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Project by RootandBranch posted 06-14-2016 03:51 PM 1465 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first knife. Sarge 440C hardware. Black palm scales. Didn’t like the open spine so I cut a piece of walnut and shaped it to fit down into the slot and around the butt. Didn’t like the clip so I didn’t use it. Didn’t like the screws they included to hold the scales on so I scuffed up the metal and the wood and slathered on the Devcon 2 ton epoxy and clamped it together for a day. Polyurethane finish. I had my doubts about the black palm scales. Love the way it looks but it’s so splintery. What I discovered during sanding was the lighter areas sanded a bit deeper than the darker which kind of textured the handles. Dinged the bolster in a couple of spots with sand paper. Learned a lot. Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 06-14-2016 04:10 PM

Very nice R&B

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#2 posted 06-14-2016 04:40 PM

Looks great, especially with the black palm. How do you like the Sarge kit?

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#3 posted 06-14-2016 05:17 PM

The kit was nice enough I guess. I really have no experience with it other than getting a couple of them for Christmas which sat in the shop until I decided to play with it. I made this one to fit my hand nicely and plan to use it as my daily driver. I don’t tend to abuse knives by using them as hammers but it will get a lot of use cutting plastic banding, boxes and other common warehouse type stuff.

The blade lock works solidly but the blade is very stiff to open. Flipping it open one handed requires some effort. That will probably loosen up some with time. Has an edge but nothing like my Cutco kitchen knives. Those will cut until something significant stops them. I have no experience with how well the Sarge keeps an edge yet.

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#4 posted 06-14-2016 08:17 PM

I like the look of the black palm. Do you think it would help to have it stabilized to make it easier to work with?

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#5 posted 06-14-2016 09:15 PM

It might. You’d have to work with a piece of it to really know what I mean by splintery. I think it’s considered a “grass” like bamboo is. I’ve turned a bunch of it for pens and it’s really wonky about slivers and chips. I found turning it until it’s close and sanding the rest of the way down to diameter works best for me. It’s not a punky wood like a spalted piece is. Once I got it shaped and sanded, the splintery aspect went away. With a healthy coat of epoxy holding them on and the poly over the top, I think it should be fine. And, if it isn’t, I’ll grind it off and start over.

-- Don, -

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#6 posted 06-14-2016 09:26 PM

Very nice looking. I am in the process of making one of these. I don’t like the clip and was thinking I would leave if off. After looking at how nice yours looks, I am sure I will. Probably will use the screws, though.

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#7 posted 06-14-2016 10:27 PM

“now THAT’s a knife !”

Good job, Mate !

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#8 posted 06-15-2016 12:26 AM

Nice looking knife and I do love your choice of timber.

Prior to discovering T&J I turned pens (started making T&J models while waiting for sales). I fell in love with black palm and bought a truckload of it. I always make the display model of all my pens out of black palm (and for the girls red palm).
I found what you did, that blank palm is very “stringy” because of the close “graininess” of the light and dark grain during both turning and sanding. I started patching with CA and artist’s charcoal pencil (and graduated to CA and charcoal powder) but found that alternating between ebony and walnut wood filler with light 600 sanding in between produced fantastic results. This practice I follow to this day as my collection of different styles of pens in black palm is forever growing.

I’m sure you will realise over time that tend to ramble as I am a person lacking the ability to abbreviate and even spell “e” as “endearingsimple5thletteroutoftheenglishdictionarythathasbeenincorporatedintotheamerianone” (in short), and I hope the above might help if you love black palm as much as I do and intend to use it in the future..

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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