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Juniper handled Morakniv 120

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 06-30-2021 04:14 PM 755 views 0 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Morakniv 120 blade with a handle made from juniper harvested from our yard here in Santa Fe. It’s not as hard as would be ideal for knife scales, but it worked fairly easily, and doesn’t smell bad. Tools used were a drawknife, knife, rasps, files, and sandpaper. Scales are epoxied onto the tang. Wrap the sharp bits with blue tape first so one doesn’t mess things up by bleeding on them.

Finished with two coats of tung oil.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 06-30-2021 04:31 PM

looks very nice and comfy to hold GREAT JOB :<))))

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

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pottz

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#2 posted 06-30-2021 04:40 PM

nice little “sticker” dave.

-- 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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Oldtool

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#3 posted 06-30-2021 04:55 PM

Nice ergonomic handle, looks like a good fit for your palm with the slight bow.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 06-30-2021 05:02 PM

Thanks, Tony!

Thanks, Pottz!

Thanks, Tom!

Basically I was working with the curve of the branch, but it’s pretty comfortable in the hand. Not as big as I might want for my ginormous paws, but there’s a pretty good chance it’ll get gifted to someone at some point.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 06-30-2021 05:08 PM

Looks like it would be a really purposeful grip for some task. Not sure what that task would be right off hand but it doesn’t look uncomfortable at all to me. I like the grain, color and the knotty spots too :-) Very nice.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 06-30-2021 05:45 PM

Thanks, Ken! I meant to do that!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 06-30-2021 06:22 PM

it appears that custom means custom as this handle looks to fit your hand only
Very nice

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 06-30-2021 07:10 PM

Good job Dave. Nothing better than a personalized handle. I made a handle out of Black hills spruce and while it is extremely lite, it has a good feel in the hand. Just don’t turn the knife red.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 06-30-2021 07:26 PM

Thanks, Dick. It’s not huge, and I suspect it’ll work for a lot of folks.

Thanks, Dave! Haven’t bit myself with this one. Yet.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 06-30-2021 07:34 PM

Very nice hand made knife. Looks like it will work nicely for you. I really like the wood choice, nothing like using wood from the yard.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 06-30-2021 08:04 PM

Thanks, Jeff! It’ll probably get a test tomorrow after the tung oil has had a chance to cure some more, and when I need a break from building another bookcase.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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pottz

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#12 posted 06-30-2021 08:12 PM



Thanks, Jeff! It’ll probably get a test tomorrow after the tung oil has had a chance to cure some more, and when I need a break from building another bookcase.

- Dave Polaschek


how many book cases you makin dave,you own a library-lol.

-- 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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Dave Polaschek

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#13 posted 06-30-2021 08:33 PM

how many book cases you makin dave,you own a library-lol.

Got eight more I need to make to hold the books I have. Have given over a dozen boxes of books to the library since unpacking. Will probably give away a few more.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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oldrivers

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#14 posted 06-30-2021 09:07 PM

Very nice.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Andre

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#15 posted 06-30-2021 09:24 PM

Nice, what you all call carving, I call Whittling:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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