Wooden "stone" knife

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Project by DaleM posted 07-14-2013 01:40 AM 2229 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this knife as a gift for my younger brother. The blade is made of osage orange and the handle is walnut. I got both of these woods from my brother in Kentucky two years ago, from his firewood pile, and brought them back to New York with me. I split the logs and painted the ends and hadn’t touched them until last week. I was going back to Kentucky to visit and thought it would be nice to make something of the wood as a gift, plus I figured then he wouldn’t mind if I took some more (which I did). I got the inspiration from someone on here a few years ago that posted a wooden knife, but just never made one before. I’m not really sure what look I was going for overall, with a primitive looking blade, but a more modern handle and the leather wrapping. I have a few ideas for another one for improvements. Feel free to ask any questions or post any criticisms.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#1 posted 07-14-2013 02:25 AM

Nice job. Looks like napped flint from here ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 07-14-2013 03:03 AM

Thats really cool. I cant believe that blade is not stone!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 07-14-2013 03:56 AM

Beautiful work.

-- Cheers -- g

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#4 posted 07-14-2013 01:06 PM

Thanks guys. I received a private message too from someone that agreed with me that the handle was too modern and finished to go with the primitive “stone” blade. I appreciate all comments and I don’t mind if it’s posted in public because then it helps others too. I may use deer antler, bone and less shaped wood for future knives. Thanks again.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#5 posted 07-15-2013 04:13 PM

Do you mind me asking how you achieved the flint napped look on the blade? That’s awesome.

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#6 posted 07-15-2013 08:45 PM

No problem Oliver. I cut the blade shape out on the bandsaw from top and side view, then angled my scrollsaw up to taper it a little towards the edge. I don’t have a spindle sander at home, so I clamped my handheld belt sander upside down on my bench and used that to further shape the blade to an edge and a point. For the napped look, I used the front edge of the belt sander (rounded part, but you can substitute a spindle sander) to gouge out areas down the middle of the blade on both sides, then angle a little towards the edge and repeated gouging out areas, overlapping the first gouges. I then tilted it more and took light gouges right down to the edge of the blade. I hope that makes sense. If it doesn’t, I think I need to either get better at describing things or get a video camera, hahaha. Anyway, I think the trick is to not be too exact when gouging out the blade. I mostly held it where the gouges went perpendicular to the blade, but intentionally angled it some of the time. Also, I’m attaching a pic of my practice blade, carved in cherry. I used a carving gouge for this, but didn’t like it because the gouges were too tight of a radius.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#7 posted 07-24-2013 08:22 PM

Absolute work of art.

-- A great woodworker is one who can make a masterpiece in someone else’s shop using someone else’s tools.

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#8 posted 07-25-2013 01:26 AM

Thank you very much GrumpyBear. Since it wasn’t designed to be used as a real knife, only as a display, then I guess it does qualify as a work of art more so than anything else I made. Hmmm, except maybe the heart I made for my wife. I think maybe I’ll post that too.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#9 posted 07-25-2013 03:28 AM

Looks like a flint knife. Me likey.

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