New Filet Knife Handle

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Project by doubleDD posted 03-03-2017 01:44 PM 1590 views 4 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Who says cleaning fish can’t be fun. As warmer weather approaches I thought I would check up on the fishing gear. I was teaching the guys I go fishing with how to clean fish. Instead of letting them using my filet knife, I thought this would be a cool gift for them to use. Using a Banksia pod I cut it in half and sliced two pieces that were big enough. I used a green epoxy to fill in the holes. Finished with polyurethane. Turned out nice.
The knife kit was purchased at Woodcraft and it was fun building it.
Maybe I’ll keep this for myself. Haha Thanks for looking.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 03-03-2017 01:59 PM

Excellent job making this great looking gift Dave! I looked up Banksia Pod’s and found them on Rockler’s web site. I’m not a fisherman but I know “nice” when I see it! Someday I’ll give epoxy a try!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 03-03-2017 02:16 PM

Thanks Tony. I got the idea in Florida when my bro-in-law took me fishing and told me he didn’t own a filet knife cause he’s not gonna clean any fish, only eat them. Haha That reminded me of the guys I fish with here only they wanted to know how to clean fish.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 03-03-2017 02:24 PM

Nice knife. I really like the idea of epoxy in the voids of Banksia pod. Now caught us some fish!

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#4 posted 03-03-2017 02:38 PM

Gutting fish? Nay, Sir. That would be my go-to steak knife in our house. Besides the fact that I dont fish (loud, audible GASP arises from the crowd) I do however love a nice knife. And as Crocodile Dundee would say “Now THAT’S a knife!”

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 03-03-2017 02:39 PM

That is a very impressive looking knife and one of a kind.
Love the shape and the handle is absolutely fantastic Eye candy !!!!!


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 03-03-2017 03:15 PM

beautiful handle l

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#7 posted 03-03-2017 04:15 PM

Very nice, indeed. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at filling voids with crushed stone. Malachite is a favorite and that color comes darn close.

-- Brett — Peters Creek, Alaska

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#8 posted 03-03-2017 05:16 PM

Now you’ve done it, I want one too :-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 03-03-2017 05:27 PM

Pretty interesting and unusual. Nice combination of materials and colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 03-03-2017 05:46 PM

Thanks Mike. I’ll catch the fish and you clean them. Deal?

Joe, that was my favorite part of the movie. I watch it just foe that part.

Thanks Klaus. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to use and the Banksia pod was sitting there and wheels started turning.

Thanks david38.

Brett, I have some turquoise but haven’t gotten the right results with it yet. The Malachite would be a great choice. I still have to practice with it.

Thanks Bill. I’m thinking of keeping it even if I never use it.It would make a statement in the tackle box.

Thanks Ivan. I like the green color on it a lot. The pictures are not showing the real color, I may need more light.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 03-03-2017 06:25 PM

EXTREMELY artisticand a useful tool too. That is a great combination.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#12 posted 03-03-2017 06:30 PM

Beenwondering what people do with those pods. That looks great Dave!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#13 posted 03-03-2017 07:25 PM

What a COOL knife!!

It makes you want to go catch some fish so you can USE it!!

Beautiful blade…

Super COOL handle…

They will really like that gift!

... and you can take that to the Bank… :)

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#14 posted 03-03-2017 08:01 PM

Hey Dave make some more then you can keep one w/out the guilt???LOL! Whom ever gets the prize will be devout in its use. Nice work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 03-03-2017 10:41 PM

WOW….Simply WOW!!!! Beautiful job Dave!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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