WoodRiver Skinner Knife

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Project by epp_dog posted 12-18-2009 08:59 PM 8727 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a cool little knife to make but it was difficult to sheathe. The pattern that came with the knife was off so my first set of scales was lost. This was a little more difficult than their others as the blade and lanyard end both needed to be shaped before adhearing to the knife.

The sheath also presented challenges. The blade to handle ration made a typical “blade in the leather and handle exposed” sheath not work well. I ended up making just a VERY snug fit pouch sheath. The lanyard/ring are actually helpful for pulling that blade out. I also made the internal portion of the sheath curved so the knife is pulled out in an arc.

-- David, Florida

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#1 posted 12-18-2009 09:05 PM

Beautiful knife. Great looking sheath too. You’ve done this before have’nt you? lol. Very nice.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 12-18-2009 09:11 PM

Where did you get the blade? Did you have the wood “stabilized”?

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#3 posted 12-18-2009 09:22 PM

Thanks. This was my first knife but I have made @ 50+ sheaths for knives/swords. That knife was on my bench for days waiting to tell me how to make the sheath. I had 3 different mockups that all were not acceptable. Tomorrow this has to be in the mail so at the last possible minute the knife finally “talked” to me and the sheath was born.

The blade came from woodcraft
I didn’t stabilize the wood (thought about it). It is a dense burl so hopefully it will be ok.

-- David, Florida

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#4 posted 12-18-2009 10:26 PM

Breathtaking job on that knife. Most excellent

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#5 posted 12-18-2009 11:15 PM

Awesome knife…..great work…......the recipient should be very pleased.

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#6 posted 12-19-2009 07:12 AM

Thanks. I originally ran the lanyard through the hole in the knife but it didn’t lay down very well (the sharp edges of the hole). I really wanted a much smaller split-ring but this was the smallest I could find. With the split-ring the lanyard lays down nicely. Added bonus is that the ring makes it easier to pull the knife out of the pouch – it is VERY snug.

-- David, Florida

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#7 posted 12-20-2009 12:37 AM

great work on that knife
have done a copleĀ“s self
will be a great shopknife
for the ceeper


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#8 posted 01-11-2010 03:12 PM

Well done, nice little knife, I just finished one my self, but with giraffe bone handle, now I just need to do the sheath, I think I will use yours a inspiration, a deep one.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 01-13-2010 04:31 AM

PLEASE post pictures. I had such a hard time finding inspiration for this little knife.

-- David, Florida

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#10 posted 02-08-2010 06:40 PM

Cool knife!

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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#11 posted 02-08-2010 06:40 PM

that came out great.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#12 posted 02-09-2010 08:53 PM

Thanks guys. I think the next time I make this sheath (I have one more of the blanks already) I will make the sheath a bit thinner. While a gusset is important to protect the thread from the cutting edge I made this one a bit thick and I think it feels sloppy. My nephew seems to really have liked it though.

-- David, Florida

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