Knifemaker I am not.

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Project by Tokolosi posted 08-18-2014 10:45 PM 1346 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 08-19-2014 12:00 AM

You are being way too hard on yourself! I am a knifemaker and yours came out just fine. Your son will cherish these cause his dad made em!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 08-19-2014 12:10 AM

My two cents are that you’re suffering from what I call “The Wallpapering Syndrome.” The day you finish putting up wallpaper, it looks terrible and you can see every flaw. However, a couple of weeks later, everything looks great. You did a fine job and your son will treasure your work.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 08-19-2014 09:54 AM

i reckon that’s a pretty decent effort mate, i’d be happy to receive one, (passed to me handle first of course!)

-- Out in the shed making curls

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#4 posted 08-19-2014 10:34 AM

These came out very nice. You did a great job and I am sure he loves it. The box/display case also looks great….like a real “perfessional.” LOL. Great job!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 08-19-2014 05:02 PM

I have one planned for christmas for my brother-in-law for christmas. Great tip on wrapping with tape. Anything else you can advise? (Looks really good btw!)

-- Growing a full beard is proven to instantly improve your handtool skills...

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#6 posted 08-19-2014 06:00 PM

Nice job dad! What an awesome gift he’ll cherish

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#7 posted 08-19-2014 07:56 PM

Thanks for the kind words all.

@Jasonjenkins: Yeah a couple of things; Do not peen your wood handles until you have attached the bolsters and grinded them flat and sanded and buffed them out. Only then attach the wood and shape them. Otherwise you end up scratching, burning and discoloring the wood. And once the pins go in they don’t come out.
Other thing is time your time and give yourself enough time. This took longer than I thought and I should have taken twice as long to make them.

-- “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

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#8 posted 08-19-2014 08:26 PM

Well I think you did a Great job on them. And my rules for knives is that if your not going to use them you don’t need them , so they going to get dings and scrapes any way.

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#9 posted 08-19-2014 09:26 PM

i also took on a project of making a knife for my son, except i used moose antler for the handle, and yes it is a learning expierance, so dont feel bad, we all live and learn…i like these and i bet you son will love them..

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

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#10 posted 08-21-2014 12:15 PM

Oh, I don’t know, they look pretty good to me. However, should you ever decide to do this again let me say one thing, draw filing. Leaves a flawless finish if done correctly.
regardless, nice job and a fine gesture.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#11 posted 08-25-2014 01:03 AM

I’d like to have a Dad like you. Really nice job.

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

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