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My Frist Attempt At A Knife Handle

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Project by Bermuda_Les posted 06-26-2017 03:32 PM 433 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this was my first ever attempt at making a knife handle. I always carry a pocket knife, and I thought it would be very cool to have a pocket knife with a handle made from Bermuda Cedar.

The Bermuda Cedar (juniper bermudiana), endemic to Bermuda, once covered the entire island’s 21 square miles. Virtually wiped out by an insect blight in the 1940s, Bermuda lost over 8 million (99%) of its cedar trees. These trees are now so rare, they are protected by law, and harvesting may only be done to trees that have been uprooted or damaged due to storm, or removed under permit for land development. Known for its intense heavy sweet aroma, it is considered critically endangered, and items made from Bermuda Cedar are highly prized by Bermudians.

The knife was a kit I bought from Rockler.com for $12 and change, and the knife came with a pin to put through the blade to allow it to be opened with one hand. Sadly, knives that can be opened with one hand are illegal in Bermuda, so I have left the pin out. The Bermuda Cedar was from a branch that broke off in a storm. This project took about a day, it was huge fun even for a newbie, and I might even do more of these and give away as gifts. I still need to do some finishing on the handle, but was eager to share it.

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!





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DMiller

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#1 posted 06-26-2017 03:49 PM

Great Job!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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Bermuda_Les

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#2 posted 06-26-2017 04:16 PM



Great Job!

- DMiller

Thank you!

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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ki7hy

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#3 posted 06-27-2017 04:19 AM

Great job. I wouldn’t add anything to the handle. Your hand will eventually oil it enough and give it a nice patina.

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Bermuda_Les

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#4 posted 06-27-2017 10:26 AM



Great job. I wouldn’t add anything to the handle. Your hand will eventually oil it enough and give it a nice patina.

- ki7hy

Good call. Thanks.

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 06-27-2017 02:27 PM

This handle is beautiful and the knife is special.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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Bermuda_Les

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#6 posted 06-27-2017 04:05 PM



This handle is beautiful and the knife is special.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck

Thanks Charles… much appreciated.

Les

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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oldnovice

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#7 posted 06-28-2017 03:28 AM

Definitely a “cut” above!
I am about to embark on that same journey as my wife wants some heirlooms restored.
Thanks for the impetus.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Bermuda_Les

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#8 posted 06-29-2017 02:20 PM



Definitely a “cut” above!
I am about to embark on that same journey as my wife wants some heirlooms restored.
Thanks for the impetus.

- oldnovice

Thanks a lot.

Les

-- Making sawdust in Bermuda. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

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