Pocket Knife Handles

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-24-2016 09:32 PM 1460 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a quick little project inspired by Mads ( LJ: MAFE). I saw his knife and I looked at the sad knife I have been using for 60 years and figured I’d better dress it up too. I found this old knife down by the river when I was a kid and have used it ever since in my tackle box and now in my shop. I’m thinking someone threw it away because one of the blades was broken off. I have lots of new knives but this one has a sentimental value and I use it for everything. It had one handle off of it when I decided to make some new ones.

The little handles are made from curly maple and finished with clear lacquer. The way I use it, the blade will get a workout, but it will have nice handles!

Cheers, Jim

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 04-24-2016 09:44 PM

Let there be Life to the old Knife!

Very good Save!

Now, you can use it for another 60 years… well… Pass it on for more pleasure for someone…

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

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#2 posted 04-24-2016 09:53 PM

It,s nice how some old things make ya happy. Ah those memory’s. Nice handles. Now you have another story to tell.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#3 posted 04-24-2016 10:17 PM

Nice refurbishing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 04-24-2016 11:21 PM

I guess we all have a few old tools from “way back” Jim that we just can’t bring ourselves around to throwing them, I still have most of my first screwdrivers from starting my Electrical Apprenticeship back in 1959.
Nice refurb’ & all set for a few more years in the tote

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 04-24-2016 11:24 PM

With all your talent I knew you could “handle” it just fine!

-- Jim, Ca, [email protected]

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#6 posted 04-24-2016 11:25 PM

Nice job!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 04-24-2016 11:49 PM

Wonderful Jim!
Yes new life to a old tool with a history, what can beat that?
You did a lovely job and I am sure it will be your best friend from now again.
Happy I could inspire to bring life back to a wonderful old tool.
Best thoughts my friend,

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 04-25-2016 12:43 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I love this site. It give me so many ideas and encouragement.

Hi Pete. I know what you mean about good old tools. I still have my tools from when I was a tool and die apprentice. Like you, I still have some old screwdrivers, hammers and punches. I still use most of my precision tools all the time, too. I used this knife tonight in the shop already!!

Hi Mads, like the old Abdel grease box that you inspired me to make, this is another one of your fine ideas!!Thank you , my friend!!

Cheers and have a good productive week in the shop…............Jim

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

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#9 posted 04-25-2016 12:52 AM

Nice one Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 04-25-2016 01:34 AM

What a difference, eh? I have done this too and it feels good to give new life to an old knife!

How come you didn’t jazz it up with something a little more exotic?

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#11 posted 04-25-2016 01:44 AM

That is a super job Jim,
it makes the knife very useable all over again.
Love curly maple.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#12 posted 04-25-2016 02:06 AM

I see you have the knife back in in tip top shape. Sometimes you can not get rid of old faithful. They’ve been with you too long. I agree with Uncle stumpy. I was looking to see a wild handle. I guess you wanted to keep it more original. Nice comeback Jim.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 04-25-2016 05:41 AM

Now I see one happy knife and even more happier owner. Good work on that.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 04-25-2016 06:50 AM

Lovely little pocket knife Jim. Also lots of nice memories. Great job on the handles…..”Good as New Again”
You will need to go fishing as soon as possible to Christen it. Curly Maple is beautiful.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 04-25-2016 11:32 AM

Thanks tony, Ray, Bob, Dave, Ivan and Cliff.

Hi Ray. I looked at a lot of different woods like spalted and burl and the patterns just seemed to be too big for these little pieces. I thought the fleck/stripes in the curly maple would have jumped out more when finished. It shows better when you tip it in the light. I suppose Osage Orange would have been better. When I wear these down, I’ll make new ones out of Osage!

Hi Cliff, this knife will never go fishing again. There are others for that. This guy stays in my drawer under the work bench all the time. It may soon be full of glue, etc. but it will feel a whole lot better than those rivets sticking out.

Cheers, Jim

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

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