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First Knife Handle

Discussion in 'Fit & Finish' started by CaptainDevlin, Nov 17, 2016.

  1. CaptainDevlin

    CaptainDevlin New Member

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    I recently joined and a lot the knives on here are very impressive. So far I've only added handles to existing blades and haven't gotten the courage up to make a blade myself. I wanted to show what I've completed so far and get some advice and tips one what I can improve on with my handles and eventually my first blade.

    Back in March my wife ordered me a blade off Amazon for my birthday. It is very simple and it seemed like a good place to start. I don't have workshop at home so I did everything with hand tool in my basement.

    Blade is stainless, I can never keep polished blades clean so I buffed it with some scotch brite. I don't know what kind of wood I used on the handle, some junk from the burn pile at work. The Pins I made with my 3D printer, not as strong as brass but I like the look of the black against the light wood.

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  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I think you did alright. Nothing wrong with putting you own handle on a blade. If you're on a budget, remember there are many great knives sitting in second hand stores waiting to be re-handled. As you grow you'll find knifemaking is multi-discipline, you will evolve in woodworking, metallurgy, chemistry, physics, leather working, photography and so on.

    It's hard to judge a knife without using it. Sometimes what looks really cool doesn't feel right when you hold it. Sometimes what appears odd, just works. You must give it a go and use it a lot. If you are like most of us, you'll be your own worst critic. What do you like about it? What don't you like about it? How does it feel in the hand? How does it cut? How does it sharpen?

    I reckon we learn more doing our first knife than the next five together. The next one will be better and the next one will be better and so on.

    Knifemaking is about having fun.

    Oh yah, welcome to the craziness.

    Dan
     
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  3. CaptainDevlin

    CaptainDevlin New Member

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    Dan,

    Thank you for the great feed back. I did learn a lot on this first knife, mainly that enjoyed it and the sense of accomplishment from taking a naked blade and a block of wood want turning it into functioning knife.

    I have rehandled a knife I got off Kiji, I hope to have a post ready for this one up soon. I believe it is a major improvement from my first.

    I've taken on the challenge of making handles for three blades for Christmas gifts this year and I'm definitely challenging my self on these with the complexity and time line. I'll post these for everyone to see as I get these complete.
     
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  4. Prevenge

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    Welcome to the sharp side!
     
  5. PeterP

    PeterP Active Member

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    Oh Captain my Captain! for the resource available to you, you have done a great job!
    This hobby is one of the most challenging ones, I personally have ever taken on. It all start with the willingness to learn.
    you are on the right track! Keep it up !
    cheers
     
  6. Kevin Cox

    Kevin Cox KC knives

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    Keep up the good work . Remember we all started at the bottom and worked up. One thing you can do when you sand your blade with the last grit make straight pulls on your blade so your scratches are straight and even.
     
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  7. John Noon

    John Noon Well-Known Member

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    Good old fashioned green scrubbies from the kitchen will give a nice pattern for the final go. Green ones are most common and will work well, if the significant other catches you I will deny all knowledge :)
     
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