Navy Dive Knife Display

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Project by PASs posted 07-21-2011 08:34 PM 4315 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This display was commissioned for a Navy Diver/EOD transfer gift.

The wood is Indian dontknow (It’s from India and I don’t know what species it is…see my other posts.)

The base is a book-match split of a single piece glued together with 5 minute epoxy (I LOVE that stuff…no waiting!!)
The supports were turned from the rest of the piece that I didn’t split for the base.
There is a 7/8 dowel end on each support that is epoxied into the base (after the pieces were finished.)
I copied the handle design and turned them both at the same time, then mortise drilled the holes to fit the radius of the sheath (1 5/8”) and the handle (1 1/2”) using a drill press with a machinist milling clamp.

I used a 320 grit home-made sanding mop to smooth the routing and the support arms.
The display was finished with a coat of 2 pound shellac and polished with the Bealle system.
I also took the handle off the knife and polished the existing finish on it.
I used a little of the White Diamond Bealle polish on a separate felt wheel to put a little shine on the brass sheath.

Additional photos are at:

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#1 posted 07-21-2011 09:11 PM

beautiful knife display. No it is not antique it is one of the tools that a hard hat diver still uses when its needed. phil

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#2 posted 07-21-2011 11:45 PM

ya what kinda of dive knife is that?
could you show the blade?

-- Ben L

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#3 posted 07-22-2011 05:03 AM

Will put some addition photos with the blade showing on the picasa link Friday.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#4 posted 07-22-2011 05:28 AM

I cheated…posted on the Picasa page are pictures of similar knives, all made by DESCO Corporation, showing the blade.
Here’s the link to DESCO,

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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Grant Davis

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#5 posted 07-22-2011 01:00 PM

Having been a Commercial Diver for 6 years in the past, I have to say that I would have been honored to carry this.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#6 posted 07-23-2011 03:26 AM

Very nice knife

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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