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2017 Knife Swap - for Dave Polaschek

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Project by doubleDD posted 11-11-2017 02:52 PM 1213 views 3 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my entry in the 2017 Knife swap. After making a few practice knives out of a old saw blade I wasn’t satisfied with the results of the hardening the blade with heat treatment. I decided to purchase a blade from a local knife shop and give it a little design of myself. It’s 440-c stainless steel blade which should work well in all situations.
I wanted to keep it small so it could be a more all around knife and beefy enough for those tougher jobs.
I used maple burl for the scales and a matching sheath. I never saw a wooden sheath before so I thought this would be a cool challenge for me. The box is raised panel cherry with wooden cherry hinges and cherry splines. I used a skull for the lift.
Just want to thank Jeff (jeffswildwood) for letting me participate and for running a great swap.
Thanks for looking.

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





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woodcox

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#1 posted 11-11-2017 03:24 PM

Nice work, Dave. Great selection there. It looks meant for business.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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hoss12992

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#2 posted 11-11-2017 03:30 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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majuvla

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#3 posted 11-11-2017 04:19 PM

The handle and leather cover look fantastic – beautiful colour and grain.It looks rasor sharp! The box is awesome too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 11-11-2017 04:32 PM

Thanks for sending along such a great knife, Dave. Stainless is a pain to work, but it sure came out nice and pictures don’t do the burl justice.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 11-11-2017 04:40 PM

Thanks woodcox, that was a goal I was trying to achieve. yes a knife means business.

Thanks hoss.

Thank Ivan. The sheath is made of the same wood as the knife scale. A matching set.

Your welcome Dave. Why do you think I sent you this Knife. Haha. I also found it harder to sharpen than other knives. But then again, I’m not a knife guy. Just having fun like the rest of us.

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

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jeffswildwood

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#6 posted 11-11-2017 05:22 PM

Dave I really like this. Beautiful box and cool knife. That handle is wonderful. Thanks for taking part in the swap and I hope you had fun!

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

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Dan

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#7 posted 11-11-2017 05:38 PM

Looks very cool Dave. The knife and sheath go well together and the box looks great!

-- If I knew who it was and what they are doing perhaps I could defend myself...

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 11-11-2017 05:54 PM

Thanks Activity Tips. that’s a moral booster.

It has been a pleasure Jeff.

Thanks Dan. A nice matching set was achieved.

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

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Jerry

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#9 posted 11-11-2017 06:24 PM

Beautiful Dave. Amazing work. I love it, and the knife is really good too!

;-)

-- 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. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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woodshaver Tony C

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#10 posted 11-11-2017 06:43 PM

Dave your Knife, sheath and the raised panel box are so nice. I love the grain on the handle; it’s a really cool looking knife. Great work as always!

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

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#11 posted 11-11-2017 06:52 PM

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doubleDD

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#12 posted 11-11-2017 07:33 PM

Thanks Jerry, it was new territory but I enjoyed the challenge.

Thanks Tony. That piece of burl was just begging to be made into something and I finally got to use it. The raised panel did seemed to go good with a display box.

Thanks Rick.

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

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pottz

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#13 posted 11-11-2017 08:13 PM

very nice work dave you did that burl justice,and the box is beautiful making an all around great presentation.it looks like it will do some serious cutting too!

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

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DocSavage45

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#14 posted 11-11-2017 08:18 PM

Hey Dave, late to your party, but I wouldn’t be here at all as it’s the annual fall seminar for the MN woodworkers guild. Due to family issues I didn’t go this year …as always has something to do with Murphy?

Sooooooooo! Looks like you’re challenging yourself in many areas. Ewwww Pretty!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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kiefer

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#15 posted 11-11-2017 08:34 PM

Good looking knife and box but the part that makes it special is the wooden matching sheath and grip .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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