Knives made with repurposed material

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Knives that I made. Front three made in 2021. Back right made Nov. 2001. Other two made a couple of years ago. Front two and the one on back left have blades custom made from a lawnmower blade. The Cherry handled one’s blade was made from a broken pair of scissors. Fourth one back was made from a broken knife. All have oak handles. These are not fancy but were made for fun to use in the shop to scrape or pry when you don’t want to use a good pocket knife or carving tool. Also made just for the fun of making them.

-- Max - Birmingham, AL

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#1 posted 01-29-2021 02:12 PM

Very nice use of old material and off-cuts! I can see some pins in the pictures, but how long are the tangs? Full length of the handle?

-- Most of my tools are older than I am

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#2 posted 01-29-2021 04:06 PM

Very cool – I really like the recycling of old into something new and useful.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#3 posted 01-29-2021 05:02 PM

Hockeyfan_019, Thank you for the comment.

These are the dimensions of the knife:

*Position in picture Handle Length Blade Length Tang Length
  • First in pic 6” 2” 2”
  • Second 5” 2” 1-1/2”
  • Third 4-5/8” 3” 1-1/2”
  • Fourth 5-1/4” 1-1/2” 2”
  • Back Left 5-1/4” 1-1/2” 1-3/8”
  • Back Right 5-1/2” 3” 1-1/2”

I did not measure the material when I was building these. I shaped the blade first then just laid the blade on the wood and marked the tang with a marking knife to know where to remove the wood so it would fit. Only the second one has two pins that go through the tang. The others have only one pin. The pins that are not near the blade end of the handle are just to aid the glue in holding the two handle halves together. I understand that the short tangs may make a weak point that will eventually break if used with a lot of stress. So far I have used the back left one a lot in my shop and it has held up pretty well.

-- Max - Birmingham, AL

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#4 posted 01-29-2021 05:22 PM

Thanks for the comment. I looked at your shop knife and your craftmanship far exceeds what I built.

-- Max - Birmingham, AL

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#5 posted 01-29-2021 09:57 PM

Nice collection from the scrap bin. I have often used metal scraps for fashioning profile edges, and other strange and weird scratch stock. Hardly ever have gotten to the point I handled them though. You are probably more a knife guy than I am.

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