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Project by jeffswildwood posted 03-20-2017 12:21 AM 1666 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother in law sent me an old knife to see if I could put a new handle on it. The handle was gone and it was in rough shape. Completely black and where the handle was, very corroded. I have never done this before so I put it on a “back burner”. Then recently I watched a few videos on knife making. While waiting for glue, stain and urethane to dry on a prior project I got it out and started playing with it. Turns out the more I did, the more I wanted to do!
First I gave it a good cleaning revealing it was a Case XX 482-5. I later read that it is a very good knife. Then I found some maple and cut two scales on my band saw. Did the drilling and sizing as I saw in the videos. Now I needed pins. I didn’t have any brass or steel to fit so I went with walnut. My thoughts were that a half inch or so long walnut dowel may not be as strong as brass but would still be strong enough and would look good too. I used a hand drill and files/sandpaper to get them close then used the holes in the handle to form to final size. It worked! perfect tight fit. Now came the sizing, lots of filing and sanding. I finished the sanding at 600 grit and used danish oil for a finish. Waxed three times. When I finished I was really happy with the results.
I have to say I just had too much fun doing this. I’m hooked now and really want to do some more knives! This is one of those projects for me that I started and lost all track of time. I ended up spending the whole day in the shop. Any knife makers have any comments or suggestions please let me know. Thanks for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 03-20-2017 12:26 AM

Nice job on the handle. For reference: the Borg has 36” length of 1/8” brass rod. Perfect for knife pins.

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#2 posted 03-20-2017 12:58 AM

Nicely done.

I like the first photo rest, the handles,

the walnut, and the rawhide thong too.

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

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#3 posted 03-20-2017 01:18 AM

its always a nice feeling bringing something back from the dead,and id say this lives again,great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 03-20-2017 01:26 AM

Thanks for the comments Guys I appreciate them. papadan, I will have to check on those brass rods. Thanks for the tip!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 03-20-2017 01:41 AM

You did a fantastic job. Looks brand new.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#6 posted 03-20-2017 02:00 AM

Nice restoration Jeff.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 03-20-2017 02:01 AM

Fine job Jeff bringing new life to that knife. I also got the bug to do a few more knifes. Check out the one I did a few weeks ago. May give you some ideas. That case is a great versatile knife.

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

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#8 posted 03-20-2017 07:25 AM

Nice handle. Isn’t that a good feeling when you can make yourself useful and get fun on the way.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 03-20-2017 11:31 AM

Nice knife…. It must be knife month.. I just finished 3 knife kits from Rockler. The folding fillet knife was a challenge. The blade was flopping around so much it was unusable. Then of course I had to get some leather and make sheaves. The grandsons are real happy….

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#10 posted 03-20-2017 12:04 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments! I really did have too much fun doing this. Dave, your knife is amazing! I really like that handle. This seems the kind of project that you can’t just do one. I will be on the look out for older knives to practice on some more then may try a kit.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#11 posted 03-20-2017 12:30 PM

Great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#12 posted 03-20-2017 01:04 PM

This handle looks great. Nice work on getting the knife in shape and making the handle. It’s a beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 03-20-2017 10:38 PM

I like the look of the walnut pins. Did you use any sort of glue? I often see old knives at garage sales and think about buying them to repair. I might just have to try this.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#14 posted 03-21-2017 12:00 AM

Lazyman, I used two part epoxy for assembly. I think the walnut will be strong enough for pins. Thanks for the nice comment! Since I did this I have been looking for old knives to practice with also.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#15 posted 03-21-2017 04:35 PM

Very cool way to breathe new life into a great old knife Jeff! Love the look of the maple and walnut.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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