Figured Maple and Ebony Luthier's Knife

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Project by Lemongrasspicker posted 03-31-2017 01:56 PM 2335 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was one that I had wanted to do for a while. One of my dreams is to be a tool maker along with my luthiery work.

And as with all things in order to make your dreams happen you have to take small steps. And this was one tool that I really needed so I thought, why not make it?

It’s pretty simple, just some figured maple with an ebony spacer in the middle. The blade is from Mora knives.

The blade is nice because of the scandi style grind, this particular type of edge profile really bits into the wood and gives you a tremendous cutting edge even if it’s not shaving sharp. The ease of sharpening is a great benefit as well.

You could call this knife a Sloyd (and that would probably be the most appropriate) but it’s intended use is as a luthier/violin knife. The narrow blade makes it excellent for cuts in hard to reach places like violin scrolls and guitar soundhole edges.

The profile is simple and follows alot of the characteristics of the violin knives of the old masters. With some added things like keeping the body semi-squared off to prevent it from rolling onto the floor and chipping or breaking the edge.

The box I made from a broken guitar top, spruce is good stuff and I didn’t want to waste the material.

As for the finish I just used Tung Oil. It’s just too easy to apply and gives a wonderful look that I love.

Thanks for reading, have an awesome day!


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#1 posted 03-31-2017 03:35 PM

Nice little knife! I like making Krenov style craving knifes and you just gave me an idea how to do it easier and perhaps a little better looking?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 03-31-2017 05:56 PM

Great looking knife handle and very nice box to go with it. I like the idea of doing this as a gift at Christmas or Birthdays.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#3 posted 03-31-2017 06:55 PM

That is a beautiful shop made tool. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 03-31-2017 08:10 PM

Nice work. The blade shape resembles my old patternmaker’s mill/utility knife from Dexter. But the Dexter is different in that the blade passes all the way through the handle and is removable for sharpening and replacement, and the edge can be withdrawn into the handle when not in use. It is held in the handle by setscrews.

If you’d like inexpensive no-nonsense blades and handles for making special purpose knives, then look here:

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#5 posted 04-01-2017 10:57 PM

Wonderful little knife. I just love those Mora blades. Well done


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#6 posted 04-02-2017 10:43 AM

Truly a fine little knife.
Best thoughts,

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

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#7 posted 04-02-2017 07:44 PM

Thanks you for the comments gentlemen, your kind words are appreciates!


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#8 posted 04-03-2017 03:20 PM

Thanks you for the comments gentlemen, your kind words are appreciates!

- Lemongrasspicker

Just caught that spelling mistake, should be “appreciated”


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