CARVING KNIVES SET: homemade but very special!

  • Advertise with us
Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino posted 05-13-2011 08:51 PM 4968 views 4 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dear Lumberjocks

I will tell you another thing about myself: in addition to being an amateur woodworker I love gunsmithing and toolmaking too. I enjoy putting together wood, steel and brass. Therefore I have been creating some simple weapons and tools whenever my primitive hand tools can accomplish my projects.

Today I am showing you a brand new set composed of three carving knives made out of old torsion springs of Volkswagen vehicles, which are known to be made from high quality steel. I shaped the blades roughly by using a high-speed electric grinding wheel in a very careful way in order to avoid any steel overheating, since those springs had been previously heat tempered at factory. So, I had to stop grinding at a certain point and to resume the shaping process by using a sequence of several oilstones of decreasing grits manually. I intentionally avoided copying those blade shapes that everyone knows and created my unique shapes, two of which are gouge-shaped. The blades are razor-sharpened, of course…

I designed their handles in the most ergonomic shape I could devise to fit to a natural hand palm grip and I hand carved them from scraps of Santos Rosewood (Machaerium scleroxylon).

Last but not least and paying homage to the recycling of noble raw materials, I added value to the whole project by building a customized toolbox out of scraps of Rio Rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) sorted among very thin and narrow slips (most are 2/16’’ thick and 1 ½” wide) which effective short dimensions have determined the actual size of the box.

Only hand tools were used. The finishing was done with a personally prepared wax.
Dimensions of the box: 8” long x 5 ½” wide x 1 ¾” deep
Length of the knives: 7”

Visit my website:

My email:
Best Regards,

-- Dilo

31 comments so far

View mpounders's profile


779 posts in 1938 days

#1 posted 05-13-2011 08:58 PM

Beautiful work! Are they for yourself or someone else?

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

View Bertha's profile


12981 posts in 1736 days

#2 posted 05-13-2011 08:59 PM

Wow wow wow wow wow! And WOW! They are beyond extraordinary. No time to talk, got to go look again:)

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

View DaddyZ's profile


2473 posts in 2083 days

#3 posted 05-13-2011 08:59 PM

Very Cool !!!

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

View christopheralan's profile


1118 posts in 2763 days

#4 posted 05-13-2011 09:02 PM

Amazing work! Well done!

-- christopheralan

View Dilo Marcio Fernandino's profile

Dilo Marcio Fernandino

71 posts in 2451 days

#5 posted 05-13-2011 09:04 PM

mpounders, Mike P.

The carving knives are for myself, although I do not need more than I already own.


-- Dilo

View patron's profile


13409 posts in 2384 days

#6 posted 05-13-2011 09:26 PM

excellent work
once again dilo

is see you have two electric tools now

the past is catching up
to the future

wait till you sit in a reclining chair
with a vibrator
to sooth the back

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

View Dilo Marcio Fernandino's profile

Dilo Marcio Fernandino

71 posts in 2451 days

#7 posted 05-13-2011 09:37 PM

Hi Patron,

I feel honored to realize that you has been tracking my workshop “modernization” very accurately. Congratulations and thanks for your good mood!


-- Dilo

View jeffl's profile


288 posts in 2353 days

#8 posted 05-13-2011 09:47 PM

Nice looking knives. They look like they’re comfortable to hold and use.

-- Jeff,

View patron's profile


13409 posts in 2384 days

#9 posted 05-13-2011 09:55 PM

it is my pleasure knowing you and your work

when ever some new member
talks about the problems of a small shop
or limited tools
and what to do

i give them a link to you

they are always amazed
and calm down
and get to work happy

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

View mafe's profile


10515 posts in 2132 days

#10 posted 05-13-2011 10:02 PM

Looking good.
Nice work and beautiful design.
(I also love the hand driven orange beauty – that was a bit funny yes?).
I can see I have to get into this.
I have been doing some knifes you can see some here:
Best thoughts,

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

View Broglea's profile


674 posts in 2133 days

#11 posted 05-13-2011 10:53 PM

Dilo – very nice. I’ve been thinking about starting to learn how to carve. It seems I should start by making my own tools first. Thanks for the inspiration!

View GaryK's profile


10262 posts in 3031 days

#12 posted 05-13-2011 11:07 PM

Now that is a great project! And with a grinder as your only power tool!


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View savannah505's profile


1746 posts in 2629 days

#13 posted 05-13-2011 11:11 PM

Dilo, you are a master at this, love your work.

-- Dan Wiggins

View 58j35bonanza's profile


392 posts in 1735 days

#14 posted 05-14-2011 12:42 AM

Great looking carving knives, and the box! Well done, I really like the how they are made from the same wood.

-- Chuck

View lilredweldingrod's profile


2495 posts in 2150 days

#15 posted 05-14-2011 12:59 AM

You are much to humble, Dilo. You are most definitely The Master. Your selection of wood and what you bring out of it is always amazing.

showing 1 through 15 of 31 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics