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post #1 of 24 Old 12-29-2009, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Knife handles

I received a woodcraft gift card for Christmas, it came in the mail with a copy of the woodcraft magazine. In the magazine they showed how to make a cool little wooded box for a knife. They said in the previous issue they showed how to make the knife handles. Seems like a neat little thing to do, and keeps in line with my project that don't require alot of wood.

Anyone ever do this?
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If this interests you...

go to www.texasknife.com and settle down and read for a while. They have it all and have been an excellent supplier. I've only done a few orders with them but everything was top notch.
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If you don't want to spend $50-$100 for a knife blade, do what I do. I have bought good knives with broken handles at yard sales for next to nothing. Then I make knife handles from scrap walnut and oak. Handles aren;'t difficult to make, just time-consuming.
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There's a great forum called All About Pocketknives. You can Google that and find the website. There is TONS of information on knife making there. Small projects all the way up to highly detailed large projects. It would be a great resource.

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I buy old straight razors at yard sales and make knives out of them. they hold an edge for a long time. Most of the knives I carve with are made from these or from dull planer blades I grind down. Handles are made for scrape hardwood.

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Anybody know of a good knifemaker in the area of lower Alabama/Florida Panhandle. I have some deer antlers I would like carved into knife handles.

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Files

Files used in metal working make great knive blades. I have made a couple of camping knives in the past using them. It requires alot of hand work to remove the cutting teeth of the file but when polished up, they will shine.
One word of caution, if you use old files, plane blades and the like, these items have been heat treated and tempered to give them durability. If you grind on them you MUST keep them cool. If you are grinding on them and the metal discolors to a blue tint, you have drawn the temper on the blade and it will be soft.
Once this happens the only thing you can do is re-heat the blade till it is cherry or orange red in color and drop it in a container of oil. The oil will not quench the steel as fast as water will. You may even want to heat up the oil some so the thermal shock will not be so great to the steel.

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These are some kitchen knifes I made handles for this x-mas as a gift for the wife. I used Rosewood for the handles and ebony for the dowls.
It was a fun little project. And doesn't use a lot of wood

Oh and I used mineral oil
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Nice !!!

Very nice knives there Weird.

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These are some kitchen knifes I made handles for this x-mas as a gift for the wife. I used Rosewood for the handles and ebony for the dowls.
It was a fun little project. And doesn't use a lot of wood

Oh and I used mineral oil
See that is what I want to do. I'm not looking to make the steel or shape the knife... Not until I run out of woodworking ideas (good luck there).

I have yet to come across a good step by step how-to (anyone have that woodcraft magazine?). Maybe I haven't searched the forum enough to come across one yet, but I know when I started pen turning the hard part was picking WHICH video or write up to test out.

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X2 for Texasknife, and I've also ordered blades from www.knifekits.com
Here's a couple blades I handled in laminated bamboo with 6 or 7 coats of wipe-on poly.
I pigmented the epoxy black for the scales to highlight the matching file work on both spines.



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I have yet to come across a good step by step how-to (anyone have that woodcraft magazine?). Maybe I haven't searched the forum enough to come across one yet, but I know when I started pen turning the hard part was picking WHICH video or write up to test out.
Look at the "tutorials" and "tips and tricks" pages. All you need to know (for beginning):

http://www.northcoastknives.com/

I have been looking into this very thing and this site was VERY helpful. But I have decided that it will quickly become too much $$$ and so I am out.

I thought I wanted a career, turns out I just wanted paychecks.
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See that is what I want to do. I'm not looking to make the steel or shape the knife... Not until I run out of woodworking ideas (good luck there).

I have yet to come across a good step by step how-to (anyone have that woodcraft magazine?). Maybe I haven't searched the forum enough to come across one yet, but I know when I started pen turning the hard part was picking WHICH video or write up to test out.
Try starting here and check out the links on the left:
(he also sells the blades and other supplies for knife making)
http://www.northcoastknives.com/nort..._tutorials.htm
http://www.northcoastknives.com/nort...hints_tips.htm

edit: oops, I see someone already posted the same link but I can't delet my post....

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X2 for Texasknife, and I've also ordered blades from www.knifekits.com
Here's a couple blades I handled in laminated bamboo with 6 or 7 coats of wipe-on poly.
I just got a catalog from knifekits.com. Some blades are expensive, and others aren't too bad.

Thanks for the tutorial links, very helpful. They do look time consuming... so probably not profitable since you would spend $20-50 on materials and then put 5 hours of work into it.... people really pay $100+ for something like this?

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.... people really pay $100+ for something like this?
People spend ALOT more on ALOT dumber stuff. So...yeah. Some stuff I make (which I really like) I would NEVER pay that dollar amount for an item like it, but people do... so I keep makin' um.

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Here's a machette handle I made.
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DVoigt, I have friends who are amateur chefs (read people with too much money that like to cook) who spend nearly $300 on a single cooking knife. It happens all the time.
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Hey there, thereefgeek, you said, "I pigmented the epoxy black for the scales to highlight the matching file work on both spines". Did you buy tint from the site that you posted? Also, were the file markings between the handle blanks dine with a small, half-round file for the hourglass portion and a straight file for the horizontal markings that extend above into the first half inch of the blade above the handles?
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DVoigt, I have friends who are amateur chefs (read people with too much money that like to cook) who spend nearly $300 on a single cooking knife. It happens all the time.
Right, but I would think that is because of the quality of the steel and the ability to remain sharp and because of the handles.

What hunter is going to pay $100 for a skinner or a boot knife.

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Here is a site that sells skinning and boot knifes for around $130 average
http://www.ironcityblades.com/StoreF...28419&c=108471

So someone will pay that much

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