Knife Grips

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-10-2013 09:58 PM 1709 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We were sitting around the camp fire in Black Point fishing Camp talking about wood working and one young fellow asked me if I could make him some grips for his knife. I agreed to do it and asked him if he could drill the rivet holes if I sent him the grips. He had no way to do anything on it where he lives. The blade was a piece of galvanized steel from the Depot that he started to grind to shape on the pedestal grinder in the camp. I said I needed the knife in order to finish the grips so I took it home and this is what I did to it.

I don’t know what the wood is- just a lone piece of reddish wood that he requested. I turned the brass rivets because the ones I was going to use from Tandy were not strong at all. This is the second hilt I made. He wanted a curve to the top like a Bowie knife and when I tried to bend it, it broke . I should have known better!!! This brass was reclaimed from and old lock housing and was brittle.

It is in the mail back to him along with a piece of leather for him to fashion the sheath!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 07-10-2013 10:08 PM

Great result Jim from a piece of scrap, your work with the brass & handles sets it up as a very good looking & useful tool,
Yep that’ll get the job done, the young felar should be very happy indeed.
BTW, did you get any fish ?? ::: )))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 07-10-2013 10:46 PM

Jim, I have to agree with Pete… need to work on your priorites when telling a story like this….the fish should come first then the woodworking details….lol
Fine job on the handles on the knife btw….it should last him several years. The thing I find most impressive is having a grinder big enough to shape a blade that size in a fish camp. Nice

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 07-10-2013 10:51 PM

Nice job,Jim!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 07-10-2013 11:45 PM

Oh, okay. The walleye fishing sucked. Only one caught in the camp the day we left. We caught 150 perch and only kept 6. I don’t like cleaning minnows. The guy and his wife next to me were a tag team at cleaning fish. She would fillet them with an electric fillet knife and he would remove the rib bones and skin them . I learned a lot about cleaning fish from those two from Ohio.
I cleaned the one small mouth we caught and it was real good eating!!!!!!!

Dave , the owner of the camp, has a woodshop in his barn and that is where the kid rough shaped the knife. we did make a field trip to a saw mill in Rudyard for birdseye maple and he only had one small board which he gave me. I did get one curley maple board and 4 clear red oak board for cheap!! Next year, I have to order ahead and get all the birdseye I can carry.

Oh, and the knife is real sharp. I cut myself on it polishing the blade!!

Thanks, guys,.................... Cheers, Jim

ps. here is Dave ( in the middle) with his project from last winter:

This is a double holer for friend who has restored a one room school house to a museum. I want him to join LJ’s. He turns out some pretty good projects!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 07-11-2013 12:04 AM

Very nice Knife scales Jim!! Very Nice!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#6 posted 07-11-2013 12:12 AM

Fishing was so boring that the guy went and made a knife… well good use of free time :)

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#7 posted 07-11-2013 12:22 AM

Well that was a ok trip after all Jim and the knife looks good .
Got a good source for hardwood out of it and a taste of small mouth to boot .
Next year go when they are running ,we go usually by mid June and get lots every year .

-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 07-11-2013 01:36 AM

Nice handle on that “Zombie-Eliminator”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 07-11-2013 02:43 AM

Nice job Jim…looks great.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#10 posted 07-11-2013 03:23 AM

Finished up a good looking knife, good work Jim.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#11 posted 07-11-2013 04:43 AM

I have to say, those are sharp!

Jim, we we use to do a lot of fishing in Minnesota and when we caught perch we found them to be “wormy” and were told by the locals that this happens periodically. How are your perch?

We were after northerns (the occasional muskie), sunfish, pumpkinseed, and crappies and have fishfries in the evening after the catch!

-- "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." -- Aldous Huxley

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#12 posted 07-11-2013 05:05 AM

Great job on the knife grips… He’s going to be happy…!!

As soon as I saw the 2 holer, I thought it was Ice Fishing shack… then, it hit me… LOL
... nice Out-house…! LOL

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#13 posted 07-11-2013 11:47 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. The wood part was the easy part.

Oldnivice, the perch were great- not a wormy one in the bunch. One guy caught a Northern fishing from a kayak. he had his hands full taking that one off the hook. A coupe of Northerns were lost right in front of our camp. They did not have steel leaders and the line got cut.

Joe, it is a real one too. They dug the hole when they delivered it!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 07-11-2013 12:41 PM

Good Work on the knife Jim. Looks great.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 07-11-2013 01:42 PM

Is there no end to your talents Jim, I wonder if your fishing was as good as that of my friend John who came back from a fishing trip a few days ago with three months supply of fish. This photo is of one that he tossed back to grow bigger, I kid you not

-- Harry, Western Australia

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