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Project by Thos. Angle posted 2015 days ago 1808 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s fun little project for a Saturday. The Case folding knife is one I’ve had. It’s marked a lot of calves and cut a lot of hay twine. One of the scales broke and the other cracked. I tossed it on my bench next to the stamp block and kept thinking about it.

The other day I got caught up and spotted a 1/4 inch thick piece of Jarrah from some project or another and by it was piece of walnut. Ah Ha, says I to me, knife scales!! I filed off the two brass studs near the bolsters and took the flare off the center one. I cut the wood to shape and drilled the center hole. Then I smeared 5 minute epoxy on both the wood and the knife and stuck them together. I then went to work with the disc sander and the OSS. I finished it off with sand paper and steel wool. I had some stain mixed up and slapped some on the walnut. Danged if it didn’t make it look like Jarrah. Two coats of shellac and some wax and in the pocket it goes.

The belt knife came from Woodcraft. Monte, who owns the Boise WoodCraft asked if I could make a sheath to show the possible buyers how good the knives looked. I bought a kit and it laid around for over a year. I marked out a piece of Jarrah and left it with the blade and rivets. They never could seem to get together. Well, I finally got around to it. The process is about the same as the folder. I thought this might be a good time to try inlaying something. Ebony and hard Maple were available. I’m certainly not on a par with the guys here who really do inlay but it was fun to try. Of course, I couldn’t disappoint , so I carved a sheath for the knife. All in all a fun time and pretty darned easy.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 2015 days ago

Wow, they look really nice, Thos! If you want some more practice, I’ll lend you a couple of knives!

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#2 posted 2015 days ago

Thomas, your woodworking is top notch, but you always show yourself up with the leather work. :-)

Great project all the way around.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 2015 days ago

Very nice Thos. A great job. So are you going to take it to Woodcraft?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 2015 days ago

These look great and the inlay really kicks it up a notch. Of course the sheath is a jaw-dropper.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 2015 days ago


-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#6 posted 2015 days ago

Handles look great, but am I the only one who thinks the little knife is having a bit too much fun with the big knife. Man, I gotta get back to my gutter…

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 2015 days ago

good looking knives Tom … your leather work is top shelf too

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 2015 days ago

Wow nice Handles

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Mark A. DeCou

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#9 posted 2015 days ago

Wow. I give up.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#10 posted 2015 days ago

I like the combination of talents here. Your craftsmanship on both is great. The leather work is fantastic. Renewing old knives, I love. Combining the two you get new and exciting. Far out.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#11 posted 2015 days ago

beautiful work

-- making sawdust....

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#12 posted 2015 days ago

beautiful work

-- making sawdust....

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dennis mitchell

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#13 posted 2014 days ago

Your crafts sure complement each other. Cool!

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Thos. Angle

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#14 posted 2014 days ago

Thanks fellers!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#15 posted 2014 days ago

You can do anything you set your mind to.
I envy anyone that can do that.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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