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Project by bugradx2 posted 11-30-2021 05:33 PM 614 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These skinning knives were made for my brothers and another friend of ours. I made my brothers a leopardwood and zebrawood handle on their knives to match a pair of fillet knives I made for them a few years back. One of our friends was the recipient of the 2nd leopardwood knife, I used it again because I love how it looks on a knife.

The knife blanks are from Camillus and I got them at my local Woodcraft. This was the first time I’ve used knives from this brand and I think I will definitely use them again in the future. We had the good fortune to break in the zebrawood skinner last weekend and it worked very well.

Each pair of scales were grain matched (how did I forget that photo?) so the knife blank looks like it cut through them. Each scale is held on the blank by Gorilla Glue epoxy and pins, I used one mosaic pin in each handle as an accent. I do most of the initial handle shaping with a reciprocating drum sander and then finish by hand going up to 400 grit. The zebrawood shapes super easily and the leopardwood takes a little work. All of them got a coat of tung oil and then 6 or 7 coats of Tru Oil over that to harden them up. Tru Oil is a gun stock finish and I’ve found it works great on knife handles and won’t wear off that easily.

Thanks very much for taking a look at them.

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time





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#1 posted 11-30-2021 05:59 PM

Nice looking knives.

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#2 posted 11-30-2021 10:57 PM

Look great!

Lots of options when you are working with small pieces of wood.

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#3 posted 12-01-2021 01:39 AM

Nice looking knives. I’m curious about the finish. Does the tung oil do something that the Tru oil alone doesn’t do?

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#4 posted 12-01-2021 03:16 PM

man those are real sweet.they gotta appreciate those.

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#5 posted 12-01-2021 06:09 PM


Nice looking knives. I m curious about the finish. Does the tung oil do something that the Tru oil alone doesn t do?

- swirt

So I’ve found that putting a coat tung oil puts more of a luster into finished piece and really makes the grain show up better when underneath the Tru Oil. I took a separate piece of the leopardwood and zebrawood and did some experimental finish types on them. It allowed me to see what I liked without risking anything on the actual final project.

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#6 posted 12-01-2021 06:10 PM

Thanks all for the kind words, it’s appreciated. The recipients were very excited when they saw them.

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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#7 posted 12-02-2021 02:49 AM

Thanks for the added detail on the finish. I’m a big fan of pure tung oil but have never used it as an undercoat before.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#8 posted 12-02-2021 08:49 PM

I’m happy to share any info I’ve got. I put a copy of the test strips in the photos section for this post. I write on the back of the test strip what’s been applied to each section so that I can remember later on when I come back to it. The tung oil is really what’s doing the “finish” work, the Tru Oil seals and really hardens the scale.

I prefer a knife that’s going to be used have a bit of a harder finish on it, especially in this case because it’s going to get exposed to liquids. As luck would have it, the brother who got the zebrawood blade got a deer last weekend and we used his new knife. It worked great.


Thanks for the added detail on the finish. I m a big fan of pure tung oil but have never used it as an undercoat before.

- swirt


-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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