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Old 01-03-2021, 09:34 PM
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This comes nowhere close to some of the beautiful knives that I see others post here but I'm not a knife maker so please be kind.

I was visiting with a friend recently when he handed me two inexpensive Schrade Bowie knives. He said, "here, why don't you put some new handles on these and you can keep one of them." I've only made one other knife handle but I love to dabble so I told him that I would give it a try. He also handed me an old Winchester rifle stock and asked if I could use it to make the handle on his knife. My friend likes old traditional designs so I toughly modeled his handle (and guard) after on old Western Bowie W49 model. Enough with the story... here are the pics.



The guard is soldered...not professional quality but I think I did ok for a first time...





I added some extra flare to the handle for a more secure grip.









It was finished with several coats of Tru-Oil and paste wax. I delivered it today and my friend is very happy with it. I told him that it now deserves a good leather sheath and he agreed.

For you more experienced makers, I appreciate any constructive advice if you have any to give. I have a few more knives that need handles and I love to glean whatever I can. Thanks.
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Looks like you did just fine, to me!
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Old 01-04-2021, 02:04 AM
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Very nice! There are some handles that you see a picture of and you can almost feel them in your hand just by looking. That handle looks like it would have a perfect feel to it. Again, nicely done.
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I think it looks better than the factory one.
If I was judging , I would say " good job , well done ".
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looks good to me!!
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Good improvement over original.
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Old 01-04-2021, 08:08 PM
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Thanks for all the kind replies everyone. The handle is a definite improvement over the cheap plastic and loose fitting stamped guard that was originally on there. I was happy with many of the things that I was able to accomplish while working on this but I also see some of the flaws. Overall it was a great learning experience and I thanked my friend for allowing me to practice on his knife.
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