Knife Set for BBQ Swap

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Project by HokieKen posted 07-01-2019 12:48 PM 506 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a pair of knives I made for the recently finished Backyard Barbecue Swap. The swap was a load of fun as always and the swap thread offered the usual high quality educational banter. Thanks in no small part to yours truly…

The first knife is a fillet/boning knife made from 3/32 O1 tool steel. The scales are some Magnolia seed pods that I harvested locally last year and then sent to LJ KelleyCrafts to cast for me.

The second is a chopper for veggies. It is made from 5/32 O1 tool steel. The scales on this one are also from Dave Kelley and are AZ pine cones cast in orange resin. Dave sells these resin cast blanks for scales and for turning on his website. Support your local LJ ;-)

Finally I made a block to hold the knives. I used a piece of Bradford Pear that I sawed out of a locally-harvested log. There were some bug tracks under the bark and I though they lent a very rustic feel to the piece so I decided to leave it live-edge. I cut kerfs in for the knives the inlaid some Walnut in the back to partially close in the slots. I was very pleased with how the knife block came out. I couldn’t come up with a design I really liked before I started. In this situation, “winging it” paid off IMHO :-)

The pear had some nice curl in it too which was unexpected :-)

These went to LJ Keebler1. I hope they serve him well. I’m an amateur knife maker at best and these are my first attempts at anything culinary. Thanks for looking and comments and questions are welcomed as always!

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

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#1 posted 07-01-2019 12:54 PM

Great work Kenny! Keebler needs to post a pic of his fingers so we can check in a few weeks and see if he lost any while chopping veggies :-)

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#2 posted 07-01-2019 12:57 PM

Looks like you put the pieces of walnut in crooked, Kenny! ;-)

There, now that’s out of the way, nice work, bud. Little more curve to the fillet knife than I prefer, but different strokes. And a sharp-looking pair. (See what I did there?)

Nice work!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 07-01-2019 02:32 PM

WOW simply a beautiful set of knifes i love the filet knife in that style and them Kelly scales put them over the top GREAT JOB :<)))) That cookie dude is lucky

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

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#4 posted 07-01-2019 03:07 PM

nice work kenny i love those handles,not bad for your first knives.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 07-01-2019 05:30 PM

So you’re taking credit for Dave Kelly’s work??? I see how that goes. ;+P

The knives turned out amazing, as always. I like the Bradford pear block with the diagonal walnut spacers.

As I’ve said a couple times, I need to make a knife set once we get settled into the house. The Cutco stuff we have isn’t nearly as nice. These knives are just more proof that handmade cutlery is the way to go.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 07-01-2019 07:24 PM

I’m impressed Kenny! You just keep surprising me with your diversity…
I need to check out Dave’s stock for scales! Those are amazing!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#7 posted 07-01-2019 07:49 PM

Thanks all!

Grant – thanks for a swap well run!

Dave – A little crooked is kind of my “makers mark” ;-)

Glad you like ‘em Tony and Larry. Dave’s scales definitely give them a nice look!

Earl – Dave’s lucky I even mentioned his name. I did supply the magnolia pods so it’s basically like I just made both sets ;-)

Mike – Thanks bud. Dave doesn’t always have stock of the scales on his site but if you hit him up directily he can always custom make some for ya. I have a couple more sets he made that are just waiting for me to make knives to put them on!

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

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#8 posted 07-01-2019 11:22 PM

Hey bud, Are you freakin kidding me!!!!. You are a true craftsman. Beautiful work homie.

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#9 posted 07-01-2019 11:31 PM

Those are sooo excellent Kenny! You done good boy! Your knife making skills make me jealous.

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

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#10 posted 07-01-2019 11:49 PM

Super set there Ken! The scales are a really nice touch and the block really sets it all off. Nice work!

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

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#11 posted 07-02-2019 05:53 AM

That is some fancy cutlery!

-- Rick M,

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#12 posted 07-02-2019 11:30 AM

Those make me want to give it a try. Nice work!!

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#13 posted 07-03-2019 04:58 PM

Excellent work Kenny! You put a lot of thought into those beauties.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#14 posted 07-04-2019 01:11 AM

Top three!!!! Well deserved. You did use my scales so…..

Thanks for the plug buddy. Awesome job!

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

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