Marking knifes - gifts for some friends...

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Project by mafe posted 10-18-2011 04:37 PM 4341 views 14 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Marking knifes
gifts for some friends….

I spend some time by my lathe, thinking of different friends, and in this way different shapes came to my mind and after to my hands.
In this way this bunch of handles came to life.
Most of them are gifts, a few for myself, some of them for LJ buddies that I felt needed a little thought from me, for one reason or the other, you all know why I think.

For the receivers:
The knifes come with two blades in a little pack, this so that I would not hurt a postman.
You can choose the blade you want, and then fix it to the handle with epoxy glue, the blades are Exacto blades and these can be sharpened many times.
Of course you can use it for whatever purpose you please, carving details, marking, cutting or give it a thicker blade, an old drill bit you make pointed to create a awl or whatever comes to your mind, all will make me happy and all will hopefully bring you a smile and a warm thought from time to time.

Here a few examples of what can happen to them.

1. The bunch all with different shapes and some different woods also.
2. I made a precut with the thinnest saw blade I have so the blade can fit in easy.
3. Each knife comes with two blades so the choice is open, I have precut them to fit.
4. And the back of the blade made pointed so it is easier to press into the wood cut.
5. Here MaFe’s post office, I could pack and send as the addresses came in with the mail.
6. Last lot to the post office (someone might recognize a pack here also).

Hope this little family of knifes will bring smiles where they arrive, it was a pleasure to make them, and to think of the persons that should get them as they were made.

Best thoughts from my heart,


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

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#1 posted 10-18-2011 04:42 PM

these look great and with such a noble purpose. touche!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 10-18-2011 04:47 PM

Well done Mads! That will be a very nice surprise when they open the mailbox.


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#3 posted 10-18-2011 04:50 PM

Those look really wonderful. : ^ )

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

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#4 posted 10-18-2011 04:53 PM

I had a dilemma of when to post this, since I also wanted it to be a surprice, but since the word was out now, and the first few had recived theirs, I did it now to explain the story and the idea of the use, and as we say ‘the pleasure before opening the gift are sometimes as big as after’.

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 04:57 PM


thank you so much.

It was a wonderful surprise and great timing.

Now that I’ve the green light with the new shop it is the first tool.

It must be a lucky charm as well.

Looking forward to your visit.

In a nearly empty shop

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 10-18-2011 05:33 PM

This makes me want a lathe.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#7 posted 10-18-2011 05:40 PM

They are all very well done! Where did you get the blades?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 10-18-2011 05:45 PM

Mads, those are some sweet knives! Very nice gesture to make as gifts, too….............Jim

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

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#9 posted 10-18-2011 05:46 PM

What a fantastic gesture Mafe, I also think the different blades
are a great idea. Well done to you.

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 10-18-2011 06:01 PM

Great handles and a wonderful idea. Giving handmade items is a double gift. The time and thought given to these is as apparent as their function. Bravo!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 10-18-2011 06:19 PM

Based on your work and your generosity, I would say the lathe is the most important tool of a soulful woodworker. This is nice work and a great goal.

Warm hug to you, brother!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#12 posted 10-18-2011 06:20 PM

That’s great Mafe!

Those look really good!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Heidi Neely

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#13 posted 10-18-2011 06:28 PM

Very nicely done Mads, and VERY lucky friends to get such a nice thoughtful surprise :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#14 posted 10-18-2011 06:35 PM

Dang you never stop amazing me Mads …. if it has been 33K
you say there was I wuold have been believing you
you have surch a big hart so if Mr Swarz show up with a Mafe original in his hands
I wont be surpriced at all :-)

take care

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#15 posted 10-18-2011 06:53 PM

Those handles are nicely made and I like the brass ferrules. Where did you get the ferrules from? I rehandled some chisels a while back and made new ferrules on my lathe from some plumbing fittings. It worked beautifully. As a different twist on this idea, I saw a project once where a guy made some knives similar to this, only, he actually drilled the wooden handle and glued the barrel from an xacto knife into the handle. This allowed him to use the threaded chuck in order to be able to actually change blades instead of glueing the blade in the handle. In one that I saw, the threaded knurled nut on the collet was covered with a contrasting wood and looked very nice.


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

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