needed some decent kitchen knives as cooking is my favorite pass time. So I purchased a set of chef knives from Amazon and got to it.

Katsura AUS10 damascus blanks; 8" chef, 6.5" chinese cleaver, 7" Santoku and a 7" Nakiri. They all came without the Logo, matching Mosaic pins and gift boxes. Cost about $291/set.

As they'll been in my Girlfriends kitchen, I let her select the handle material. She liked the Purpleheart wood and Red liners. It's easy to work as far as I concerned.

Progress was slow as per my usual, but this weekend hopes to be productive and I'll get to softening the edges of the handles and using them in the kitchen next week.

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Comment by Brad T. on October 16, 2019 at 16:06

Lars, I'll hunt them down tonight and try to link them here. I believe most of them are in the photo gallery. not sure.

Comment by Lars Ray on October 14, 2019 at 19:37

Hey Brad - indeed I do want to see your "Hit $ Misses"...always looking to learn something from someone else!!!

Got a link or do I hunt your home page? Did I mention these are gorgeous? Hmm..I did...OK - well it worth repeating!

Here is the link to mine...just a photo gallery - no real stories behind the magic.https://iknifecollector.com/photo/albums/from-the-wood-forge

Comment by Brad T. on October 9, 2019 at 14:26

Well I finished my friend's birthday knife. Wenge with Red liners. Wenge is a lot easier to work with than Purpleheart.

Comment by Brad T. on September 23, 2019 at 14:18


I started with re-handling/re-blading an expensive vintage buck 110. Jan has the original blade from that project, i re-tasked it into an Elk tine handle letter opener. Then onto inexpensive knife blanks from ebay. All this is documented on this site, if you want see the "hits & misses".

Comment by Jan Carter on September 22, 2019 at 18:34

I agree with Lars!  They are stunning and that purple heart was a great choice

Comment by Lars Ray on September 22, 2019 at 16:56

Purple heart....nice choice! These will look spectacular when completed. While I enjoy replacing the plastic scales on inexpensive folders, that is not quite as ambitious as what you are performing. Can't wait to see the finished project...

Comment by Brad T. on September 13, 2019 at 14:12

Still working these...when the heat in Chino Hills isn't triple digits.The santoku and Chef knife are nearly finished. But, I have to put them on hold as a friend has requested I handle up a cleaver for her husband in Wenge for his birthday(Oct.22nd). So i'll be concentrating on that for a week or two as time permits.

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