Completed just in time for Christmas!

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This one went down to the wire as I started it late. Got it finished today.

A couple of months ago I found three rather battered Sabatier chef knives – all minus their scales …

This is how they looked when new ..

These are good quality knives and were not worthy of such an end to their lives.

I had this idea that I could bring them back to life. A little differently (of course – that’s where the fun lies. These may be a Christmas gift, but the pleasure is partly in the making).

So I ground away the steel handles (avert your eyes if squeamish)...

Ground away the front bolster for a ferrule ..

.. and turned new handles out of Rock She-oak. This wood has the most amazing fiddleback figure. And this is what appeared …

I managed to get the knives done last Sunday. Today I built my first knife block out of Jarrah. The finish for both knives and knife block is a little buffing oil followed by Shellawax.

Thanks for sharing it with me.

Merry Christmas all!

Regards from Perth


-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at

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#1 posted 12-25-2009 04:27 AM

beautiful work ! congratulations .

enjoy your christmas ,
and the new year !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-25-2009 04:32 AM

I’m no baseball expert, but that is a “Home Run” if I ever seen one. I’m proud for you…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 12-25-2009 04:37 AM

very unique! looks like a work of art… wait a minute… isn’t that what woodworking is all about?

thanks for sharing this one

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 12-25-2009 04:45 AM

Love the arc on the butcher block…nice work.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 12-25-2009 04:49 AM

I am a baseball expert so I do confirm that this is a home run.
Trying to figure out how you inserted the “ground down” metal handle into the wood.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 12-25-2009 04:55 AM

Great restoration on the quality knives and great design on the knife block.

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#7 posted 12-25-2009 05:16 AM

Very nicely done. The knife block is slick and the handles turned out great.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 12-25-2009 05:37 AM

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#9 posted 12-25-2009 05:46 AM

Very Nice job.

Merry Christmas and A Happy and Blessed New Year

-- 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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#10 posted 12-25-2009 05:47 AM

The new handles are great ! How about some details on that sweet knife block ? How old is your Zyliss ? Mine came with Blue guards for it.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 12-25-2009 05:51 AM

Nice job!! Love the look of the oak nad the Jarrah stand.

Again great job!!!

-- J.G.Murphy

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#12 posted 12-25-2009 06:19 AM

Awesome job! Love the design of the block and the knife arrangement, very cool.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#13 posted 12-25-2009 06:20 AM

Fantastic job. Both the handles and the block are excelent. Fantastic figure in the wood. Great design and Re-Design.

Great salvage of the abused knives.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#14 posted 12-25-2009 12:42 PM

This is cool bra! Way to go, all around perfect! How is the block attached to the base? This is smoething to be proud of!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 12-25-2009 04:40 PM

realy beautyful

-- hrvoje

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