Discarded pocket knife gets new life, new scales from Masur birch

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-17-2016 09:08 PM 2647 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Discarded pocket knife gets new life
new scales from Masur birch

My friend Flemming passed the shop and gave me a old pocket knife, where the scales were missing, he gave it to me with the words; ‘you can probably make something out of this…

Being me it was impossible not to take the challenge, being you makes you the judge, Flemming saw the result and was pleased, in fact he seemed to enjoy what he saw.

I had a wonderful piece of Masur birch that Flemming gave me some time back, so I thought it would be right to use this on the knife.
First splitting it in half on the band saw.

Then gently tap the brass pins into the wood with a hammer, like this it is possible to locate where to drill.

Then mark out the outline and what side.

Now drill a hair deeper than the pins.
Using a drill bit app the size of the pin, fine with a little smaller.

Rough sawing the shape.
Then less shaping will be needed later.

Carefully cover the blade to prevent glue from sticking to it.
Then mix epoxy and put the scales on.
Remember to clean and sand the surfaces that you glue.

Now apply pressure and leave it to cure.

We got a knife!
Ok it might need a little work to look and feel nice…

Now shape it!
I used my occ sander, but you can use what ever, knifes, files, sandpaper or what you have at hand.

A few minutes later.

From here I will use sandpaper in grids from 120 to 800, don’t skip any grids if you want it perfect, I just did 120, 320 then 800, like this it will have few marks and not look too new, just as I prefer my tools these days.

Some oil will bring out the life.
Beautiful wood, flames, full of life.

Perhaps torture but I brand it.

Once the oil is set, it is time for the finish.
First polish it up to a shine.

Then a wax buffing.

That’s it.

Sharp and ready.

Now it will sometimes live in my pocket and bring joy.
I always carry a pocketknife and these with a story are the best, they bring me a smile each time they see the light.

Hope it can be a inspiration for others to bring life back to tools that was discarded.

The best of my thoughts,

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

13 comments so far

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Don W

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#1 posted 04-17-2016 09:13 PM

Nice save. There is nothing more versital than a good pocket knife?

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 04-17-2016 09:34 PM

Very good, Mads!

You did a Great job!

COOL knife…

I know what you mean about tools with a story… bringing back good memories…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 04-17-2016 10:01 PM

Way to go Mads.


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

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 04-17-2016 11:13 PM

Very good, Mads. You know, around here, a person can be put on the no-fly list for carrying fingernail clippers in his pocket, let alone a knife.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 04-17-2016 11:32 PM

New life for a faithful old tool. Thanks for the visual journey.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 04-17-2016 11:37 PM

WOWZER…........a new knife!! You’re a man after my own heart!!

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

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

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#7 posted 04-18-2016 06:57 AM

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Jim Rowe

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#8 posted 04-18-2016 09:58 AM

Birch Mazur always provides an eye catching result. It often reminds me of flowing water. Lovely knife.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#9 posted 04-18-2016 02:32 PM

Hi there,
JimRowe, Yes that wood are like fire or waves, thank you.
Dutchy, Warm smile.
JimJakosh, thank you, I feel it was worth the effort, now it might become a favorite.
Lew, a small step for MaFe, but a big step for the knife…
MarkW, here the law says 7,5 cm and not a lockable blade. Think it works well keeping people to the use of hands when fighting.
madts, I’m not going,,, Thanks. Foolish me!
Joe L, yes those with a story are the once that brings us smiles when we reach for them.
DonW, a pocket hand plane I would have expected from you… But you are so right, I always carry one.
Thank you for the kind words and the smile I carry now,

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

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#10 posted 04-20-2016 12:25 PM

Very nice Mads.

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

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#11 posted 04-20-2016 08:08 PM

Thank you Roger, send you a mail. ;-)
Best thoughts,

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

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#12 posted 04-21-2016 02:40 PM

godt arbejde mads :)

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#13 posted 04-21-2016 08:02 PM

Smiler, dejligt at give liv til noget som var efterladt.
Bedste tanker,

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

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