|Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino||posted 12-04-2011 04:02 AM||3026 views||6 times favorited||25 comments|
I reverted to my toolmaking hobby (see my previous toolmaking project http://lumberjocks.com/projects/48499).
I am passionate about the combination Rosewood/Brass/Steel as well as for recycling wood and metal. I can only make simple tools that do not require forging the steel, due to my extremely poor tooling resources. Also, my process of grinding a tempered steel blade is pretty limited in order to avoid overheating it, because it would require tempering it again.
Tied by those technical limitations but facing and old 8” flat file I devised an upgrading project: a slicing knife for the Thanksgiving Day, although this celebration does not happen in Brazil. However, it can be offered to my elder son Leonardo F. Fernandino, PhD, who is a Neuroscientist in the U. S.
Firstly the file was roughly ground by a high-speed grinding wheel and smoothed by a sanding disk attached to a hand drill. In the sequence, I performed a tiring manual sanding session applying decreasing grits (36, 50, 100, 220, 400, 600). Once the blade got shinny, I designed an ergonomic handle for the slicing function. From a rio rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) leftover I shaped the handle using a bow saw and carved eight facets using rasps and files, in order to take advantage of the particular light reflecting property of the rio rosewood.
Finally, from a rough piece of yellow cedar (Thuja occidentalis) I made a customized box with excavated recesses to house the knife.
Dimension of the knife: 13” long
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