|Project by Tokolosi||posted 08-18-2014 10:45 PM||1407 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
This was a project that I undertook without doing my homework; With my sons 14th birthday coming up I ordered two knife kits from a online vendor. The kits came with a ready made blade, bolsters and pins. And not much else. I did some YouTubing on putting the kits together and with the dusty memories of making a letter opener in shop class in middle school I jumped in. First thing I did was make the boxes the knives were to go in. That was fun. And it was a way of putting off the inevitable. So I got out the ballpeen hammer and started whacking and peening. Made the grips out of teak, zebra and rock maple. I grinded and filed and cursed a lot. I also learned the hard way that its a good idea to wrap the blades in masking tape while working on them. Luckily no stiches needed and the blood doesn’t really show on that black pair of shorts.
But I’m not a knife maker. there are still lots of dings and scrapes on the metal and the grips aren’t perfectly shaped. But I did put a lot of love into it.
I got them done right in time for his birthday. Chose the least offensive one and presented it to him. He loved it! Its on his book case being displayed. He said the dings and scrapes makes it unique!
Happy Birthday Brandon!
-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien