Replacement Knife Handle

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The attendance secretary at my school asked me if I could make a replacement knife handle for her husband’s 20+ year old favorite knife. Well once again, I allowed my mouth to override my a$$. Me thinking- “how hard can this be”. Believe me, I now have a deep respect for all the custom knife makers out there.

There is only about $3 worth of materials but about 20 hours of work- of course most of that time was spent trying to figure out how to complete the process. The handle is one piece and is made from hard maple. I cut a slot for the tang; made templates so I could drill the rivet holes to match the original holes in the tang; sanded, shaped, drilled, riveted, sanded, routed, shaped and sanded some more. The finish is plain mineral oil. Hope he likes it!

I believe this will be my first and last knife handle.

Thanks for looking,


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 05:15 AM

“There is only about $3 worth of materials but about 20 hours of work-”...on that note DONT go into business…

LOL…Great handle…definitely made of love…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 03-16-2011 05:39 AM

Funny story Lew. Next time you should offer her a nice rolling pin instead. Lol

Anyhow, the handle came out nice

-- Back home. Fernando

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 06:27 AM

Great Job and looks like you cloned the handle!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 03-16-2011 07:34 AM

Nice job Lew, the grain in the wood suits the shape of the handle very nicely and the riveting looks great!
I love doing this sort of work but as you say it’s not a way to earn a million dollars lol


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#5 posted 03-16-2011 09:22 AM

nice replacement

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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Dan Hux

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#6 posted 03-16-2011 10:22 AM

where did you get the rivets? Very nice handle..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#7 posted 03-16-2011 12:08 PM

I am sure that The knive owner has a new sence of respect for Your tallants, and reward You with additional projects to repair. That must be worth something, yes? Nice work My Friend, I hope that Your talants will go towards additional tools

-- Saved, and so grateful, consider who Created it ALL!!!

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#8 posted 03-16-2011 12:56 PM

Good job. I bet the husband is grinning.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#10 posted 03-16-2011 01:40 PM

Lew: A great replacement.

Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Edward E Nock II

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#11 posted 03-16-2011 02:58 PM

LEW….Don’t give up your day job!!!!! Every once an awhile I get snookered into a job like that, but what are friends for. GOOD JOB!!



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#12 posted 03-16-2011 03:06 PM

Seems like she make you a nice pie for your efforts. Good story, nice work.

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#13 posted 03-16-2011 03:15 PM

“Can you replace this?” Nothing to it, right?! LOL
Nice Job Lew!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#14 posted 03-16-2011 03:29 PM

Sounds familiar, except I got to make the knife and handle. I think too many people think that we have
too much time on our hands and need something to do so we will not get into trouble. Great looking
handle, and thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Jim Bertelson

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#15 posted 03-16-2011 04:02 PM

Did you consider buying him a new knife? Great job, though….....

Perhaps what you learned is worth it….......

I bet you make a complete knife sometime in the next year, now that you know the problems….....what do you think? greatest waste of time is building things…......that never get used, or I could have bought better and cheaper….............oh well….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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