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African Blackwood Czech Edge Marking Knife (homebrewed)

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Project by Bertha posted 1171 days ago 2503 views 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Czech Edge marking knife kit (the large one) built on African blackwood. I’m a fan of the ball capital on my vintage glass cutter and copied the pattern. Roughed out with Thompson 3/4” gouge. Fought with Sorby skew. Sanded from 120 to 2000 grit, two quick washes at 3000rpm with 1# amber shellac, and a hit of black BriWax.I intentionally set the blade off-center, hence the confusing drill press photo. Bonus photo, baby bunnies in my yard. You can’t handle the cuteness!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog





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WayneC

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#1 posted 1171 days ago

Very pretty. Looks like you will get years of use out of it. The bunnys wild?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Bertha

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#2 posted 1171 days ago

Thanks Wayne! The bunny’s are most certainly wild; I counted 6 of them.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Beginningwoodworker

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#3 posted 1171 days ago

Nice looking knife, those bunnies looks so cute.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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stefang

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#4 posted 1171 days ago

Hi Al and thanks for sharing this. I’ve been thinking about making one like this myself, so I appreciate seeing such a nice one that I can emulate ( a nice word for copying?). My wife and I also enjoyed those adorable little bunnies. Have you had a chance to try the log sawing method yet?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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ChrisCrafts

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#5 posted 1171 days ago

Noooooooooooo!!!! AAAhhhhhhh BUNNNIESSSSSSSSSSSs!!! There is a campaign against bunnies here in the Seattle area. The have over run some very large local parks as well as a large business campus near Microsoft. Apparently they reproduce like, well, bunnies! I am sure in other parts of the world some enterprising person would have a thriving rabbit foot & rabbit Stew Business. But it’s Seattle so instead there is a reasoned but polite request for people not to release them into the wild. LOL

I really like the marking knife. That is one thing I have really been wanting to make. Last night I was sketching out spatula outlines on scrap wood and a marking knife wood have made it much easier. Did you get a kit for it or did you scrap together the blade & ferule? I have a bunch of stark black Ebony I would like to use for a handle or two.

-- Chris, Washington The State! http://www.chris-crafts.com

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ChrisCrafts

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#6 posted 1171 days ago

Ah Ha Czeck Edge!

-- Chris, Washington The State! http://www.chris-crafts.com

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Bertha

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#7 posted 1171 days ago

You beat me to it, ChrisCrafts. I did a quick review on this marking knife kit, one that I was quite impressed with. Stefang, I haven’t yet tried the method, as I have a 1/2 inch blade on order. I can’t wait to give it a shot!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Andrew Boyce

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#8 posted 1171 days ago

Great tool… the bunnies were always going to distract though!
Isnt that the darwinist theory in action… if the bunnies are cute , you dont use the kinfe?
The cuter the bunnie the more likely to survive… ugly bunnie… supper.

Great work.

-- Maker of Stuff....

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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 1171 days ago

niice big marking knife :-)
just for the right size to skin bunnies before making a stew or on the BQQ …......

just kidden a little they are cute :-)
and we prefér hare´s here becourse they live wild here bunnies don´t :-)

Take care
Dennis

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Bertha

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#10 posted 1171 days ago

Thank you Andrew and Dennis. I’ll reserve the knife for marking, leaving the poor bunnies alone:) Nature is a wonderful thing.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Verna

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#11 posted 1171 days ago

Al, nice marking knife. It looks like it is definitely made for ease of use with a nice fit for the hand.

I wondered a couple of years ago why I wasn’t seeing any rabbits in my neighborhood. I found out last fall that there are a pair of foxes in our suburban neighborhood. I’m guessing they have an appetite for rabbits. I haven’t seen any chipmunks lately, either. Now, if they would develope an appetite for those pesky squirrels!!!

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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superstretch

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#12 posted 1171 days ago

How does that wood compare to ebony? It almost looks like you’re turning a black iron pipe… very cool color.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Bertha

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#13 posted 1170 days ago

Stretch, I’ve only turned a few items out of ebony but I’d describe them as quite similar. They can both be a bit “chalky” and split/splinter with the roughing gouge. They’re so hard that they take a fine shine really well. Blackwood’s definitely got a lot more brown in it when the light hits it right. I’m pretty pleased with my choice of wood, as I almost went with cocobolo.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Glen Peterson

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#14 posted 1170 days ago

I love shop made tools, nice job on the turning. Your next step might be to make another without the kit. The cutter is easy to grind from a jig saw blade and you’ve already mastered the turning. Do you like the Czeck edge blade? Thanks for posting.
Cheers,

-- Glen

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tdv

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#15 posted 1170 days ago

That’s a neat knife I like the right/left hand cut on the blade ebony & blackwood I’ve always thought the same they turn,work & finish pretty much the same & I love the glassy shine you can get on it
Thanks for sharing
Best
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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