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Oyster knives #1: working with scraps

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Blog entry by piddlinchic posted 05-20-2014 07:05 PM 1349 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I’ve decided to put my newly found carving hobby aside briefly while I play with some scrap wood and old skil saw blades. My father-in-law makes rustic furniture and I started going through his scrap pile to discover he has a lot of small chunks of beautiful wood. We cut some curved oyster knife blanks from burnt up skil saw blades and I rummaged through his scrap wood and have found some really nice pieces. This is a new endeavor, so we will see how many I ruin before I get it right. This one is from a piece of black walnut (I’m sure most of you already knew that :) )

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#1 posted 05-20-2014 11:25 PM

Pretty cool. I wanna see the whole knife!

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#2 posted 05-21-2014 12:25 AM

I too would like to see the rest of the knife. Looks awesome from here! Not familiar with oyster knives so the shape and dimensions of the blade would be appreciated.

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#3 posted 05-21-2014 07:54 AM

Came out really beautiful. A great way to use those ‘unusable’ scraps. I’ve got lots of those.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-21-2014 10:12 AM

Yes, please show the whole knife. Also, how did you cut the blades out of the saw blade? I go through a lot of blades. Your handle is awesome.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 05-21-2014 10:13 AM

Forgot, Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 05-21-2014 11:50 AM

Sorry, I should have put the whole thing on there. The blade was cut using a grinder. You can actually cut it with the cutting tool on a dremel, but it takes much longer. Honestly, I probably have more time in the blade than the handle. I would have bought a blade blank, but the only ones I could find were straight. From years of eating oysters, I have found that my wrist is always tired because of the way I turn it to get leverage to open the oysters. I figured a curved shape would be more ergonomic. Now I just need September to hurry up so I can try it out!

-- Learning by method of trial and error...right now, mostly error :) http://facebook.com/piddlinchic

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#7 posted 05-21-2014 09:11 PM

Very cool. Thanks for sharing. That shape would make a good marking knife too!

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#8 posted 05-21-2014 09:55 PM

Thanks for the blade pics. That is not only functional, but very cool looking!

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#9 posted 05-21-2014 09:58 PM

Great looking knife! Brings back fond memories of a night at Casamentos in the New Oreans Garden District a couple of years ago.

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#10 posted 05-21-2014 10:13 PM

Could also be used for a skinning knife.

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#11 posted 07-01-2014 06:38 PM

These are cool, is there some kind of tempering you have to do to the metal after you have cut/ground it? How did you get the chrome finish on it? Don’t mean to be a pest just wondering about the metal part of it because I would like to try my hand at blades some day.

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