Blade guards for hook knives

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 11-16-2017 09:22 PM 2050 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a few hook knives (or spoon knives) I use pretty regularly, and I’m continually dinging up the blades because there isn’t really a good sheath for them. But then I saw jeremymcon’s hook knife case and said I can do that!

Rather than a screw, I decided to make my hinges of wood. I cut a couple small pine scraps down and drilled quarter-inch holes in them and then glued in matching dowels.

They look pretty rough here, but after some time with the plane and sandpaper, I got them cleaned up. Next was the actual case. I sawed an appropriate groove in some oak scraps using a coping saw, sawed them down to the right thickness, and then cleaned them up with the Dremel and block plane.

Then I made a sandwich. Glued a piece of walnut on the back and shaped the pair, then cut a matching walnut lid. Clamped everything up and drilled a 1/4” hole for the pin, then carefully put some glue in the hole in the oak and put on the lids with the pins, making sure there was no squeeze-out to interfere with opening the lid.

Once the glue had dried, I shaped the guards with saw, rasps and files, filled the imperfections in the walnut with CA and sawdust, then planed and sanded them smooth, and finished them with a coat of BLO and some soft wax. I think they turned out pretty good, and hopefully I won’t have to sharpen these knives quite as often.

Thanks for looking!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 11-16-2017 09:31 PM

They look very fine.

Making our own innovations is another art of the woodworkers.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 11-16-2017 09:40 PM

Thanks! And the scraps of walnut I used had “difficult grain” which kept me from using them in anything bigger. It was nice to find a use for them. One other thing I forgot to mention is that I have some little magnets I might use s latches, but for now the friction on the dowels seems to be enough to keep them closed.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 11-16-2017 10:23 PM

Great idea Dave. It looks like they will be protected well. They look to be a real pain to sharpen so anything that will help out is welcomed.

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

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#4 posted 11-16-2017 10:30 PM

Those came out great Dave. I agree that curved blades are difficult to sharpen. I’ve sharpened my share of hoof knives.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#5 posted 11-16-2017 11:56 PM

Thanks, Dave and Duck. Yeah, they’re a pain to sharpen. I can get it done, but it’s a lot more work than a plane blade. The fit is tight enough that the blades don’t slip around any in the guards now. That may loosen up over time, but it’s still better protection than nothing. And it was a fun little project.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 11-17-2017 02:57 AM

Nice work Dave!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 11-17-2017 03:11 AM

Thanks, Steve!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 11-17-2017 10:43 AM

cool idea for a very unique application

nicely done!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 11-17-2017 12:17 PM

Thanks, Tooch. Wish I could claim it was original, but I’m just another who saw the good idea and copied it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 11-17-2017 03:43 PM

Nice job Dave. I’ll be needing to make one of these for my recently received hook from the swap :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#11 posted 11-17-2017 03:50 PM

Necessity is the mother, right? nicely done.

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#12 posted 11-17-2017 04:39 PM

Thanks, Bill. I’ll be interested to see how you tackle it. My version is different than the one I copied.

Exactly, Gary. Thanks!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 11-17-2017 05:50 PM

Ooh walnut! Those are fancy. Lol. I thought briefly about trying to figure out how to do a wooden hinge on mine, but decided it was too much work. It’s good that your knives don’t wiggle around much – mine had a pretty severe taper in its width, so while the bottom of the case is snug, it had room to wiggle near the tip of the blade. I figure it’s just pine it’s knocking against though, and it’s certainly better than falling out of the cardboard slip I had it in before.

Glad I could spread a clever idea. Definitely a very quick and effective way to make a case for these tools.

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#14 posted 11-17-2017 06:03 PM

Thanks, Jeremy! The walnut wasn’t really useful for much else due to the knots in it, but these are small enough that it’s not a problem, and it looks pretty. Even if there’s some wiggle room, knocking against wood is a lot better than other knives. Or fingers!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#15 posted 11-17-2017 08:19 PM

You did a nice job on these guards.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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