LJ friends and gifts. #21: Jamies two face knife ;-)

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Blog entry by mafe posted 08-20-2014 01:16 PM 2486 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Jamies two face knife
perhaps the brother knife…

Hi LJ’s, I have been offline for a while, had a wonderful summer, but ran out of energy at the end.
As some of you know I have chronically pains and this combined with too much happening, kind of got me at the end (two sides).
So I have been comfortably numb for a while (pale face)...
Now I try to take little steps and let life run in the veins again and what is better than to share a little on LJ.

As many of you know I visited my friend Jamie in Scotland.
Just before going I made my self a knife for my carving tools and brought that with me.
While I was in Scotland I made another knife with a friend Ron there and so I decided that Jamie should have the one I brought, so it is now Jamies knife I picture here. ;-) Life is sweet.

Starting of with a piece of cocobolo, a wonderful piece with sapwood giving it a twist.
So I decided to call it the two face knife.

I had a Japanese knife blade, that I thought was suited for the wood, it is laminated and so I thought it was a good match to the two faces.
Next I placed the blade in the wood, this you can see more about in some of the other blogs I made.
Once the blade it was in the block it was time for design, I wanted to make a small knife for carving, and the handle should have a good grip and be nice to work with in all directions.

sawing out the shape on the band saw.

Then roughly the curves.

Final shaping was done on the Supersander wheel, I have said it before; ‘I love that Supersander’.

With this knife I will not try to make it all smooth, it is a carving knife, so I think it suits it to have the marks from the making, so I just go up grid in hand all the way to 600 and then polish of with compound on wheels.

Next is for safety and transport, I give it a small sheath.

To safe my arms I drill the holes for sewing.

That’s the knifes sapwood side.

Cocobolo as we know it.

Jamies two face knife.

If some of you want to know more about making knifes, I have made this: tutorial .

Once again thank you for a wonderful visit Jamie, I am with you all there, even I am fare away, this blog is for bringing smiles.

Perhaps it can inspire others to make knifes.

The best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

14 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-20-2014 01:37 PM

Great work as always, Mads. I know what you mean about a busy summer and aches and pains. Still, my wife and I are headed next week for a mission trip to Nicaragua. This should be very interesting.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#2 posted 08-20-2014 01:44 PM

Beautiful knife, gift and story, Mads! I just happen to have a similar piece of walnut, half heartwood/half sapwood and an old sharpened-to-the split-plane-blade. Hmmm maybe… Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 08-20-2014 02:26 PM

Nice to have you back Mads. Sounds like you had a great summer.

Nice knife, by the way.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#4 posted 08-20-2014 02:35 PM

A fitting name for a beautiful knife!

Happy to hear you are feeling better.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 08-20-2014 03:37 PM

yea i was wondering if you were going to hit the wall with all you were doing, we love life, and sometimes we take chances, and then sometimes it hits us in the face, and we must rest and do what it takes to get our bodies back to normal running speed…that vacation mode can put the hurt on us for sure …huh mads….i love the knife, and that super sander is one heck of a beast…watch your fingers there mads….lol…good to see you…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 08-20-2014 06:15 PM

Cool knife Mads and I liked the way you did the holes on the sheath.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 08-20-2014 06:34 PM

Beautiful work. Interesting choice with the wood, embracing what others might see as imperfection.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#8 posted 08-20-2014 06:36 PM

Nice work, nice product, and fer—sake don’t get burnt out man, we’re all thinking of you and miss youre presence when you’‘re down.

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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Don W

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#9 posted 08-20-2014 07:43 PM

that’s a great knife. Well done!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#10 posted 08-21-2014 02:35 PM

BRAVO !!! The laminated steel and the “laminated wood” were meant for each other.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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Jamie Speirs

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#11 posted 08-22-2014 07:54 AM

Nice Knife Mads Smiles here
Love fae awe thi Jolly Rouges


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 08-24-2014 01:48 AM

That is a beautiful knife Mads, well done.

-- I never finish anyth

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#13 posted 08-26-2014 12:34 PM

That name serves it right Mads. Very cool. Now you can chop up some yummy jalapeno’s. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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John Stegall

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#14 posted 09-19-2014 12:53 PM

In case you see this Mafe, good job on the knife. I like your “dustcatcher” for your sander.

-- jstegall

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