|Project by daltxguy||posted 10-15-2010 01:22 PM||3380 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
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!