Skinner Knife Scales

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Project by Dinger posted 01-09-2014 04:16 PM 4875 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my interpretation of the knife scales on the Woodriver Skinner Knife kit available at Woodcraft. The first photo depicts the knives unfinished. The top is Bocote, the middle is Padauk, and the bottom Brazillian Cherry. This was my first experience with Padauk – it smelled like candy!

These are the second knife scall project I’ve tackled. The first was a gift for my brother using a Japanese folded steel kitchen knife kits from Woodcraft. These turned out better. Instead of buying the knife-scale wood packets they have there, I bought some 3/8” thick x 3” wide x 30” long boards when they were having a 50% off lumber sale. I also bought the kits when they were on sale dirt cheap.

I should’ve taken a better photo, but since these knives aren’t that long I wanted them to have some heft. The total thickness at their thickest is about 7/8” toward the lanyard hole. they gently taper toward the blade and there is also a gentle curve where the fore finger wraps around the handle. I shaped the scales using a bump sander, a flap disc sander on and angle grinder to rough in the shape. A dremel was used for final rough shaping and hand sanding beyond that. I spend about a day from start to finish on three knives. I could have probably done a couple more and added only a little more time to that number. I buffed out the steel and gave them a razor sharp edge after applying a pure tung oil. I buffed that surface and added carnauba wax and buffed that as well. The last photo is my sophisticated drying system! lol

All my male in-laws are hunters and these will be used for skinning and field dressing their kills – next deer season that is! These were so much fun (and I’ve got plenty of wood left over!) I think I’ll wait for the knives to go on sale again and load up and make a few just to have on hand for gifts in the future.

Thanks for looking!

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#1 posted 01-09-2014 08:13 PM

That Bocote is a beauty. Well done.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#2 posted 01-09-2014 08:28 PM

Those are nice and I have to agree the bocote is my favorite.

-- Tommy,

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#3 posted 01-10-2014 12:57 AM

Nice knives! I bet the recipients of these were very happy.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 02:46 PM

Awesome skinners! The handles are gorgeous especially the cherry. Like the proportions, very handy. Great job!

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#5 posted 01-15-2014 10:09 PM

Thanks everyone. Posted the pics on Facebook and got quite a few requests from friends and family! Think I’ll spend a Saturday and just knock out 5 or 10 of them to give as gifts.

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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