Knife Pair for Christmas

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Project by HokieKen posted 12-18-2017 02:38 PM 1529 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We did a “Dirty Santa” gift exchange with my family this past Saturday. We did the exchange so men exchanged with men and women with women. So, I knew knives would be well received by any of the men in my family.

I started out making a camp knife for the exchange a few weeks ago. Well, when time to harden the blade came, I found out that even with 3 propane torches, I couldn’t get the full length of the blade hot enough to harden effectively. So, I decided to put that blade aside for some later occasion and switched gears.

Woodcraft has several kit knives on sale right now. I have heard good things about the steel used in the blade blanks so I went and picked up a Tanto blank and a Drop-point Hunter blank.

I scaled both knives with matching Bolivian Rosewood. This wood works well and polishes to an excellent finish and sheen but whenever I work it and forget to put my respirator on, I pay for it… I don’t like the look of binding head screws which are what come with the blade blanks. So I replaced them with some stainless steel pins.

I molded a custom sheath for each knife and molded the belt clips into the sheath. This is the first time I’ve molded the clips in. It makes it more work but also makes for a single solid piece. I think going forward, I’ll be attaching clips after molding though. I laser-etched my maker’s mark on both sheathes.

My brother-in-law ended up with the knives and I was glad he got them because he appreciated them and I feel sure he’ll put them to use and they won’t end up in a drawer or box somewhere as keepsakes.

I had a feeling he would get them. I wrapped them in a paper that no grizzled US Navy Diver could resist:

Thanks for looking! Comments and suggestions welcome as always.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 12-18-2017 02:59 PM

Nice pair of pig-stickers there, Kenny! Bummer you didn’t have a forge ready to get the camp knife done, but it never hurts for a guy to have a project or two in the backlog, right? ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 12-18-2017 03:41 PM

Definitely a nice set and the molded sheaths look top notch. Better than the ones I’ve done thus far. It’s nice they will be used and not set aside as a keep sake. I hate when people do that with my stuff. Either way, excellent job!

You did forget to add a pic of the Justin Beiber paper after your comment about the wrapping.

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

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#3 posted 12-18-2017 04:39 PM

Really like the tanto, good job on that set. that Rosewood looks awesome.

-- I refuse to edit the photo orientation for this website any longer. It’s an issue they should address and correct. Gary, Texas

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#4 posted 12-18-2017 04:49 PM

You did forget to add a pic of the Justin Beiber paper after your comment about the wrapping.

- KelleyCrafts

The pic is there. Can you not see it?

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

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#5 posted 12-18-2017 04:58 PM

I’m loving this beautiful set of knifes ….like the gift wrap….... .love the logos on sheaths…...LOVE THE WOOD …....GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#6 posted 12-18-2017 06:10 PM

Really nice work Kenny.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 12-18-2017 06:34 PM

Thanks guys. I wish I could have gotten the blade I was making done but I’m happy with how this pair came out.

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

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#8 posted 12-18-2017 10:47 PM

Really nice job on eht scales and sheaths Kenny! Glad your brother-in-law liked them.
What did you get? Beer?

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

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#9 posted 12-19-2017 12:07 AM

Excellent job on these knives Ken! The rose wood is beautiful and the sheaths are top! I bet he thought he hit the jackpot!

-- 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 12-19-2017 12:16 AM

I am so envious of you who make these wonderful knives. Those are great. I am just ready to start on a knife in order to use the scales that Dave Kelley sent me during the knife swap. I will probably be asking you some questions.

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

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#11 posted 12-19-2017 12:22 AM

Thanks guys!

Vernon, glad to help any way I can but Dave is the expert with those cast scales he makes. They’re very different from wood as far as the processes. I’d definitely recommend him as the go-to guru.

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

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#12 posted 12-20-2017 12:42 PM

Lol. Great looking knives but what cracked me up the most was the wrapping paper.

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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