Camping knife

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Project by JoshIndy posted 08-15-2010 09:45 PM 1701 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another knife blade from woodcraft. I made this one for my brother-in law. He does some hunting and camping, i figured it would help him out.

Overall i believe it is just over 7 inches. The handle is cocobolo with a stripe of red oak in the middle.
The leather sheath is made of some veg-tanned leather i picked up at a local leather shop then drilled holes with dremel (much faster than using a punch) and hand stitched.

These knife blades make for a quick project that can be completed in a weekend.
A sanding drum on the drill press makes quick work of the curves and contours.

-- People are like tea bags. You find out how strong they are when you put them in hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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#1 posted 08-16-2010 02:45 AM

Nice job! I’m sure your brother-in-law will be glad to receive it.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 08-16-2010 10:43 AM

Nice work.
Your brother inlaw will be happy.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 01:38 PM

Nice, i want to blacksmith my own blade when i get the supplies and make a handle like you did. ANy tips for making the handle and or the sheath? Nice work

-- We must protect the forests for those who can't speak, for the trees and animals. ~THE WOODSMAN~

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#4 posted 09-07-2010 01:55 PM

That’s a real nice knife and sheath and you did a great job on both of them; I’m sure that your brother in law was pleased with it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 09-08-2010 12:03 AM

I have read multiple places that worn out files and rasps make great knife blades….just don’t get them too hot grinding into them. I’ll probably try to make one from an old file next knife.

WoodsmanWoodworker – Tips:
With these knives, i bought the cheapest blank to make a sort of test-run. It was a nice practice opportunity before i got to the ones i wanted to give to people.
-a drum sander or drill press sanding drum makes it easier
-if using this kit, be careful around the screw holes not to sand into the screw head
-Using the manufacturer’s drill bit to countersink the holes works well (if you don’t want to use brass rods). A regular countersink leaves an angled hole, the manufacturer’s leaves a flat bottom hole for the screw head to seat.
-Practice with paper or scrap leather first on the sheath….then make adjustments from there. Or buy enough leather to make two sheaths knowing you WILL mess up the first one.

-- People are like tea bags. You find out how strong they are when you put them in hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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