|Project by toddhelmkamp||posted 12-29-2009 11:04 PM||3306 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
This is the first hidden-tang, wood-handled knife I made. The blade is from Frosts of Sweden. I used nickel silver for the bolster, and zebrawood for the handle.
The handle was completely hand-carved by me from a block of zebrawood. Boy, did I have some blisters when I was done! I was surprised at the unpleasant smell that came from the wood as I carved it. I’ve never smelled anything quite like it.
I think that the butt of the handle could use more of a taper, although I liked the feel and look of the knife so much I decided to keep it for myself! The bead is made by me from elk antler.
I finished the handle with Birchwood-Casey Tru-Oil, although I have recently begun using an oil and wax from Dem-Bart that I really like.
As always, gentle, constructive criticism is happily accepted.
-- Todd Helmkamp, http://www.thornhillknifeworks.com