|Project by JDBlades||posted 08-14-2009 10:33 PM||2698 views||5 times favorited||8 comments|
A good friend from college commissioned this knife after seeing a number of other knives I had made for friends. He selected the blade, and picked a really beautiful piece of quilted maple for the handle. Since he’s an avid hiker and outdoorsman, I also suggested adding a fire steel to the package so that he could build a fire anywhere, a thought that probably isn’t very comforting to his roommates. I used a scrap piece of the maple for the fire steel handle, and after a ton of sanding, finished the handles with a blend of mineral spirits and spar urethane. After some buffing and oiling, the knife was ready to go.
I used leather for the sheath, but was concerned that the loop for the fire steel might end up being too loose or too tight to be convenient, so I used a piece of Kydex (thermoplastic) and attached it to a leather tab on the sheath with Chicago screws so that it can be removed if necessary.
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