Posted By: Mark KirkwoodI've had all my Fugens re-handled with octagonal cherry + black pakka wood ferule. The difference in clean appearance and pleasantness to use is simply stunning. It is probably worth getting one of the customs advertised on this site if you don't have a tame knife smith on hand.
Note that the knife smith did moan a bit about the smoothness of the tang(s) making re-handling difficult, so we had to have a discussion about it being ok to sand/grind them as required to make it work. The final result was very good. Funny, he also offered a sharpening and thinning service...until he did a test cut with the gyuto and announced that the edge was 'very good' and thinning 'was in no way required'. The blades on these knives are good!
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