I'm usually one who insists on chiruwa...
and you're the one that is making me smile all the time.
That's what she said! ... No she didn't ...
Hah, all kidding aside, maybe i'll convert to your view if I can get my hands on a hidden tang chopper and log some serious chopping time. The only hidden tang knife i have is a Gelbu Special, and she's such a beaut I don't want to take her out back and beat her just yet.
Removing rouge from wood handles, -without- raising the grain of the wood!:
1-Rub on Murphy's Oil Soap Original formula. Use it straight with -NO water-. Set aside & let it get as dry as it will get. This protects the wood from water in the next step.
2-Get SoftScrub (plain & orange works, -not- the bleach version) [or similar calcium carbonate cleaner] & rub it all over the handle with your hand. Rinse & reapply until you stop getting pink.
3-rub Softscrub into the grooves, which will still contain rouge.
4-get a length of -unwaxed- dental floss (or other fine strong thread)
& with the blade secured somehow (I stick the blade into a big, OLD phonebook beside the sink) wrap the dental floss around your fingers (I usually double the floss to get a little thicker thread) and 'saw' it around the grooves. Rinse & reapply until all the rouge is out of the rings.
5-Rinse, & dry well.
I've rehandled most of my khuks to suit my own grip. Did this 18"WW2 a while back (handle too wide and straight for my liking). Now it is my favorite 18" inch blade in the little collection.
Have fun if you are going to rehandle yours Didn't take pictures for all the steps for it though, but hope it helps...