Cocobolo and Bubinga handled knives

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Project by NoSlivers posted 11-13-2010 01:30 AM 2548 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Haven’t done much in the way of woodworking for over 2 months now, but did manage to carve out some handles for some knives that will go out as gifts next month.
The 3 knives have handles of cocobolo (what a beautiful wood). The intent was to make them as close to a matching set as possible. The single knife has a handle of bubinga (this knife has a twin sister as well, but it wasn’t yet complete at the time of the photo). In retrospect, I should’ve chosen a different wood, maybe stayed with cocobolo. Bubinga looks nice enough but just doesn’t feel as “solid”.
Thanks for looking!

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 11-13-2010 01:32 AM

Those are sweet.
Nice steel and wood combination.


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#2 posted 11-13-2010 01:43 AM

Those are some awesome looking knifes. Gifts for next month,,, boy I hope I am one on the list, wink..

They will be great gifts.

Did you make the blades as well?

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#3 posted 11-13-2010 03:41 AM

Those look great. Im curious, do they come in a kit? Blades and rivets separate?

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#4 posted 11-13-2010 06:45 AM

I did not make the blades, I ordered them from K&G knives along with the necessary rivets. I am sure they offer kits, since they have pretty much anything needed in the way of knife making and finishing. I haven’t done much business with them, but one of the items I ordered got placed on back-order and they called me personally to see if I wanted to wait or change my order to something similar that could be shipped out immediately. I consider that pretty good service. Now, if only they’d “compensate” me for endorsing their site!

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#5 posted 11-13-2010 06:46 PM

NoSlivers, those are great! Any chance of blogging how to make a knife? I’d love to know how. I’d really like to make a folding knife, where can you get the metal for those?


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#6 posted 11-14-2010 02:28 PM

Outstanding work. As with Ryan, I’d be interested in the blog on this type project. Thanks for the earlier link on products.

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