Quilted Maple Camp Knife

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Project by JDBlades posted 08-14-2009 10:33 PM 3027 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend from college commissioned this knife after seeing a number of other knives I had made for friends. He selected the blade, and picked a really beautiful piece of quilted maple for the handle. Since he’s an avid hiker and outdoorsman, I also suggested adding a fire steel to the package so that he could build a fire anywhere, a thought that probably isn’t very comforting to his roommates. I used a scrap piece of the maple for the fire steel handle, and after a ton of sanding, finished the handles with a blend of mineral spirits and spar urethane. After some buffing and oiling, the knife was ready to go.

I used leather for the sheath, but was concerned that the loop for the fire steel might end up being too loose or too tight to be convenient, so I used a piece of Kydex (thermoplastic) and attached it to a leather tab on the sheath with Chicago screws so that it can be removed if necessary.

Comments, questions, 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 08-14-2009 11:16 PM

Like the blade and the fire steel great combo.

Now….where’s mine?? :0)

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

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#2 posted 08-14-2009 11:18 PM

Your friend has good taste in picking out wood. Very nice :)

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#3 posted 08-15-2009 12:35 AM

Great looking knife and fire steel. Nice job on both.

-- John @

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#4 posted 08-15-2009 05:26 AM

Those look great! I’ve got a couple of knife blades waiting for handles. and I’m not sure of the process. Any hints or how to’s?


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#5 posted 08-23-2009 05:14 AM

Purdy knife

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#6 posted 08-23-2009 05:57 AM

Thanks for the comments guys. Kerux, sorry for the late reply, but I just got back to town. Not sure if your knives are full or hidden tang, but here’s one tutorial for each – enjoy, and let me know if you have questions. I’ll do my best to answer them.

-- 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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#7 posted 10-31-2009 04:58 AM

I do indeed have a few questions. I love that you included the fire steel. Where did you get such a thing? I have made a few sheaths before but have not had much luck with getting the leather to hold the form quite like what yours are doing here. Do you heat the leather in water to shape it or do you have another method?
What do you use to create the hole at the top of the handle?

Great knifes!

-- 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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#8 posted 10-31-2009 10:43 PM

Nickel/silver or brass thong tubing (just hollow metal rods) for the hole at the top of the knife. Check out for fire steels in various sizes. For shaping, I dunk the leather in warm water for maybe 30 seconds, and then wrap it around the knife and leave it to dry overnight. Works pretty well. Thanks for 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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