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For this year's knife swap, I drew Keebler1 as my recipient. Kevin drives truck, and is on the road, so I thought that a carving knife with a sheath might be a good item to send to him.

The knife has a Mora 1/0 high carbon blade with a brass bolster and a two-piece dyed and stabilized spalted maple handle. I shaped it in a more modern style, rather than the traditional slöjd knife handle, figuring that would be more to Kevin's liking. I hope I guessed right!

The knife is finished with three coats of tung oil, each left to dry for a day in the south-facing window of my shop, then coated with finishing cream for a nice smooth finish.

To accompany the knife, I made a belt-sheath. It was my first leather working project, and I used the starter kit from woodcraft, which proved pretty darned helpful. Big thanks to MaFe for writing up every step in the process of making a knife sheath on our SPRAD knife exchange, which I used to teach myself how to make this sheath. You were a great teacher, MaFe! The sheath is dyed royal blue and finished with Resolene so it should last a good long time.

Next up was the bonus knife, a marking knife made with a Hock Tools blade and more of the stabilized spalted maple. I wish I could remember for sure if the wood came from my friend Craig in MN or Kenny, but I got it in a wood-swap with a buddy.

Finally, I made a box to hold the goodies. It's a piece of Red Grandis I picked up at the Rockler store in MN in one of their sale bins, and some ash I had laying around the shop. Nothing too fancy, but I've gotten a lot better at dovetails, so the box came out pretty well, and I've ended up repurposing most of the boxes I've received in previous swaps, so I think a small box is always a nice addition. The closed-cell foam is just set in the box, so it's easy to remove so the box can be reused.

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Mighty Fine swap item.
 

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Very nice Dave. I really like the blue in the handles. Original. Just a great set in a beautiful box. Thanks for taking part in the swap and I hope you had a lot of fun.
 

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Thanks, guys!

Jeff, I've made a few blue-handled knives now, and they always end up being eye-catching. Plus the brass bolsters a friend made for me work very well with the blue.

Thanks for running the swap after I volunteered you. ;-)
 

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Really interesting when I see dyed wood. The blue is certainly eye catching. I may asked for tips on that someday. Great job on the matching sheath. Great all around job Dave.
 

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Nice job Dave!
 

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Nice work, Dave. That blue on maple came out real pretty.
 

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Great set Dave!

CtL
 

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Very nice, one beautiful knife and sheath. Terrific blue coloring.
 

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Dave, it was stabilized at the same time. The maple was spalted enough that it took the color pretty well, but if it had been sound, it would've barely picked up any dye at all. So in this case, worse wood is better.

Thanks, Steve, Brian, Chris and Tom. I initially thought it was too blue, but I think it looks pretty good and Kevin shouldn't have to worry about the colors fading too much.
 

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You are a man of many talents, good work!
 

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Thanks, Hairy! I try to learn something new in every swap, and hopefully make something the guy receiving it will like, too.
 

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I bet they look even better in person but that is one very kewl blue dye job and it is also good thinking as he is a truck driver ….. nice little case also GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3
 

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This is a great set Dave thanks. I will get some use out of them
 

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Thanks, Tony. It actually looks a little dull fresh off the hand-tools, but the tung oil and finishing cream really made it pop.

Kevin, glad you like them. The knife should be a pretty decent carving knife when you've got a few minutes to be working on a piece of wood.
 

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Great job Dave and a good idea for Kevin! The dyed handles turned out really well.
 

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nice knife dave love that blue handle,outta the box idea.
 

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Thanks, Duck and Pottz. Pretty sure I need to get my stabilizing rig set up again one of these days and make another batch of blue wood. Seems lots of people think it's kinda cool.
 

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Gorgeous box for a beautiful knife set Dave.
 

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Thanks, Peter! Funny how the box was just a couple scraps I had laying around. It's like they grew on trees!
 
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