Cutting knife wood handle (A ugly dugly becomes a woody swan...)

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Project by mafe posted 12-13-2010 04:30 PM 2822 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cutting knife wood handle
A ugly dugly becomes a woody swan…

I have several Japan knifes, different jaws, different looks; since I got my lathe I decided that slowly I will change all that, and bring some warmth and beauty into the shop.

This is one of those projects.

1. The cutter with new handle, and the wood used behind (merci Napoleon).
2. Spinning the lathe.
3. The original parts, and the ugly plastic ‘cover’.
4. First try… Yes I did not like to hold it; the idea was fine but the result not as I wanted.
5. First try put together.
6. Ready to be used, and a pipe for scale.

(PaBull, now you see I have a matching pair).

The end.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps even some swans,

Best thoughts,


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

14 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-13-2010 05:04 PM

well mads

another sweet project from you

seems you are fixing the world
one tool at a time

i will save mine for you
if you ever get this way

maybe on your honeymoon
(as if caroline would stand for that) lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 12-13-2010 05:27 PM

Looking good Mads,
A great way to transom into a Swan.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 12-13-2010 05:28 PM

Nice Handle, Ideas Ideas, Cool !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 12-13-2010 05:46 PM

Homemade handles are always best. They’re made to fit the owner’s hands, by the owner’s hands, following the owner’s imagination and creativity. You can’t beat that! As well as your ingeniousness.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#5 posted 12-13-2010 07:05 PM

yes an ugly dugly it was and a buty it has become but a swane ….....
you know how big it is to use H.C. Andersens words… I surender :-)
you deffently live up to him and the tales he wrote on his travels
great to have you back in the cave mads… didn´t I already said that last time

take care

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#6 posted 12-13-2010 07:07 PM

Nicely Done – they turned out great – I agree with Serge, homemade handles are the best.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#7 posted 12-13-2010 07:21 PM

Scotty, yes nothing like to make them yourself.
Dennis, ok not a swan, just a curved neck! I smile. Nice to be back Dennis.
Serge, yes you and I have a common passion there, we love to improve or invent.
DaddyZ, merci.
Alba, love your new icon.
Patron, I would love to come and visit you one day, who knows perhaps it might happen, and then I promise I will try to do what I can to upgrate some old tools.
Best thoughts,

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

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#8 posted 12-13-2010 09:09 PM

Nice work Mafe,
Funny, I was looking at the great photos and got to number 4 and thought “that looks nice but won’t feel great.” Then reading the description I laughed when I read that you didn’t like the way it felt either. ;)
My fingers are not big fans of grooves on wood handles.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 12-13-2010 10:34 PM

Glad to see you back in the shop my friend! I’m also happy that you have Napoleon to supply bits of timber. As long as you give him some of your world famous coffee every now and again, he will happily deliver pieces of wood! ;^)

That handle looks JUST right!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#10 posted 12-13-2010 10:58 PM

A fellow pipe smoker I see. The small one is extremely similar to one I used to like to smoke when flying my Cessna 172, except mine was darker. It was left behind on a cross country flight once, alas.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#11 posted 12-14-2010 01:07 AM

Swirt, Yes and you were right, and I was too staburn, so I had a to make a new and better.
Div, glad to be back also, and yes Napoleons wood comes in handy. And he can have all the coffee he can drink, even with no wood. It feels right the handle, and can be turned if a more narrow is needed.
BigTiny, yes I love a good pibe of tobaco, the small pibe are one of my favorites also, even people always belive it’s for pot…
Best thoughts,

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

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#12 posted 12-14-2010 06:52 AM

Nice handle Mafe.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 12-15-2010 12:38 PM

Thank you Ian.
Best thíortha,

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

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#14 posted 12-20-2010 10:04 PM

Very nice Mads. That handle looks very comfortable. It reminds me that I should buy a decent Exacto knife set. The one I’m currently using is a poor quality knockoff.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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