Knife handle and Sheath

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-09-2011 03:18 PM 2068 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a knife handle I made to replace the broken one and the one an only sheath I ever made with Mads’ help on the stitching. the wood is rubber tree wood and it is finiished with Shellawax.

I made a wood form of the knife for inside the sheath and mating one for outside. Then I soaked the leather to get it thoroughly wet and clamped the forms on the wet leather to make the sheath shape. I drilled small holes for the stitching and that made it very easy. I used Kevlar fishing line for thread.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 04-09-2011 03:28 PM

Nice look’in project!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#2 posted 04-09-2011 05:38 PM

Very Nice Jim, wouldn’t mind having that one. I didn’t know that Rubber Tree wood was so striking. Good job, Steve, Texas

-- Mesquiteman99

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#3 posted 04-09-2011 06:10 PM

That is beautiful!! That handle looks great. I like the swirls at the end – a very nice addition. I wish I knew how to work leather like that! Thanks for sharing

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 04-09-2011 06:22 PM

Very nice looking knife and sheath, using that kevlar fishing line is something I have never thought of, it
should last forever. One trick we used to use was to wrap the knife or other object carefully in a few
layers of kitchen strech wrap after coating it a protective oil, the object was protected and the sheath
or holster was molded to the correct shape without having to carefully carve a reproduction. Thank you
for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 04-09-2011 06:37 PM

Hi Jim,
That is one elegant knife you have made.
Knowing your passion for turning I will say who else than you should have a knife with a beautiful turned handle.
The sheath became a good match, and this leather will just get more beautiful the more you use it. Nice stitchng there ;-).
Best thoughts,

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 04-09-2011 06:50 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I had this knife laying around for a few years and I was inspired by Mads and his knife and sheath making to get ‘er done. The handle is in 2 halves. I milled out one half to exactly fit the blade handle section and then glued it together and turned it. Then I epoxied the handle on .
It goes with me hunting every year.
Mads, the knife is nothing like the ones you make so I purposely did not show the blade.

Doug. I found the trick is to get the leather soaked and them hold it over a form until it dries and it stays like that. There should be a lot of applications for molding leather that way.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 04-09-2011 08:09 PM

Beautiful knife, truly an Art form. The sheath is awesome.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 04-09-2011 08:48 PM

Love the handle on the knife, great job. Also love the sheath, turned out awesome.

-- Paul

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#9 posted 04-09-2011 09:19 PM


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#10 posted 04-09-2011 11:35 PM

Cool! I’ve got a 13” Bowie knife I’d like to make a sheath for. I’ll have to take a closer look at Mads’ post.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#11 posted 04-10-2011 11:49 AM

Nice work on both handle and sheath. Interesting looking wood.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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