My 2017 Knife Swap Submission

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Project by builtinbkyn posted 11-16-2017 11:53 PM 2019 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my knife submission for the LJs 2017 Knife Swap. I wasn’t really sure what would be appropriate for this swap. However after pondering it for a while, I thought it might be nice to have a dedicated knife to keep by the BBQ. So this is what I went about making.

Having been sent some nice figured eucalyptus from KelleyCrafts and turning a pen from it, I knew the eucalyptus was what I wanted to use for the handle. I also thought some ebony would set it off nicely. The blade has a hidden tang and the handle is pinned with two brass rods. The block was formed from a piece of wenge. The handle and block are finished with a few coats of home brew BLO and bees wax.

Unfortunately I didn’t forge the blade as I think it would have been way above my pay grade. But I thought the process of how I made the handle would be of interest to some, which is shown in the pictures below.

Like the two previous swaps I took part in, this was a fun swap and pushed me to try to produce something I had never done. Thanks Jeff for running the show and thanks everyone for the fun exchange of ideas and the usual nonsense ;)

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

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#1 posted 11-17-2017 12:01 AM

That’s a darned pretty knife you made, Bill. And it’s interesting to see the pictures of how you tackled it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 11-17-2017 12:20 AM

I think you picked a knife blade shape that is very suitable to many situations and looks great. The handle and bolster are shaped very thoughtfully and combined with the block are just stunning and well executed. Great build Bill!

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

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#3 posted 11-17-2017 12:47 AM

I’d never considered a “grill knife” but now that you mention it…

Excellent build my friend! The knife has a very nice design and the handle is superb. The block is a perfect compliment for the intended purpose. You never disappoint ;-)

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

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#4 posted 11-17-2017 01:40 AM

Your knife, sir weel keel! :-) Really beautifully executed!

-- 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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#5 posted 11-17-2017 04:01 AM

you have created a beautiful knife Bill ….GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#6 posted 11-17-2017 01:01 PM

love the double color and the shape of it Bill. You did fine work on it buddy … kudos !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#7 posted 11-17-2017 01:14 PM

Bill you made a beautiful knife! Wonderful choice of woods and shape. Thanks for taking part in the swap!

-- 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 11-17-2017 03:37 PM

Thanks everyone. I really did enjoy participating in this swap. For anyone who hasn’t done so, all I can say is give it a go, especially if woodworking is a hobby for you rather than a vocation. It forces one to meet a schedule and to make something that maybe you haven’t tried before. It’s also nice to interact with the other participants during the course of the swap, discussing some ideas and well, the silly banter that ensues is always interesting :)

I realize I didn’t post a pic of what the hidden tang looks like. So here it is.

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

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#9 posted 11-17-2017 05:51 PM

lucky guy that got that knife its your choice of wood and shaping,should feel good in the hand.great job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#10 posted 11-17-2017 08:22 PM

This is a beautiful knife and so nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 11-18-2017 02:56 AM

Great job Bill !! I see your drawing and I also see you let your creative side deviate from it to what you thought looked right. Kudos. I like the way the cove in the guard flows into the shape and angle of the knife block


-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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#12 posted 11-19-2017 12:25 AM

That’s an awesome looking knife! Beautiful work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#13 posted 11-20-2017 02:15 AM

A work of art. Amazing job!

-- AJ

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#14 posted 11-25-2017 02:14 PM

Thank you Larry, Charles, Jeff, Tony and AJ.

Jeff I didn’t plan in pinning the tang. But after considering it again, I wasn’t sure I wanted to rely on just the epoxy to secure the blade for long term use. Three pins would have been too many for the size/length of the handle. After laying out and drilling for two, I saw how the shape of the handle needed to be adjusted. This also allowed for a more hefty and substantial handle, which seemed appropriate for a block knife as opposed to a steak knife that’s part of a set.

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

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