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Old 04-06-2019, 08:02 PM
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A friend of mine gave me this little blade that he picked up in Japan. I am not a knife maker and I have never made a knife handle before but I thought that I would give it a go. Let me know what you think and any advice or tips would be appreciated. Take a look:

I started with some drawings and decided that I would make a brass guard.





Cut some spacers and drew out the handles on some burlap micarta that I had left over from another project.



Making sure it all fits.



Rough shaped the handle and glued it together. After applying the epoxy, I realized that my clamp wasn't long enough so I improvised and used my drill press as a clamp.



More shaping and polishing results in this:



Well, how did I do? Please feel free to give positive or negative feedback...I'm trying to learn.
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Old 04-07-2019, 03:46 PM
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Very nice. Hope it gives you great service
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:18 PM
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Old 04-08-2019, 02:17 PM
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Thanks fellas...
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Old 04-08-2019, 02:48 PM
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Looks good to me. Is that a laminated blade? Should be a great all around hunting and camp knife.
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Old 04-08-2019, 03:28 PM
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Looks pretty cool! Love the drill press idea
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Old 04-08-2019, 04:52 PM
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Great looking knife- you did good.
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Old 04-08-2019, 10:29 PM
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Looks good to me. Is that a laminated blade? Should be a great all around hunting and camp knife.
The blade is laminated (or something?). I'm not sure exactly how the blade is constructed but the center is extremely sharp and has held the edge very well with the limited cutting that I've done so far. I will ask my friend if he can tell me more about the blade the next time that I see him.
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Very nice! One would never know that was your first.
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Amazing work with that knife. How long did that take you? I'm in the midst of making my own knife too. It's always interesting for me to see what other people have made. I kinda grew up in a family of knife carvers and blacksmiths and all that. I naturally picked up a few tips and tricks from my uncle. From a young age, I've been trying to create my own little daggers and what not. Now however I am in search of a new model to try and recreate, something Arabic too. After browsing noblie.eu/product-categories/daggers I set my eyes on ”THE SIGN OF ROYALTY" dagger. Looks super classy with style, just generally looks posh. I don't think I will be able to get all the angles just perfectly right. But anyway it's just something for me to keep my mind busy with. Come to think of it I don't think I have ever once created a perfect dagger or knife. Well, learning is failing and starting over, I'll get better.
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WOW! Nice job. I would have NEVER thought that was your 1st knife handle ya made. GREAT way to get creative with the drill press!!
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Amazing work with that knife. How long did that take you? I'm in the midst of making my own knife too. It's always interesting for me to see what other people have made. I kinda grew up in a family of knife carvers and blacksmiths and all that. I naturally picked up a few tips and tricks from my uncle. From a young age, I've been trying to create my own little daggers and what not. Now however I am in search of a new model to try and recreate, something Arabic too. After browsing noblie.eu/product-categories/daggers I set my eyes on ”THE SIGN OF ROYALTY" dagger. Looks super classy with style, just generally looks posh. I don't think I will be able to get all the angles just perfectly right. But anyway it's just something for me to keep my mind busy with. Come to think of it I don't think I have ever once created a perfect dagger or knife. Well, learning is failing and starting over, I'll get better.
Thanks for the compliment. It's hard to say how many hours I put into it. I finished it over the course of about a week, working on it when I had the time. Making the brass guard was probably the most time consuming part of the process. I already had all the materials laying around from other hobbies so I just used what I had on hand. I have a couple of other blades that I plan to put handles on but those will take more planning. This first one was a test piece to help me learn a little about the process.
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Looks great!
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Old 04-25-2019, 08:35 AM
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Looks like that came out just fine.
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BEAUIFUL WORK!
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