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Project by lew posted 1032 days ago 3984 views 16 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love to cook- obvious from my pants size- and always wanted a really nice knife that would not always need sharpening every time it was to be used.
The Jantz knife making site has a great collection of supplies and instructions. After much deliberation, I ordered the materials needed to make this knife. It was my first attempt at making a complete knife, although I did replace a handle for a secretary at work.
The handle is African Blackwood, a Damascus blade in the Hamal Chef style and the “rivets” (pins) are.125” copper and zinc windmill design.
The handle was sanded thru 5000 grit and then buffed with Hut PPP White finish.

And it works!! Tomatoes cut with the edge straight from Jantz!

Comments, complaints and criticisms are always welcome.

Lew

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





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jumbojack

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#1 posted 1032 days ago

Did you make the rivets? They are pretty cool.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 1032 days ago

Nice looking knife, Lew.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 1032 days ago

Lew those rivets are great. Are they a screw on that is the ground and sanded down to the surface. I gave some blackwood to a buddy who was putting a handle on a Bowie knife and I saw the rivets that he was using.

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 karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#4 posted 1032 days ago

Wow. That is really nice. I would think a full set is in order. :)

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

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lew

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#5 posted 1032 days ago

Thanks for the kind words!

Jumbojack and Karson- I bought the “rivets”, too. Actually, I guess pins would be a more accurate description. They are straight cylinders epoxied into place then sanded flush.

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

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lew

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#6 posted 1032 days ago

Wayne- afraid a full set would totally wipe out the food budget for quite some time!

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

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WayneC

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#7 posted 1032 days ago

Probably, but they would be pretty and last a few lifetimes.

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

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ChefHDAN

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#8 posted 1032 days ago

The knife is beautiful!, The steel is one of a kind!, The board is gorgeous!, DUDE those tomatoes SUCK!.. Sorry, the Chef in me came through. A quality knife is the greatest tool in a chefs hand, I think that knife is an instant heirloom! Great work!

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lew

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#9 posted 1032 days ago

ChefDAN- Yes, my tomato crop was worthless this year. What did not have Blossom End Rot, the birds pecked out huge hunks or they split open before they were completely ripe. The knife went thru the tough skin effortlessly, however.
Wish my project photography was as nice as yours!

Lew

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

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SPalm

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#10 posted 1032 days ago

Nice.
I did not know people did this. I love a good knife.

Thanks,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 1032 days ago

beautiful…

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 1032 days ago

Now you need to get into making your own Damascus blades. It is very labor intensive but not overly difficult. My farrier and I got into making Damascus knives one winter and we had a blast. We did cheat a bit and used an antique power hammer. I would post one but there’s no wood involved.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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fernandoindia

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#13 posted 1032 days ago

Hi Lew. I also love good kitchen knives. I will look into the link you posted. The blade looks like an electronic board.

Does the knife have Bluetooth? :)

Your tomato looks terrific to me. Our government has entered a buy argentinian spree. Has forbidden the marketing of tomatoes, since prices were high. Now prices are infinite even though I can´t get any tomato at all.

-- Back home. Fernando

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mmh

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#14 posted 1032 days ago

This is a real beauty! I wonder if it’s too early to let Santa know that this could fill my stocking???

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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docholladay

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#15 posted 1032 days ago

That is a really nice knife. Good work.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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