Paduak handle knife

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Had picked up some knife blanks in Gatlingburg. Got around to adding a handle to 1 so far. Have some Paduak shorts and some brass screw rivets. The sheath is actually oak and bubinga laminate with leather inserted inside to protect and hold the blade. First attempt at a knife handle.


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

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#1 posted 05-11-2010 10:10 PM

I am not really a knife person though I own quite a few however, (We are not allowed to carry them around here in the UK) I really like this well done.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 05-11-2010 10:37 PM

””We are not allowed to carry them around here in the UK”“

Wtf? I’d feel naked without a knife in my pocket! This knife looks very nice by the way.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 05-11-2010 11:44 PM

Beautiful knife – nice work.

As for Scotsman’s comment… if we are complacent in this country, we will the USA going the same way.

-- Harold

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#4 posted 05-12-2010 02:49 AM

I could not function properly without a good knife most people treat them as a dangerous killing tool and all they are is a tool to be used for a specific purpose.
This knife is a good all around style and a nice addition to many outdoor activities
nice handle and good luck with the rest of the blanks

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#5 posted 05-12-2010 02:51 AM

Nice looking knife Mike! Is it meant to be carried around in your Pocket or is their a Clip of some sort on the back for a belt?

Why don’t you first 2 guys after SCOTSMAN stick to commenting on the “Project”. Instead of Jumping on SCOTSMAN’S comment. i.e. “Wtf?’” and “complacent”? Law in Canada is almost the same. You want to start a “Rant”? Do it in the “Coffee Lounge”. I’d be pleased to contribute. All your doing here is prompting “Others” to follow your lead.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 05-12-2010 03:26 AM

Rick, don’t know had the scraps of the oak and bubinga from a Rebate plane I made. I have some bigger leather pieces may make a sheath for it. I was also thinking of adding a secondary wood on top of the handle to possibly countersink the rivets. I could also put a belt clip and a locking strap on the case, or make another and extend the sides up to hold the knife.

I am also looking at some ceramic blanks. I have 2 ceramic knives I use in the kitchen they are scary sharp. I can cut paper thin steaks, although all my kitchen knives are scary sharp. I am working on a marking/awl handle 6 bucks made by Grog, it has an awl on one end and a chisel scribe on the other got it from Woodcraft.

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

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#7 posted 05-12-2010 03:26 PM

Very nice. As soon as I saw this I thought you were someone else because one of my customers showed me a padauk knife he made just last week! One of the items on my To-Make list is a knife for my father. That is of course after I finish the wife’s To-Do list :-)

-- Mark DeSchepper -- The things I make may be for gifts for others, but making them is a gift to myself.

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#8 posted 05-12-2010 04:24 PM

It looks a lot nicer than my first attempt. Did you cut the handle form with a router template or on a bandsaw? I was too lazy too cut a router template and I don’t own a bandsaw, so I used a coping saw and then had to spend many hours hand sanding. I really like the look of the proud brass rivets.


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#9 posted 05-12-2010 11:35 PM

JoeinDE, I actually cut the shape on my scrollsaw. got close to the lines then sanded the rest I was thinking of adding additional wood on top and coutersinking the rivets but????

The rivets are actually available at Tractor Supply or a Tack Store they are made for leather repair on horse saddles and such. I like them because they are longer and I never did like hammer rivets for knives. If I want to change the handle or it gets damaged it is easier the unscrew a rivet than drill or punch it out.

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

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#10 posted 05-13-2010 06:13 AM

That padauk is nice looking wood. I’m going to have to get my hands on some of that stuff. I have wanted to try my hand at knife making and this makes me really want me to try it even more. I am glad you mentioned where you got those rivets. I would think those could be used on saw handles also. I have a saw that I am making a new handle for and I don’t like the look of the old screws and since it isn’t a restoration of some sort of collectors item, I’m going to make it look like I want it to look. Off to Tractor Supply I go tomorrow.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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