Carving Knife

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 01-06-2018 12:37 AM 792 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in early December, my friend Dan and I talked about carving, and I pointed him at various Morakniv knives. Well, I had a few blades sitting here, and during my recovery from back surgery, I cut out some scales for one of them and made a knife for him.

One side of the handle is apple from a tree that came down in my yard a few years back. It had a little rot (spalting) in it, and I’ve done my best to stabilize that. The other side was apricot from another tree that came down that same summer. There was still a little bark on it before I started shaping the handle. The pommel is granadillo (aka macacauba) that I had laying around. It’s finished with linseed oil and soft wax (beeswax and turpentine).

I think the apple and apricot will take on a very nice patina with use.

Oh, I also made a classy sheath for the knife out of a pice of cardboard. Sorry that doesn’t measure up to the rest of the knife.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#1 posted 01-06-2018 12:54 AM

i simply love the different wood used … can make me one LMAO ….GREAT JOB :<))


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#2 posted 01-06-2018 12:56 AM

Very nice knife Dave. Your right, those two woods look really nice together. I have some leather if you need some for a sheath. :-)

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

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#3 posted 01-06-2018 01:05 AM

Thanks, Tony. I really enjoy rummaging through my scrap bucket saying, “now what would look good together?”

Thanks, Jeff. I probably could have scrounged some up around here, but I’m not a leather worker. And I wanted to ship it as soon as I could.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#4 posted 01-06-2018 01:35 AM

That’ll carve! Nice work Dave. Looks like a really ergonomic handle for the task and the wood choices are great.

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

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#5 posted 01-06-2018 01:39 AM

Thanks, Kenny! I more or less copied the shape of the Morakniv handles, just slightly larger for big American paws.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 01-06-2018 02:34 AM

Nicely done; now you are also a “wood rescuer” too.

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

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#7 posted 01-06-2018 03:39 AM

Love the knife Dave. Looks like the blade is sharper than sharp. A real user.

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

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#8 posted 01-06-2018 09:20 AM

Thanks, ralbuck. I wish I had saved more of the apricot & apple trees than I did, but most of it ended up going to a buddy’s smoker.

Thanks, Dave. I didn’t sharpen it at all. The Morakniv blades come darn sharp from the factory. All I did was wrap it with blue tape so I didn’t screw it up while shaping the handle.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 01-06-2018 09:53 AM

What a nice looking carving knife, Dave!
Is the tong as flat as the blade? From all pictures I found until now, I can’t really tell.

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#10 posted 01-06-2018 01:35 PM


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#11 posted 01-06-2018 01:50 PM

The tang is about as thick as the back of the blade, Muesli. It tapers down to almost round at the very end of it, which you can see poking out in picture three. I’ll try to shoot a picture of another and add it to the project here later today.

Thanks, Bob. I miss my apple and apricot trees, but they both had some real pretty wood as consolation prizes for me.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#12 posted 01-06-2018 02:41 PM

Thank you, Dave! I will make sure it sees use soon. As the talk of sheaths reminds me that this would be a fantastic excuse to go talk to my neighbor who does leatherwork and see what scraps he’s got.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#13 posted 01-06-2018 02:54 PM

Cool, Dan. Not only did I enable one (or more) project, but I encouraged another!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#14 posted 01-06-2018 03:04 PM

This is a nice 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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#15 posted 01-06-2018 03:23 PM

Thanks, Charles!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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