|Project by Bertha||posted 12-11-2011 11:03 PM||3051 views||2 times favorited||23 comments|
I was fortunate enough to purchase some wormy chestnut from a kind fellow in rural West Virginia. He was getting out of cabinetmaking, shifting toward carving. To thank him, I figured I’d make him a simple carving knife. I ordered a blank from Hock some 4mm brass rod from McMaster. I turned it on the lathe then split it with a pullsaw (after some deliberation at handplanes-of-your-dreams. I drove the rivets, trimmed them, and shaped the handle with handtools (the future owner is a BIG man, so the handle is quite stout). I wetsanded it with dark walnut danish oil up to 400 grit but maintained some gouges and imperfections. I shaped the blade just a hair on the Tormek then sharpened it up on a scary sharp plate up to 2500; followed by a rouged stropping. Made a tiny scabbard out of leather and green twine soaked in mink oil. I hope he likes it and thanks for looking!
-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog