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Any knife makers here?

Discussion in 'General chit chat' started by Beachcomber, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Beachcomber

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    Used to love knocking out a knife or two and will hopefully get the workshot cleared of rubbish this summer to get back into it.
    I used to import blades from Finland and handle them in a variety of ways.

    Just dug out some old pics of some I have made and thought I'd share:

    Damascus steel blade handles in Sapele:

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    Kitchen knife in Purpleheart:

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    Forged finish blade with handle made from brass, leather and vulcanized fibre - with an old chinese coin paened on the end:

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    Burlwood knife with mosaic pins:

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    One of my favourites - a nice thick blade with vulc. fibre spliced into the handle with mosaic pin detail:

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    Some nice knives there, thanks for sharing. I like the burlwood handle in particular.

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  3. GIRLYPANTS

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    nice knives :up:
     
  4. leaky5

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    I have currently doing my first knife. Full details can be found in the Members Project area over on the British Blades Forum. This has all been done with a Dremel, Jigsaw, cordless drill and lots of sandpaper.

    I am still not 100% happy with the top edge and bolster area and am going to do a bit more shaping on these before final finishing.

    Blade is this http://www.heinnie.com/Knife-Kit-13.5cm---Pearlwood/p--11407/ but finished off with walnut scales.

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  5. Beachcomber

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    Looking good leaky - very good fit on those scales.

    for shaping handles I used to clamp a belt sander upside down on a work bench, tape up the blade and set it running - shaping the handle by holding the (very well protected!) blade.
     
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    I now have the shape just as I want it and have given it the first coat of oil, once I have a few more coats on I will put some pictures up.
     
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    Her it is finished

    This project was mainly for me to have a go at fitted the scales, with the tools I had to hand. The knife was never meant for a particular purpose and the scale wood was chosen to match my rifle stock as closely as possible.

    Tools used were

    Cordless drill, various bits and a step bit.
    Jigsaw
    Dremel and lots of drum sanding bits.
    60-1200 grit paper and Parker Hale Walnut stock oil, of which it has had about 7 coats now.

    Build thread is over here - http://www.britishblades.com/forums/showthread.php?178354-Second-attempt-at-the-scales

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  8. andy46

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    didn't ian aka tatsumi the former mod make knives amongst some leather work,might be worth a search,not seen him on here for a while though
     
  9. leaky5

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    I think he is a member over on British Blades
     
  10. Beachcomber

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    Thats some nice work there Leaky - very nice finish.
     
  11. leaky5

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    Thanks. I have just picked up a nice piece of leather from a local workshop, so can start on the sheath. This is one thing I have never done before.
     
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    Sheath finally finished, that was a big learning curve as well, never done anything like this before. I am happy with it for a first attempt.

    Main lesson learnt, acrylic dye is pretty rubbish. Bought some oil dye as recommended by Tatsumi on British Blades and am much happier with the colour.

    Might change the belt loop out for a dangler at some point.

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    Had hoped it would have been closer to the rifle colour, but not a big deal.

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  13. Kenbarcon

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    I like that, like it a lot. Well done leaky.:up:
     
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  14. allrightscud

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    I've done a few kit assembles, they were fun, started off with the Brusletto kit which comeswith everything you need including shaped handle and sheath leather. Very easyfirst project and good knife. I then did a Karesuando kit with curly birch woodblock which you shaped yourself again, it had shaped leather for the sheath. http://www.attacc.com/knife-blades/I've also made an antler and buffalo horn handle for a Bowie which I got fromHeinnie Haynes. I'm making the sheath for it at the moment. I got into makingknives after I inherited my wives grandfathers leather and saddlery tools andequipment. Tried my hand at cartridge bags, gun slips and holsters for my airpistols as well.
    I'm also in the process of making a knife from scratch, I've got some stainlessbar I've shaped into a blade and harden then fit a handle’ I’ve got some roeantler and some nice pear wood, buffallo horn and ebony to do something with.
    I've not made a knife with scales yet so that will be the next project. There are some nice damascus blank blades on amazon and Heinnie haynes which I would like to complete.
     
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  15. allrightscud

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    Love the spliced handles Beachcomber. Very nice work.
     
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  16. Beachcomber

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    I thought Attleborough Accessories had closed down - I used to get their catalogues for a long time and remember them saying they were closing? Glad they are still about - nice selection of items.
     
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    My first and second knives, used blanks from HH

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  18. leaky5

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    I had some spare leather, which was not really much use for a normal sheath, so thought I would have a go at a multi carry one.
    This was just really to practice leather work. The edges have not been finished 100% yet.

    It can be carried horizontally on a belt or attached to a bag strap. It has the option to carry high vertically or on a dangler to be a bit lower ( I think the idea of this is so it can hang below a jacket).

    Did a bit of bartering with Matty, he made me up the end for the firesteel and I sent him over a couple of pieces of spalted beech.

    Lessons learnt –
    Still need to watch finger nail marks.
    Rear stitching needs to be worked on.
    Don’t try to stitch through a bit that is to narrow.
    For colour matching always try and use the same piece/type of leather.


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    yep.....

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  20. mattyts

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    Sheath looks great Richard :)

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