|Project by OldWrangler||posted 05-21-2014 02:49 AM||1855 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
About 10 years ago when I was seriously deer hunting every weekend of the season, I made a design for a skinning knife and had a smith copy my design on to a good piece of Damascus Stainless Steel. When I finally got the blank, season was over and I put it up for a later project.
About 2 months ago I ran across this blank where I had put it so many years ago. As I no longer hunt I decided it should be finished as a Christmas gift of my grandson who is an ardent hunter. After getting the shape the way I wanted it, I had a friend heat harden it in oil. A bath in vinegar darkened the blade and brought out the pattern. Now I have made a handle for it out of some nice Flame Box Elder I had been saving for something else.
Next comes the sheath. I have some cowhide but I also have a piece of bone-white Sting Ray skin that I think will make the knife that much more showy. I have made lots of sheaths and this one will be no problem. It will be water fitted to the first 2” of handle so it won’t come out by accident. The knife is a little over 10” with nearly 6” of it blade.
I just liked the look and thought I’d share it with you. This will be my last knife as there is far too much work in making one.
I guess the handle qualifies this as a wood project.
-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!