Another Knife Handle

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Project by tbone74 posted 01-20-2012 11:32 PM 2245 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another knife handle I just finished. The blade is damascus and purchased through jantz supply. The handle material is, I believe, wenge, and the pins holding the handle on are a mix of copper and nickel of which I did not make but purchased at the same knife making supply site.

The wood has very open pours, I tried to fill them with superglue but I was not fully happy with the results. Is there another way to fill the pours and still be able to polish and seal the handle?? I already got a chance to use this at work and it is SHARP! Cut myself already LOL!

-- Tony

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#1 posted 01-20-2012 11:44 PM

Nice job.

That sure is an interesting looking blade. What are those swirly patterns?

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#2 posted 01-20-2012 11:47 PM

Thanks Tokolosi, the swirl patterns are there because the blade if forged with multiple layers of different steels hammered together and folded on top of each other. Those swirls are the different layers.

-- Tony

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 12:01 AM

TBone.. Why don’t you try FiberGlass Resin.. Just the resin by itself.. You can buy it at most hardware or automotive stores.
Here is a link to what I’m suggesting:

Bondo® Fiberglass Resin is the same high-strength polyester resin that is used to build most high performance watercrafts.

Can be used alone or with fiberglass tape, cloth or mat to repair damaged fiberglass boats, snowmobiles, jet skis, bathtubs and showers. Can be used as a sealer on damaged or rotted wood and seals concrete, it works great on large or small metal rust-outs and joins most surfaces together wile creating a strong and long lasting bond. Sandable in less than 2 hours Compatible with all paints, including gel coat and marine paints. Waterproof

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#4 posted 01-21-2012 12:08 AM

David, thanks for the link. Do those resins dry clear? After looking at some of your projects I thank I am going to have to get my hands on some moose antlers!

-- Tony

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#5 posted 01-21-2012 01:21 AM

Looks great well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 01-21-2012 02:43 AM

Tony, that’s a very nice job you did. What technique did you use to get the front of the handle (slab) to match the angle of the steel so nicely.

If you are so inclinded you can check with the nice buch of folks over at the

forum to see what they do to seal the handles. You will have to register as with most forums, but there is no cost involved. There is a very large group of custom knife makers there that would be happy to help. HTH


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#7 posted 01-21-2012 02:51 AM

I think the wood you have is black palm and not wenge. Black palm has that very open pore structure and it doesn’t hold together very well in my experience. Turners love the stuff for some reason.


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#8 posted 01-21-2012 03:22 AM

A1Jim- Thank you for your kind words

Notrhwest29- Thanks for the link I’ll surely check it out, I was lucky, the angle of the bloster to the handle was 90 degrees, just a straight cut on the table saw..

JoeinDE- It looks similar, maybe it is black palm, hmmm…

-- Tony

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#9 posted 01-21-2012 04:23 AM

Super clean job. Looks great. Good choice of material. Those Damascus blades look cool.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 01-21-2012 05:58 AM

Beautiful Job!

The folks at Jantz sure have some nice stuff!


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

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#11 posted 01-21-2012 06:36 AM

Thanks LEW, because of your project I made the two knives! They were alot of fun to make and being a professional chef, I get to use them every day!

-- Tony

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#12 posted 01-21-2012 05:14 PM

Very nice looking knife! You did an excellent job for your first two knives. I never even posted my first few because of all the mistakes, you did very well.

Jantz sells some stuff for filling gaps, its called “Zap a Gap” it is on page 61 of their catalog. They are extremely knowledgeable and helpful, just call them and ask what they would use to fill gaps.

-- RJ

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#13 posted 01-21-2012 05:37 PM

Great job its a real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 01-21-2012 07:27 PM

RJS- Thanks I saw that stuff, I was under the impression it was regular super glue. I will put a bottle of that on my next order.

Ken90712- Thank for your kind words

-- Tony

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#15 posted 01-21-2012 11:10 PM

Does anyone know of any other suppliers of dimascus kitchen blades?

-- Tony

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