|Project by InventorFisher||posted 08-01-2015 05:29 PM||1473 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
Back in 1992, my girlfriend gave me my Christmas present and terrified me by saying “if I play my cards right, I get these back!” We married two years later and have been using these Chicago Cutlery knives a LOT. Unfortunately, a few have broken and a couple of the handles are decrepit. So, I decided to learn how to make knife scales. I also bought a special mosaic brass pin to hold the scales to the blade. First lesson, the brass pins on these knives have an apparent large diameter (3/8”) but the actual pin is much smaller (3/16”). Because I loved the mosaic pin (they are my knives, anyway), I decided to open up the hole in the metal to accept the larger pin. Second lesson, high carbon steel is very hard to drill and I ruined a hardened cobalt drill bit opening up two holes in a 1/8” thick sheet of material. Holy cow, this stuff is hard. Anyway, I then applied maple scales and applied epoxy just like YouTube taught me. Lesson three, use lots of masking tape on the knife blade. Make that bad boy totally harmless. Now, I shaped the wood on the handles using various sanders – mostly a table sander and my trusty Dremel tool. For my first attempt at shaping a handle over a metal substrate, I am pretty happy with the output. Finally, I finished the knife using 5 coats of Waterlox. Lesson four, no matter how much finish you put on a knife, running it through the dishwasher will mutilate the gorgeous finished piece that went into the dishwasher. Now, I need to find ways to make a bullet-proof finish that can withstand the heat and high pH of a dishwasher!
-- Inventor Fisher