Second Knife

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Project by LifesGood1 posted 08-02-2009 08:46 PM 1750 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this to give to a good friend for his birthday. I bought the blank from Texas Knife Supply. After peening the bolster on and grinding it down, I decided to try the impregnated knife scales this time. I used redwood burl for them. Unfortunately I never got the surprise from my friend as I had him hold the knife many times before completion, but the handle is ergonomic to his grip because of it. A couple things I learned while making this knife is DO NOT USE 5min epoxy(use at least 30min), drill the pin holes only when you’re a 100% positive that the scales are flush with the bolster, and do not force the pins in on impregnated wood(will split). I finished the handle with 600 grit and polished it to a shine. The next thing I need to work on is sheath making. For this one, I used some scrap leather that I bought at Hobby Lobby. Before I stitched it all together, I soaked the leather in water for about an hour. Then I saran wrapped the knife and form fitted the sheath to it. It is not the best sheath but holds the blade just enough to work. These things are quite fun to put together and am probably going to make another soon.

-- Jerod, Austin

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#1 posted 08-02-2009 10:44 PM

That’s a good friend who gets this knife…well done.

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#2 posted 08-03-2009 01:46 AM

looks great. nice job. I used to make knives. My son is starting to show interest in making them now. Anyway, I wanted to say in regards to pinning these: I would glue one side at a time for these type of handles. Glue on one side; after it is set; drill it through from the steel side, then glue on the other side, finish drilling from the opposite side. I did the final shaping after they were glued and pinned. This method allows you to concentrate on the joint between the wood and bolster exclusively during the glue-up; and your holes will always be perfectly aligned. (fwiiw)!

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#4 posted 08-04-2009 05:59 PM

Beautiful skinner. Good looking job, well done.

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

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 05:38 PM

great knife…..after my current project list is complete, knives are my next planned endeavor. i try to keep myslef on task, and it gets hard. I have a bowl blank calling out to me from the shelf, but that’s a few projects down the list! Perhaps I am to rigid with me! Haha.

Great knife, I hope mine turn out half as nice!

-- "If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original." - Sir Ken Robinson

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