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Using Buffalo Horn for Chisel handles

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Project by Jerry posted 10-19-2009 11:16 PM 2385 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some old knifemaking supplies laying around and thought, “Why Not’ , I really like the handle and see lots of possibilities here for chisel handle making instead of the traditional “knife scale” usage for this material. I also plan on using some laminated “Dymondwood” for a few later. Anyways, here is how the handle turned out, I really like it and it turns fairly easily on woodworking lathes. Polish as you would any “Hardwood” on the spindle. The other photos are of this weekend’s project of rehandling some old socket chisels I had laying around. The wooden ones are finished with spray laquer (3 coats) , buffed out with 0000 steel wool and waxed. I really like the “Smaller” sized handles for fine work, they just seem to balance well and can be used as a “Paring” chisel more readily.

Enjoy

Jerry

-- "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should be a Store, Not a Govt. Agency"





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hairy

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#1 posted 10-19-2009 11:28 PM

That’s very good! I would bet they feel good in your hand.

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#2 posted 10-19-2009 11:38 PM

Is buffalo horn expensive? It’s so beautiful.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories, http://www.grippingyarn.com

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#3 posted 10-19-2009 11:50 PM

Link to “Buffalo Horn “Rolls”

http://jantzsupply.com/cartease/item-detail.cfm?ID=IS920":http://jantzsupply.com/cartease/item-detail.cfm?ID=IS920

Jantz knife supply has them for seven or eight dollars, here is the link to their page. They have lots of cool stuff, I have ordered from them several times and have always been pleased with the transaction!

Jerry

-- "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should be a Store, Not a Govt. Agency"

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#4 posted 10-20-2009 12:13 AM

I had no idea that buffalo horn would look like that. That looks really nice, as do the wooden handles.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#5 posted 10-20-2009 12:15 AM

Very nice work, unique.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#6 posted 10-20-2009 12:29 AM

a great personal touch.nice work.

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#7 posted 10-20-2009 01:09 AM

It looks very cool , how is it in hand , do you think it would be slippery in a sweaty hand ?

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#8 posted 10-20-2009 01:17 AM

Hi Jerry,

Not really slippery at all, it’s “Typical” usage is for knife scales (handles) where a good grip is essential. Just sort of thinking outside the box here…They are “Sheds” or “Cut-Offs” from living animals and are a renewable resource for many people who raise the buffalo these horns are harvested from. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a vehement environ type but its nice to know they did not simply harvest an animal for its horns.

-- "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should be a Store, Not a Govt. Agency"

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#9 posted 10-20-2009 03:54 AM

good looking handles

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#10 posted 10-20-2009 07:29 AM

I really like the buffalo horn. Reminds me of the fine english turnscrews (screwdrivers) that come with a nice Holland & Holland double rifle.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#11 posted 10-20-2009 11:37 AM

Good personal touch for a tool usually used a lot in the shop. Hmm, I have som reindeer horn. I wonder how that would work?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 10-20-2009 12:58 PM

Those are just wonderful handles friend!

-- Dont just dream it, get up and live it!

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#13 posted 10-20-2009 01:26 PM

Hi Stefang,

I have tried turning deer and elk antler in the past, the problem with that material is its porosity after you get through the shiny exterior layer, typically 1/16th”- 1/8th” of an inch thick. The interior of most “Antler” type material is honeycomb like in structure and must be “Filled” with thickened CA glue to look like anything, almost like working with bone. If you want to “Turn” them this is what I have run into in the past. I like this “Horn” material as it remains relatively void free throughout its entire diameter. ENjoy

Jerry

-- "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should be a Store, Not a Govt. Agency"

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#14 posted 10-20-2009 05:08 PM

Thanks for the warning Jerry. I cut up the rack on the bandsaw and it had a pretty strong burnt hair smell. Not to fun to work with, so I’m not too disappointed. I still would like to use the pieces for something, just don’t know what yet.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 10-20-2009 05:18 PM

Stefang… a friend of mine carved racks into arching and sculptural cribbage boards with a hand held rotary tool!

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories, http://www.grippingyarn.com

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