Discussion in '2013 KITH' started by metal99, Jan 19, 2013.
ya sorry , tried posting another leather tack tutorial but it wouldnt load
"leather stack tutorial"
I tried swelling the leather up with some gel antique last night but it failed lol. Now it's stained and most likely sealed so I may have screwed myself :/
Ok another update on my leather handle.
After work today I went to Tandy leather and talked to the owner about the handle issues. He has a hammer there with a leather stacked handle so we took it apart. He took a close look at the leather washers in the hammer handle and said that it was harness leather. Pre oiled and waxed leather with a rich tan/medium brown tone. He claims that the harness leather won't keep compressing like veg tan leather so once it's tight it's tight.
When I got home I took a look at one of my many leather handled knives and sure enough it's not just veg tan leather it's dark brown all the way through and it looks just like the harness leather he showed me.
He told me that I could swell the leather washers on my knife with neatsfoot oil and bees wax melted together. I was able to sand off all of the leather dye so I started soaking the handle with this solution.
He said that I should have hardened the leather before I made it into a handle by soaking it in boiling water for a minute and letting it dry completely before cutting my washers. He claims that the leather won't be so prone to shrinking if I did that.
One of my dads friends is a harness maker so I might talk to him about getting some scrap harness leather for my next handle.
Here it is getting a nice long bath lol. I have to keep it in the oven to keep the stuff liquid. If this doesn't work nothing will. Besides the crazy glue trick that I probably should have just gone with in the first place.
Looks awesome jules , really glad it came together for you !!
Thanks Rob but It's not done yet! The washers are still a little loose bit they have tightened up a little. I did some reason on the neatsfoot oil for fixing leather handles and some guys say it took them a few days to get all the play out of the washers.
I hate the fact that they are loose, it's driving my crazy and I could honestly just scrap this one...
Very nice knife buddy. That looks awesome
Looks awesome Metal great job I like it!!!
Looks great Jules. Glad everything worked out. I'm hoping to get to my handle tonight. I did some stoning and polishing last night. I was still shakey from my stag and doe on Saturday lol. Rough night!
Thanks guys, the washers seem tight now but I can't get that oily waxy feel to go away. I guess you win some and lose some hey.
I lost my temper when I noticed the washers were loose again... Now I'm back to the handle making stage... Don't know what rout I should go with now. Should I stick to my original plan and go with leather again? I could use wood but the only solid blocks I have are quite large. I don't want to waste that much material. I did learn something tho! The peened tang is incredibly strong! Even after the rivet was ground off it was extremely hard to get the pommel off.
Now it's time to giver!!!! The clock is ticking :/
have to go leather again buddy !!!
Oh man. I feel for ya. I agree with Rob about going with the leather. You'll win this time. You learned from the experience. Crappy way to learn but the best way to never forget. And I say that from experience on many different things. Lol
Ok leather it is! This time I am going to weld a bolt to the tang so I can tighten it up as needed.
Learning the hard way is my life story haha
Well I just finished glueing the new leather handle on! This time I used epoxy to glue each layer together. I'm going to go with Robs suggestion and finish the handle with epoxy. I did some tests and it darkens the leather up nicely
I used a nut to compress the leather and with little effort I got it compressed about 1/4" so it should stay nice and tight this time! I can't wait to show you guys my pommel nut it's something that I don't think has ever been used before.
Well I had another little setback today... I had done a blueing finish on the blade and was planning on leaving the bevel shiny. So I was sanding the bevels down to finer grits and WHOOPS! I scratched the blueing.... Grr so I spent a couple hours sanding and polishing today and here is what I have so far.
Bummer... But it still looks awesome dude...great work!!!
Thanks man I can't get a flawless polish with the equipment I have but I think it will be fine. I spent hours and hours sanding polishing another blade just to find out that the sheath scuffs them up and fingerprints are a bugger.
So true I feel the same about the mirror polish I like the satin finish myself but unfortunately people get wowed by the mirror finish and thats what they want. Since I typically use 154CM stainless getting the milled coating off completely to obtain a mirror polish has proven to be a bit of a chore over and over...lol!!!
I wouldn't be to worried about it, I think it looks great.
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