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Project by daltxguy posted 1382 days ago 2439 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Svord is a New Zealand knife maker and their new Peasant Knife is a simple and beautiful thing but comes with a plastic handle in its cheapest form. I wanted the wood version but didn’t want to pay extra for someone else to have the fun to make the handle ( actually they cheat and their handles for these knives are machine made).

The knife itself is a short 3” blade forged from swedish steel and is a simple folding mechanism, not unlike a straight razor. When open, your hand grips the tang and keeps it from folding closed.

So, I got the plastic version ( see picture #2) and used the handle as a template and made my own handle. I used some local almond which LJ moshel had milled some time ago and had given me a small sample. It was just looking for the right project.

The general shape was cut out with a bandsaw, then holes drilled on the drill press and then the edges shaped by hand using a spokeshave.

Throughout the whole process the two halves were stuck together using loops of masking tape to make double sided tape.. I put loops at right angles to each to prevent rolling in any one direction. Seemed to work well enough that I won’t bother getting real 2-sided tape which is quite expensive here.

Sanded to 400 grit. Finish is several coats of linseed oil and Briwax 2000. Quite simple really and only took a few evenings. The most challenging part was drilling those holes.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!





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toolferone

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#1 posted 1382 days ago

Nice idea and nice work.

-- Tom, http://www.dreamshopwoodworks.com

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Richforever

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#2 posted 1381 days ago

Nicely done! Looks like it fits a hand very well.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 1381 days ago

Very nice, I’ll take wood before plastic any day.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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moshel

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#4 posted 1381 days ago

nice! i have used the Almond for several projects by now and its a very good choice. the timber is splinter free, dense and feels very smooth to the hand.

well done!!!! i was thinking of getting one of these little beauties for myself as well…

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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mcoyfrog

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#5 posted 1378 days ago

Cool redo,, nice work

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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mafe

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#6 posted 1271 days ago

Really nice!
I love that knife.
You have done a wonderful job.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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daltxguy

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#7 posted 1270 days ago

Thanks Mads – that means a lot to me coming from you!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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