I decided that it’s time to tackle the knife handle I’ve procrastinated on. We have had a nice kitchen knife for years that really felt good in the hand, held its edge, and sliced very well. However, the handle rotted away and I decided to do my first handle replacement. I had a perfect sized piece of canarywood left over from box construction that will become the new knife handle.
One surprise (see picture) was that the knife tang was a lot smaller that I anticipated. The blade top aligns with the handle all the way to the end of the handle
Plan of action:
1) I plan to resaw the blank down the middle.
2) Plane the two faces super square and flat
3) I’ll carefully mortise out the tang shape in each half.
4) Then I’ll glue the halves back together with the watered-down glue and paper method.
5) I’ll rough-shape the handle, split apart and epoxy the blade into the handle
6) Give the handle a final shaping and finishing.
If anyone out there has dealt with knives, let me know if I’m off track here.
Making knife material
While searching for articles on how to replace knife handles, I found an article on making marking knives. It seemed pretty easy so I salvaged a reciprocating saw blade from my brother and decided to make my own marking knife. The article used a hacksaw blade but I thought the old hacksaw blade I had was rather thin and when I stumbled upon the reciprocating saw blade I knew it was perfect for what I wanted to do. I’ll make a left and right knife and use the piece of mesquite pictured for the handle.
-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!