Zebrawood Hunting Knife

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Project by JDBlades posted 06-28-2009 04:58 AM 2256 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this knife for a friend after he saw the knives I had made for some other friends (also posted on this site). He picked the blade and requested zebrawood for the handle, which I had never worked with before. I was a little nervous since I’d read that it can be brittle, but things worked out just fine. I finished it with 8 coats of a 50-50 mix of Minwax spar urethane and mineral spirits in an attempt to get rid of the annoying brush strokes that were painfully evident (at least to me) in past knives I’ve made. This is the fourth knife I’ve made so far, and the first with bolsters, which made it a bit of an adventure. Overall, I think it came out pretty well. Comments, suggestions, good jokes and all other manner of verbiage welcome.

-- I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it - Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 06-28-2009 05:01 AM

Hey JD
A fine knife beautiful wood.


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#2 posted 06-28-2009 05:07 AM

Very nice job Jim. I like that wood.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#3 posted 06-28-2009 05:30 AM

Looks good! Nice job…...........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 06-28-2009 05:57 AM

Very well done. Do you actually make the blade as well or is it something you order?

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#5 posted 06-28-2009 07:47 AM

Very nice looking knife! Do you have a good source to buy the knife blanks? I’ve been looking for a good place to buy some from. Also, how do you attatch the wood to the blank? Is it just epoxied to the metal then pinned?

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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#6 posted 06-28-2009 11:31 AM

this is a beutiful knife

I am eager to hear the answers to all the previous questions as they were exactly what i thought of when seeing your knife (i have a favourite cooks knife with plastic handle that i was silly enough to stick in the oven with a roast, the roast was alright but the knife handle didnt survive so it needs a new one)


-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#7 posted 06-28-2009 12:50 PM

That is one good looking knife…nice job JD.

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#8 posted 06-28-2009 12:57 PM

Nicely done. How you made the ferrule and from what material?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 06-28-2009 01:30 PM


I have a blade some Zebrawood and Padauk. Was just down in Gatlinberg.

Stopped at Smokey Mountain Knife Works and got some blanks.

I’ll have to see if mine comes out as nice looking.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#10 posted 06-28-2009 02:59 PM

Great Job done here.
I would love just to hold it and use it.
Looks great.

-- R

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#11 posted 06-28-2009 03:01 PM

Very nice looking knife. A great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#12 posted 06-28-2009 03:05 PM

A very nice looking hunting knife. I’d be proud to own one just like it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 06-28-2009 03:33 PM

Wow everybody, thanks so much for all the kind words. I’ll do what I can to answer everyone’s questions.

Sadly, I don’t make my own blades. As cool as it would be to forge, grind, etc. a blade out of a flat piece of steel, I don’t really have the time or proper equipment for a project of that magnitude. I’ve bought all of my knife blanks thus far from the Texas Knifemaker’s Supply, at North Coast Knives, at also has a great selection, although I haven’t actually purchased from them yet.

After lining up and drilling holes in the blanks, I attach them to the blade with DevCon 2-Ton epoxy, which has worked very well for me thus far. The pins are primarily used to keep the blanks in alignment with the blade, while the epoxy does the hard work of actually keeping the knife sticking together. The bolsters (metal bit between the wood and the blade) were actually available custom shaped for this knife, and are made of a nickel/silver mix.

Hooky, glad to hear the roast survived in good condition. One of my first knife repair projects was fixing a small paring knife of my mom’s that had a cheap black plastic handle that was slowly but surely chipping off. It’s new tiger maple handle looks a lot better, in my opinion.

Hope that answered some questions. Let me know if I can be of any more help. Thanks again for all the feedback.

-- I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it - Thomas Jefferson

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#14 posted 06-30-2009 08:07 AM

I recognize the Hunter’s Delight anywhere. The first knife I made was from that blank. Looks good and I’m sure is was fun. Texas knife supply really does have a good selection.

-- Jerod, Austin

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#15 posted 07-02-2009 01:56 PM

tiger maple sounds like a great idea, now to figure out where to get some here in Perth (Australia)


-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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