Stanley 5.5 blade knifes

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Blog entry by mafe posted 07-16-2014 04:34 PM 3658 reads 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Stanley 5.5 blade knifes
hanging out with my friend Ron

I’m here in Scotland now, visiting my friend Jamie.
Also have the chance to see a few of the lads from last year, one of them is Ron, Ron has a thing with knifes, so when he saw a knife I had made he said I could drop it of at his place…
The day before Jamie showed me a old worn out Stanley 5.5 blade he had lying around.
2+2=knife… ok I’m not a mathematician, more a magician I guess.
So I said to Ron; ’ if you have a few hours we will make you a knife’, and so we did.

This is Ron, he is a wee bit camera shy, but once I got him playing with tools, he did not mind.
First part was to cut into the old blade.
The only trick is plenty of cooling, so we keep the hardening.

You see, first rough out.
As you can see that blade was about ready to say goodbye.
We also did the first work on the edge.

Now my turn to make sparks.
(And burn a hole in my nylon-shirt).

Once the blade is cut, time for the tang.

Plenty of water!

Then time to get closer to the result on a wee disc sander, again plenty of water.

That’s close enough.

Now sanding with grids 120-240-320-600.

Want to keep it a wee bit rustic, so we can see it’s handmade and tell stories.

Now a piece of iron spalted beech, Jamie offered me for another project, the cut of now gets life too.
I drill a series of holes for the tang in my version.

Shaping a sawing on the band saw.

Ron came with this…............................................
Naaaaaaaaaa Ron!

So he made a second go and we tried a different blade mount approach.
Drilled a hole, split a dowel in two and wedged the blade in – it works.

First shaping are done on Jamies monster sander.
I can’t tell you how much I love that tool!
Me want!!!

Also the spindle sander comes in handy.
Never really understood how powerful a tool it is until now.
Look how wonderfully focused Ron is.

Now sanded to shape.
Then grid 240-320-600.

And a little oil brings out the life of the wood.

Time to give the blades an edge.

Sweet time in shop, got to love being here.
Yes I do wear reading glasses. ;-)

So here they are two sharp boys, from scrap wood and a old Stanley 5.5 blade.
Two and a half hour I estimate.

I think we can be proud of this.
Top picture Ron, under mine.

Thank you for a wonderful time Ron, it is my first ever home made Stanley knife…

Hope it can inspire others to make tools.

The best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

23 comments so far

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Don W

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#1 posted 07-16-2014 04:46 PM

Nice work Mads.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 07-16-2014 04:48 PM

Awesome knife Mafe, very cool, that handle is beautiful too.
If you ever come to Oregon in the States, feel free to drop one off at my house too! ;-)


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#3 posted 07-16-2014 04:51 PM

Nice blog Mads and it’s great to see what can be done when someone (you in this case) just knows how to do it. Great looking and useful knives. I’m not sure what a Stanley 5.5 blade is. What is it used for?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 07-16-2014 04:58 PM

Nice work! Congratulations for the friendship.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 07-16-2014 05:36 PM

Fine job you did on those knives. How I would love to have that big horizontal sander, too!!

Cheers my friend!!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 07-16-2014 08:56 PM

a very fine time, making tools from tools going bad, that is a great thing to do, ive got some old blades that i feel inspired to use for making a few knives for my boys…thanks mads…have a great time there…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 07-16-2014 09:16 PM

Nice Hat.

Wonderful knives. Thank you for keeping these great looking projects within reach.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#8 posted 07-16-2014 09:29 PM

Love that handle- and the knife, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 07-16-2014 09:38 PM


It is a worn out plane iron, 5-1/2 bailey is my assumption. If you look at the picture closely you will see the larger eye for the nut on the cap iron and the small amount of metal left on the cutting end. The left side of the image shows the typical taper of the stanley irons. Hence a clever repurposing of the steel.

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#10 posted 07-16-2014 10:19 PM

Good stuff Mads

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 07-16-2014 10:42 PM

So that was the metal shops first project. :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 07-16-2014 10:54 PM

Nothing like watching grown boys playing. Looks like a great time. Wish I could have been there.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#13 posted 07-17-2014 01:30 PM

thats pretty cool Mads.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 07-17-2014 06:34 PM

I bet Ron is over-the-moon-happy with the new knife that you helped him make! So much better than if you’d just given it to him. Hmm I have as blade in worse shape than that one. Hmmm
Thanks for sharing Mads.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 07-18-2014 08:08 PM

Great project sir!

-- I never finish anyth

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