Knives x4

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Here are four sets of knife handles I’ve recently made. One blade was a gift to me and one will be used as a gift to another later this week. The other two were for practice. And I sure do need more practice!!!

The blades are prefabricated and sold at the wood craft store. The woods used are:

Knife 1: Bolivian Rosewood.
Knife 2: Figured Maple with Purple Heart.
Knife 3: Figured Maple lightly stained.
Knife 4: Walnut, Maple and Padauk.

I find producing knives addicting. Wish I could find a better source for blades since both the small pictured ones along with one not pictured have minor defects from the manufacture.

If anyone would like to share info about knife making or have recommendations for good blade makers/suppliers please let me know. I wouldn’t mind making a few more for gifts.

Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 03-20-2012 02:15 AM

These are really nice. As you know, knives use very little wood, and you can usually use a piece of wood small enough that you can’t really use it anywhere else.

My dad makes knives and cuts the blades out of old circular saw blades, old band-saw blades from local tool and die shops, and steel from power edgers (like for lawns). The sky is the limit!

It looks like you are off to a GREAT start! Keep them coming. I can’t wait to show my dad!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#2 posted 03-20-2012 03:08 AM

Beautiful work. Love the finish. These would make great gifts.

-- I'm gonna go make some saw dust

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#3 posted 03-20-2012 11:13 AM

nice looking. have you thought of making your own blades? you can use old files. of course you’ll need a forge and anvil. You tube has a vid of how to make a forge from an old lawn mower body, an old brake rotor, a hair dryer and some pipe.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#4 posted 03-20-2012 01:17 PM

Thanks for the comments and insights!

Pastorglen – I’ve always thought one would have to start with raw materials but the options you’ve mentioned opened my eyes. Thanks! I also enjoyed visiting the external link on your profile. P.S. The pastor at our church was telling me the other day his dad used to make knives as a past time.

Lloe – Thanks!

Aldente – I have given some thought to making blades and I like the forge idea you mentioned. YouTube is a good learning tool. I’ve found instruction videos for many of my hobbies. Just need to find the time now:) Thanks for listing possibilities!


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#5 posted 03-20-2012 01:17 PM

Knives are a bit like boxes, habit-forming. Looks like a couple folks above trying to talk you into the blade making business. Bob Loveless wrote a good book a while on making blades by the stock removal method. There are others. Takes a little investment for a proper grinder, heat treating furnace etc. but very rewarding. If you go the forging route, that’s a bit less expensive, but much harder work than it looks. My forge has been cold for quite a while now. But, if you like knife making, I’d heartily recommend going either way! It’s very satisfying.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 03-20-2012 02:45 PM

Very nice work, you make some good looking handles. I look forward to seeing more of your workmanship.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#7 posted 03-20-2012 08:29 PM

Those are very nice! I have not done any knives but I have been thinking about it. In researching suppliers, I found Texas Knifemakers Supply, here in Houston- Their website is I plan to shop there when I am ready to have a go.

-- WLG- Experience is what you got when you didn't get what you wanted.

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#8 posted 03-20-2012 09:03 PM

I get my knife making supplies from JANTZ Supply. Thier website is I personally like the Dexter Russell brand knives which are labeled under Russell Green River and IRT knives. They are made in the USA. The people at JANTZ are extremely helpful and knowledgeable.

by the way those are excellent looking knives, I wish you well, and be careful those knives sure are addicting.

-- RJ

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#9 posted 03-20-2012 10:50 PM

If you want to buy steel and shape it yourself I use admiral steel. They have both stainless and carbon steel available in barstock of multiple sizes. the ATS 34 is a ggood blade stainless. Then I use Texas knifemakers supply to have the blades hardened. there are a lot of tutorials you can find online. My first blades were shaped with a file and belt sander before i bought the grizzly 2×72 knife belt sander.

-- Chad -- Buffalo, NY

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#10 posted 03-20-2012 10:59 PM

I particularly like the ones with the stubby shorter blades I could see myself using those frequently in my shop.
I never thought about making knives from a kit package do they sell them here in the UK and how difficult are they to make from scratch stock??? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 03-21-2012 12:47 AM

Great looking collection of knives. I like all of them.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#12 posted 03-21-2012 01:05 AM

Excellent color combinations, great job.

@Pastorglen: Using saw blades sounds like a great idea

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

View LumberingWoodworker's profile


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#13 posted 03-21-2012 01:19 PM

Thank you all for your info sharing and comments! Much appreciated!

Alistair, I am not sure if there is a supplier in the UK. I recommend searching on google to see what might come up. Also, making the handles from scratch was not that difficult. I hear the harder more dense wood is better. Also for assembly I used a two part epoxy to hold them together. Seems to be working well.


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Mark A. DeCou

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#14 posted 03-21-2012 04:39 PM

cool knives. I like the shape of the stubby ones, and could see using that type of knife on my belt.
I’ve made a couple hundred knives over the years, and it is fun. I used to keep them all serial numbered, but I got messed up and behind on my list, and just let that fall away after awhile.
I get “addicted” to it in swings. I’ll make a few up, and then I’m tired of it and move onto something else for awhile. I get them custom ordered straight from my lumberjock’s postings. When I get an order, for a knife, I usually make up one or two more to sell in my Etsy store while I have the tools all out on the bench. I’ve made quite a few knives for myself over the years, but I seem to always end up selling them, so I don’t even carry one of my own knives.
I have a huge box of scrap wood that I save for just such projects, the really pretty figure, and wood close to a knot, and such, the things that can only be used in a small piece, like for a knife handle. The bigger pieces get used elsewhere, but the small scraps work great for walking cane rings and knife handles.
good posting,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Chad Hamilton

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#15 posted 03-22-2012 01:56 AM

You should check out Texas Knife Makers Supply.

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