Japanese Handle - Magnolia/Buffalo Horn (octagon)
Magnolia wood is one of the most popular woods used for traditional wa Japanese handles - it’s lightweight and has an extremely low percentage of etheric oils and resins inside. It’s subtle in color (but will get darker with use) and a bit more delicate than other woods for maintaining, but also leaves almost no smell or taste on the hand (and subsequently on the food).
The ferrule of this octagonally shaped handle is made out of buffalo horn which can withstand bigger forces than wood. It is a natural material most similar to wood in terms of how much it shrinks and expands under different temperatures.
Buffalo horn is a natural material that can range in color - in 90% of the cases it’s deep black (with subtle lines) and the rest span from brown to light brown and sometimes even completely beige (also called blonde). If you want a special color let us know and we’ll try to accommodate you.
Available in three sizes:
Japanese Handle - Magnolia/Buffalo Horn [octagon] S
For all petty knives and all other knives to a maximum of 150mm (5.9")
Length: 121mm (4.8") / Weight: 15g (0.5 oz)
Japanese Handle - Magnolia/Buffalo Horn [octagon] M
For all santokus, nakiris, gyutos up to 210mm (8.3") and bunka knives
Length: 128 mm (5.0") / Weight: 25g (0.9 oz)
Japanese Handle - Magnolia/Buffalo Horn [octagon] L
For all knives over 210mm (8.3")
Length: 140 mm (5.5") / Weight: 35g (1.2 oz)
- €10 - flat worldwide rate with DHL Express (express delivery, 2-5 business days).
- FREE - all orders over €300 (DHL Express).
- United Kingdom - shipping to UK costs €15. All orders are shipped with UPS Express (2-3 business days). Free shipping on orders over €300.
- Russia (currently not available) - shipping to Russia costs €40. All orders are shipped with EMS postal service.
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- Europe: 1-2 business days
- US & Canada: 2-4 business days
- Rest of the World: 3-5 business days
Our return policy lasts 30 days. If more than 30 days have gone by since the day you received your order, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.
Handle Fitting Instructions: A step-by-step guide
1) Choose the right handle for the blade. Prepare the work surface and the equipment needed for fitting: the adhesive for wood/metal (we recommend using 2-component high viscosity epoxy glue), natural sealant resistant to corrosion, syringe, small sharp utility knife, sandpaper (optional), thin plastic card (similar to a credit card), a piece of cloth, oil/wax for wood care.
2) Check the initial fit, use a diamond nail file to make proper adjustments to the insertion hole so it fits your blade.
3) Use scotch tape to protect the area of the handle around the insertion hole.
4) Prepare and mix the adhesive; we recommend the use of 2-component high-viscosity epoxy glue. Other kind of adhesive can be used as well, make sure it’s suitable for wood/metal, high-viscosity is optimal as it makes the application much easier.
5) Fill the syringe and infuse the handle so there’s some excess glue coming out of the handle.
6) Insert the blade, make sure it’s straight in all directions and watch the excess glue so it doesn’t reach the unprotected part of the handle.
7) Carefully put the assembled knife down and wait for the glue to dry. The duration of the drying process depends on the type of glue you used, please see the instructions on the glue packaging.
8) Once the glue is dry, remove the scotch tape, take a small knife and clean the excess glue if there is any leftover around the fitting hole. Due to the structure of the wood, there’s a chance some of the glue poured out of the small holes on the handle, this is normal. Use the knife or high-grit sandpaper to remove the glue.
9) Use a natural sealant (resistant to corrosion) and fill any remaining gap between the blade and the handle insertion hole. For high precision use a plastic card/spatula to evenly distribute the sealant. Clean the leftover sealant with a cloth.
10) Final step: use oil or wax intended for wood care and apply it to the handle to achieve the final look.
11) All done, enjoy your new handle.