Padauk Tanto-style knife

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Project by Dinger posted 03-23-2014 10:50 PM 3438 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest knife. Handle is padauk on a Woodcraft Tanto-style knife kit. Not a fan of the rivets that come with it – although these were better than the last ones. I like the golden tones that came out in this one. Fantastic! Too bad it’s for a friend. Almost as bad as the Cherry Humidor ! I like the bevel design on this. It really went well with the lines of the blade. This was also my first experience with a spoke shave. I used it for shaping. I still used a Dremel for final shaping, but this was way less messy and was good for rough shaping. Sanded to 320 with a Tung oil finish. I’ll wipe down the oil and add a second coat. Might add some wax. Haven’t decided yet. I really need to learn how to better polish the blade and tang when I’m done. I’d appreciate any insight on that or other constructive criticism.

It’s time for a project for myself! As soon as the weather breaks I’m making my bench. Cut myself good on this one again. Another chisel incident. I need better work holding. I’m also getting much better at photography thanks to a lesson from a pro friend of mine.

Thanks for looking!

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

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 01:17 AM

Too polish the blade and tang, just do it like you do any blade. Work from rough to fine either stone or sandpaper.

I would use sandpaper for the tang to start with.

Looks good, I’ll bet with some practice you will appreciate the spoke shave more and more, and the dremel less and less. You can do some real fine work with a spoke shave.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 03-24-2014 01:49 AM

Nice work!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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