|Project by Dave Rutan||posted 01-03-2017 09:43 PM||495 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
I’ve been sort of gearing up in preparation to teaching myself how to rehair violin bows and maybe do some other lutherie [link]. So as to not put out any great $um, I’ve Googled images of what tools are used. Many of them look like variations of tools around the workshop. One in particular looks a great deal like a striking knife.
I started with an old, dull 3/4 inch spade bit. I marked a 45 degree angle on it and grouned it down with my bench grinder, keeping it cool with frequent water dippings. I then used my belt grinder to put a bevel on one side of the blade. I honed it to sharpness on a whetstone. It’s not scary sharp, but it’s sharp.
For the handle I took a scrap piece of walnut and cut it to rough size. I drilled a hole in one end to fit the shank of the bit into. fitted a copper ferrule around the hole and forced the bit shank into the hole. Some sanding and shaping followed. I finished it with boiled linseed oil. I think it looks pretty cool too.
Note: As a striking knife, I think the beveled edge is on the wrong side for a rightie like me. For a lutherie or carving knife, I think it’s okay. Let me know if I just made this backwards. I can probably fix it.
[EDIT] The real answer is that this knife is sharpened on the correct side, but that I will need to make a second knife that is sharpened on the other side. Different knives, different uses.
-- Ni faru ion el ligno!