Stanley 5.5 blade knifes
hanging out with my friend Ron
I’m here in Scotland now, visiting my friend Jamie.
Also have the chance to see a few of the lads from last year, one of them is Ron, Ron has a thing with knifes, so when he saw a knife I had made he said I could drop it of at his place…
The day before Jamie showed me a old worn out Stanley 5.5 blade he had lying around.
2+2=knife… ok I’m not a mathematician, more a magician I guess.
So I said to Ron; ’ if you have a few hours we will make you a knife’, and so we did.
This is Ron, he is a wee bit camera shy, but once I got him playing with tools, he did not mind.
First part was to cut into the old blade.
The only trick is plenty of cooling, so we keep the hardening.
You see, first rough out.
As you can see that blade was about ready to say goodbye.
We also did the first work on the edge.
Now my turn to make sparks.
(And burn a hole in my nylon-shirt).
Once the blade is cut, time for the tang.
Plenty of water!
Then time to get closer to the result on a wee disc sander, again plenty of water.
That’s close enough.
Now sanding with grids 120-240-320-600.
Want to keep it a wee bit rustic, so we can see it’s handmade and tell stories.
Now a piece of iron spalted beech, Jamie offered me for another project, the cut of now gets life too.
I drill a series of holes for the tang in my version.
Shaping a sawing on the band saw.
Ron came with this…............................................
So he made a second go and we tried a different blade mount approach.
Drilled a hole, split a dowel in two and wedged the blade in – it works.
First shaping are done on Jamies monster sander.
I can’t tell you how much I love that tool!
Also the spindle sander comes in handy.
Never really understood how powerful a tool it is until now.
Look how wonderfully focused Ron is.
Now sanded to shape.
Then grid 240-320-600.
And a little oil brings out the life of the wood.
Time to give the blades an edge.
Sweet time in shop, got to love being here.
Yes I do wear reading glasses. ;-)
So here they are two sharp boys, from scrap wood and a old Stanley 5.5 blade.
Two and a half hour I estimate.
I think we can be proud of this.
Top picture Ron, under mine.
Thank you for a wonderful time Ron, it is my first ever home made Stanley knife…
Hope it can inspire others to make tools.
The best of my thoughts,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.