Ebony and Brass-scaled knife

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Project by PPK posted 09-18-2017 05:09 PM 931 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m participating in the 2017 knife swap, and really got into it, I guess. I decided to make this knife as a practice knife (my second ever knife) I will give it to my wife as a surprise. The scales are ebony, which I also bought on Ebay.

I purchased the blade blank on Ebay: it’s preshaped, presharpened, prehardened… you get the point. I didn’t touch the blade. I did however do all the work on the handle. See pics below of the building. It was fun to build, and I think it’ll be a good user. I’m hoping to get a lot of peeled potatoes and potato pancakes outa this thing!!

Preparing the brass bolsters, and drilling an additional hole for the brass:

Preparing the brass by sanding the edges I can’t easily sand before soldering:

Soldering the bolsters on with the brass pin:

Attaching the wood scales with epoxy, and then rough shaping:

Final sanding, and then buffing the brass and cleaning up the blade:

Finished product: I’ll wipe on some oil wax to protect the handle and make it a bit more black and shiny….

-- Pete

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#1 posted 09-18-2017 05:41 PM

Pete that came out great. Nice work on the bolster and scales.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#2 posted 09-18-2017 06:09 PM

hey for your second knife i think you did a beautiful job on it,wife should love say whoever gets the kinife for the swap is gonna be happy too.great job pete.

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

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#3 posted 09-18-2017 06:15 PM

This knife turned out beautifully.

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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#4 posted 09-18-2017 06:45 PM

That thing looks sharp! Sorry that was bad. You did a great job with the knife though. Not too big or small, perfect handy knife.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#5 posted 09-18-2017 09:53 PM

Thanks all!

-- Pete

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#6 posted 09-19-2017 04:00 AM

Beautiful work Pete!

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#7 posted 09-19-2017 11:24 AM

Well done Pete!

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

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#8 posted 09-19-2017 12:28 PM

Nicely done, Pete! Making the brass bolster out of bar stock makes you kind of a metalworker. ;-)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 09-19-2017 12:41 PM

Love it Pete great job! Do you need my address?

-- Gary, Texas "That’s just my $.02 and I have no personal experience so take it with a grain of salt ;-P, HokieKen"

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#10 posted 09-19-2017 01:25 PM

Love it Pete great job! Do you need my address?

- doubleG469

nah, it’d cost too much to ship internationally :-P

-- Pete

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#11 posted 09-19-2017 01:25 PM

Really nice knife! If this is practice I bet the swap knife will be beautiful! Super job!

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

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#12 posted 09-19-2017 05:36 PM

That’s a great-looking knife. How did you go about soldering the bolsters? Is there a special solder for brass?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#13 posted 09-19-2017 05:45 PM

That s a great-looking knife. How did you go about soldering the bolsters? Is there a special solder for brass?

- bobasaurus

Just plain old plumbing solder that I use for copper pipes. I don’t know if there’s a special kind for brass. It seems quite strong. I think that its quite compatible, because shower valves, etc are brass, and plumbers regularly solder copper pipe to the brass valves… Now you got me curious, I’m going to have to research that a bit.

-- Pete

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#14 posted 09-20-2017 12:46 AM

Nice job on the brass and the scales Pete! So did the solder just buff out? Beautiful!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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