1st Knife Project

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Project by cmmyakman posted 09-03-2017 09:32 PM 1035 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the idea for this knife from Lemongrasspicker’s post: He also has some cool videos on YouTube.

I ordered the Morakniv blade from Amazon:

The handle is made from Cocobolo (slab sides) and Maple (light colored center). After the slender bit of maple came out of the drum sander to the same thickness as the tang, a scroll saw was used to cut out the crazy outline of the tang.

I purchased the Mosaic pin from eBay (just search “Mosaic pin”). I read that the key with the Mosaic pin is to use a Dremel type cutter, when cutting it to length. You don’t want to impart too much heat to the Mosaic pin so you don’t melt the epoxy that is holding all of the little pins within the tube in place.

I used the orange double bubble epoxy from Hardman to bond the wood handle materials to the metal tang and capture the Mosaic pin:

Be careful as this epoxy is gray and does not turn clear when hard, but I used it as it is supposed to be great with wood and metal.

The sheath is just a strip of maple with a thickness that is slightly larger than the blade (again drum sander) with the outline of the blade cut into it (again scroll saw). The exterior of the sheath is actually ebony, but there is quite a bit of sapwood, hence the lack of deep black color. The sheath was finished with 2 coats of Danish Oil.

The handle is huge for a knife, particularly a knife with a blade this small, but it also makes it really easy to hold and control.

I made this knife as a birthday present for my father. This knife was surprisingly fun to make. I am a big fan of the History Channel TV show, “Forged in Fire.” This was a great way to get my feet wet. Someday I hope to start with some scrap metal and make the entire blade along with a handmade Kydex or leather sheath.

Additional photos here:

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#1 posted 09-03-2017 09:46 PM

That is cool! Love that coco, I’m honored that you would be inspired by something I did. I know your dad is going to love it.


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#2 posted 09-03-2017 11:55 PM!

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#3 posted 09-04-2017 11:41 AM

Nice job on this knife. I like the style.

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

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#4 posted 09-04-2017 11:57 AM

This is a beautiful knife and you have done a fine job on it.

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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#5 posted 09-04-2017 03:14 PM

Thank you for the kind words.

Lemongrasspicker you are right, I gave the knife to my father yesterday at the family celebration and he loved it.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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