The last swap of the year

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Project by clieb91 posted 11-28-2020 11:22 AM 590 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We just finished up the last swap of 2020 it it was fun one. Here is my contribution to the LJ 2020 Knife Swap. Since I do not have the means of making my own knife as a few of the guys did I went with a refurb idea I ahve been wanting to try. I have carried a Victorinox Swiss Army knife for almost 40 years and love having the tools I need with me everyday. I was able to purchase some on that auction site and create something new for member Rich BolDuc. I wanted to make sure the main knife had plenty of useful tools including a saw, I mean we are woodworkers right? The additional items that went along with that knife is a Classic Mini and a Hybrid Slimline from WC. All are made from Maple and King Wood and finished with several coats of Tru-Oil. To make sure my holes were properly aligned I taped the original blanks to the new scales and used them as my pattern. The knife in the 5th pic is my prototype , wanted to make sure it all made sense once it was out of my head.
The knife in the 6th pic is the one that I received from MisterMoe a first time swap participant, who despite apparently having some troubles turned out an awesome knife. The handle is combination of Bocote and Zebra Wood with some leather spacers. It is a very cool knife.

A big thanks to Jeffswildwood for hosting this one. Hopefully I can do as fine a job as I have volunteered to Host the next one to kick off the new year. With that being said I invite everyone to stop by and give some thought to joining in the 2021 Surprise Swap . If you have not participated in a swap before this is great theme to try your hand at it as you can make anything you want. Plus the added banter of a great group of LumberJocks is always fun. Hope to see you there.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 11-28-2020 12:41 PM

I think the refurbished swiss army knife looks WAY nicer than the original. I like the various blades, especially the saw.

I also like the pen. Kenny made a mechanical pencil with the larger barrel and I’m hooked on the style. Much more comfortable to use.

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

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#2 posted 11-28-2020 01:32 PM

Chris, changing the scales on the swiss army knife is such a great idea. Taking a classic knife and making it personal. I love the wood choice also. Great job!

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

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#3 posted 11-28-2020 01:35 PM

Nice, Chris! I really like the sycamore-scaled Swiss Army Knife Tony sent me too. Apparently this was the swap where that idea was ready for people to build it. Great work!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 11-28-2020 01:54 PM

That’s the way to dress up any old knife. Nice work.

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

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#5 posted 11-28-2020 03:12 PM

GR8 Minds think alike I guess LOL I do like the wood combo on yours GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#6 posted 11-28-2020 03:37 PM

Nice upgrade!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 11-29-2020 06:14 PM

Those turned out really nice Chris!

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

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#8 posted 11-30-2020 07:12 PM

Great idea and great work Chris!

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

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