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Project by BrentB posted 01-24-2022 06:56 PM 1011 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is not my first wooden pocket knife, but it is my first wooden automatic pocket knife. I have a friend in Covington Texas that makes beautiful custom knives. He made me the first DA auto conversion knife I’d ever seen several years ago and since then I wondered if it was possible to make one from wood. These custom knife makers keep there auto conversion mechanics close to the vest. I couldn’t find any serious designs on the inter-webs, but I did run across a video of a guy restoring a Schrade M2 WWII Paratrooper switchblade knife.

I like to restore pocket knives with custom wooden scales too and it reminded me that I had one in pretty bad shape somewhere in my shop. I disassembled the M2 and found it utilized a single spring to open the blade and a single button lock, which locks the blade when closed and open because of two notches cut into the pivot point of the blade.

When I saw this I got started on prototype for no other reason than to learn what was required to make this happen. I started out with some old pine for the liners and original blade. I used Bois De’arc (Bodark, Osage Orange, Hedge Apple) for the button lock, lock spring and blade spring. The button lock pivots on a pin inserted through the liner.

Next I started on the scales made from Walnut. After roughing out the scale I cut an 1/8” inch slice with the bandsaw to use as the top of the scale. I used a scroll saw on the bottom piece to cut out the portion that houses the button lock and spring.

It was coming along so well I decided to add a bolster, new blade and badge, also out of Bois De’arc sap wood. I drilled a hole in the top piece of the scale for the button lock, shaped it accordingly then glued the badge to the button lock.

After finishing the brass pins I finished everything with shellac using the French Polishing technique. I really learned a lot. Now I know what I’ll do differently next time and I can’t wait to get started.

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 01-24-2022 07:14 PM

WOW – so neat. There are a couple here that make wooden knives but no switchblades

-- 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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#2 posted 01-24-2022 07:23 PM



WOW – so neat. There are a couple here that make wooden knives but no switchblades

- recycle1943

I haven’t found many folks making wooden pocket knives except fellow LJ Vernon (poospleasures) If these couple of guys you know of have a website or public photos I’d love to see them. Thanks for the comment!!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#3 posted 01-24-2022 07:54 PM

Very trick! Love the concept, nice work!

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#4 posted 01-24-2022 08:05 PM



Very trick! Love the concept, nice work!

- splintergroup

Thanks….the real trick will be figuring out how to add a safety lock on the next one!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#5 posted 01-24-2022 09:43 PM

WOW – so neat. There are a couple here that make wooden knives but no switchblades

- recycle1943

I haven t found many folks making wooden pocket knives except fellow LJ Vernon (poospleasures) If these couple of guys you know of have a website or public photos I d love to see them. Thanks for the comment!!!

- BrentB

Yep – Vernon is one, somebody posted a knife a month or so back but I can’t remember who it was

Found it – it was Brentb – he’s posted a couple

-- 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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#6 posted 01-25-2022 12:29 AM

Great post Brent. Good pictures. Hope some more of us poor wooden knife makers can show some more of our projects. Dick fron Ohio is one of my buddys, we talked about an hour on the phone just a few days ago. I think I mentioned your knives to him. He makes a bunch of very thoughtful, usful and nice products

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#7 posted 01-25-2022 12:34 AM

Sweet Knife, wonderful build you did a great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#8 posted 01-25-2022 01:54 AM



Great post Brent. Good pictures. Hope some more of us poor wooden knife makers can show some more of our projects. Dick fron Ohio is one of my buddys, we talked about an hour on the phone just a few days ago. I think I mentioned your knives to him. He makes a bunch of very thoughtful, usful and nice products

- poospleasures

Thanks so much Vernon….you are my mentor. It means a lot to me!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#9 posted 01-25-2022 01:55 AM



Sweet Knife, wonderful build you did a great job.

- oldrivers

Thank you!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#10 posted 01-25-2022 02:23 AM

sweet

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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#11 posted 01-25-2022 03:02 AM



sweet

- Kerux2

Thanks brother!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#12 posted 01-25-2022 03:10 AM

Very slick.

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

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#13 posted 01-25-2022 03:13 AM



Very slick.

- swirt

Thanks Swirt!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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#14 posted 01-25-2022 07:22 AM

very nice!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#15 posted 01-25-2022 09:15 AM



very nice!

- ronstar

Thanks Ron!!

-- Brent, Johnson County Texas......Resawing is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what you're gonna get.

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