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Knife handle

Discussion in 'Bushcraft Tools' started by Gazo, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Gazo

    Gazo Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    Hi all I have been given a nice little knife blank that has no handle, I was wondering what is the best thing for me to do to get a decent handle.
    I would like to do a nice wooden handle but don't want to go buying big lumps of hardwood just for a handle.
    Any ideas ?

    here is a pic

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  2. thinkgreen

    thinkgreen Slightly Talkative

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    find a local woodworking workshop and ask if they got any off cuts they would let you have or buy. the bespoke furniture company i use to work for had off cuts of most species of wood from all over the word another option is a wood turner's shop, they should sell turning blanks of all shapes and sizes. good luck with your search
     
  3. HillBill

    HillBill Very Addicted Site Donor

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    Just cut a piece of oak/ash/yew/birch/sycamore/beech etc, stick it in the microwave to dry it out ( if its green.) 2 mins at a time on a medium heat and weigh each time. When you get 2 weights the same in a row, you know you have removed all the moisture.

    I have loads of nice handle materials if you want to buy some from me. ;)
     
  4. Gazo

    Gazo Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    Thanks both, I went and had a good look around my shed yesterday and found this old wooden box and the bottom was well thick enough for what I wanted.
    Not sure what wood it is but it is hardwood for sure.
    So cut a few bits and started to shape them already.
    Still got alot of filing and sanding to do but starting to get the basic shape now. :)

    A few pics of what I done so far.



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  5. HillBill

    HillBill Very Addicted Site Donor

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    How thick are those scales lol :). Your gonna have fun getting them down to size. :D
     
  6. Gazo

    Gazo Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    Already done, still got lots to do on it but getting there.

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  7. HillBill

    HillBill Very Addicted Site Donor

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    Looking ok mate. :)
     
  8. Gazo

    Gazo Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    Finished it off today, it's not the best but it will do and ok for my first attempt. Well I am happy with it.

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  9. HillBill

    HillBill Very Addicted Site Donor

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    Not a bad effort Gazo. Looks ok, and if its comfortable then its all good.

    If you want any advice on future projects mate, feel free to drop me a PM.

    I make blades and knife kits as well as fully assembled knives, Only £40 a blade ;) lol :D
     
  10. Gazo

    Gazo Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    Cheers mate I might look into buying a kit at some point as I do enjoy having a fiddle in the shed :p :)
     
  11. HillBill

    HillBill Very Addicted Site Donor

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    Ya know where i am. :)
     
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    sweet169 Quite Talkative

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    looks good gazo the main thing is mate you have made it and that you should be proud of ;)
     
  13. Gangsta ov love

    Gangsta ov love Very Talkative

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    Looks more than adequate for the job well done gazo
     
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    elliott92 Very Addicted

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    youv'e got a new competitor on the market mark! not bad gazo
     
  15. Gazo

    Gazo Administrator Staff Member Site Donor

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    Ha Ha I would not go that far, but I do enjoy doing stuff like that and always willing to learn from the master. :) I will try another one soon the next one should be better ;)