2017 knife swap, seven goals

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 11-10-2017 05:03 PM 1361 views 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had the honor of being the moderator for the first ever 2017 knife swap. This is my entry that went to Dave, DoubleDD. First, my seven goals. I like to have a challenge with all the swaps I’m in. Priority is to make a product that my recipient will use and be glad to have. But I also like to challenge myself. Here are my seven goals for this swap.
1) Make a kit knife with a special handle.
2) Do a knife restoration on a really needy and nice knife.
3) Make a knife blade by hand.
4) A knife for the great outdoors
5) A knife for the kitchen or cook out
6) A knife for the shop
7) one has to incorporate the lathe, being a new turner.

First was my kit knife. I bought a kit at smokey mountain knife works in Tennesse. I liked the shape. For the handle I chose walnut and a very hard mystery wood I had. The colors seemed to compliment each other. I cut curves to give the handle a flare. An outdoor knife packaged in a nice box made from wormy chestnut with a carved leather top to personalize it. Goal #1 and 4 done.

Next I found an “Old Hickory” knife that needed some attention and became my restore knife. I removed the handle and gave it a good cleaning and began work on the scales. All the reviews I read about this knife said it is top notch but needs a bolster. I took care of that with gummy cherry handles and added a natural bolster. Great for the kitchen and cook outs. Or maybe a fishing trip. That took care of goal #2 and number 5.

Next was a knife for the shop. I tried a few prototypes that a ran by Dave Kelley for advice. He gave me the thumbs up on this one. Made from walnut and lathe turned with accents of maple and purple heart. The blade is cut from an old circular saw blade, shaped and heat treated. It came out very hard. The ferrull is made from a copper pipe connector. This took care of goal # 3,6 and seven.

Thanks for taking the time to read all this. I really enjoyed this swap and the challenges it presented. I hope Dave like it and it serves him well for many years.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 11-10-2017 05:10 PM

Beautiful knives, Jeff. And great to have and meet your goals! And thanks for running the swap!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 11-10-2017 05:17 PM

Full-on awesome bud! All 3 are keepers and the box with the leather work is seriously great. Thanks for a great swap!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 11-10-2017 06:32 PM

Great work Jeff!

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 11-10-2017 07:21 PM

Dang! Really nice! I think my favorite is actually the marking knife. I really like the tri-color turned handle, as well as the copper. Is there a solid center running thru the middle, or do you just simply glue up several pieces of wood in a stack?

And most importantly, thanks for being the moderator of the swap. I’m sure it was a lot of work, but I appreciate it.

-- Pete

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#5 posted 11-10-2017 08:40 PM

That’s a great set of knives, Jeff. Thanks for hosting the swap.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 11-10-2017 08:42 PM

Beautiful work Jeff, really top shelf! I wish I’d known about the knife swap, I would have loved giving away a knife. I make them all the time.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#7 posted 11-10-2017 08:58 PM

Thanks for all the comments guys. I appreciate them. Pete the started out as solid blocks and glued to the walnut turn piece. Jerry, I wish you would have joined!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 11-10-2017 09:19 PM

Great job, Jeff. I really like the design of the handle on the kit knife. And awesome job running the swap. Went smooth as coon poop on a wet log.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#9 posted 11-10-2017 10:23 PM

Todd, it took more then one try to get that handle right. Thanks buddy!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 11-10-2017 10:48 PM

Let me tell you that Jeff reached his goals and then some. I’ve been using the marking knife for a couple projects already. The restore knife I was just using to make a big batch of pickles. The smokey mountain knife has a hefty blade on it for its size. Still have it on display to show everyone who stops by.
Words don’t even describe the box. It’s almost a piece of art.
Thanks Jeff for all the effort you put in to these.
I hope I get you on the next swap and you strive for 10 goals. LOL.

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

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#11 posted 11-10-2017 11:00 PM

Thanks Dave, I’m glad you like it and it’s getting used!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 11-10-2017 11:00 PM

Nice work there, Jeff.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#13 posted 11-11-2017 05:26 AM

Jeff this is phenomenal. I love all of the knives and would take any of them and be happy but that box just keeps calling to me. I can’t believe how complete the package was you sent. Seriously amazing work buddy.

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#14 posted 11-11-2017 06:37 AM

Pretty cool handles on 3rd and 6th photo.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 11-11-2017 10:38 AM

I,m late to the party again. Those knives you sent to DD are super. He is one lucky camper. You more than surpassed your goals. I,m so glad to have been in this swap. Thank you for all your words of encouragement.

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

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