Woodcraft Bread Knife

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Project by lew posted 04-07-2012 12:56 AM 2475 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Although we have some fairly nice knives, Mimi insists on imitating the “Ginsu Knife Chef”. Soda cans, tree branches and floral wire don’t stand a chance when she is around. I have finally managed to convince her to use the cutting board instead of the Formica counter top. Still, the knives do not stay sharp for any length of time. So, we now have two sets of knives and mine is hidden!

This is the second knife I have made- well actually just added the handles. This is one of the new blades from Woodcraft (#153656). It has a serrated edge and the “granton” grind on the blade sides. The blade comes with cutlery rivets although I decided to use pins so it would more closely resemble the Chef’s knife project I made some time back. The handle is African Blackwood from Woodcraft (#153762)

The handle was was epoxied in place and the shaped using the belt sander and lathe mounted sanding pads up through 4000. Then buffed/polished using Hut PPP sticks both brown and white.

The pins are from Jantz knife supplies. I really do need to make a light box to improve the quality of my photographs. The Blackwood has beautiful subtle colorization but I couldn’t capture it.

Here they are together-

I should have rebuffed the Chef’s knife again. It is starting to show some wear.

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 04-07-2012 01:01 AM

now thats a knife…....old crock dundee saying…lol…we can always tell the great chefs of the world, there knives and there rolling pins…and a chefs hat dont hurt huh lew…great knife .

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 04-07-2012 01:02 AM

Nice job and the match with the other knife is spot on.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 04-07-2012 01:23 AM

very nice…

so using the lather and the belt sander—-do you turn it down to a shape…and then hit it with the belt sander? what is the process?

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 04-07-2012 02:57 AM

Just like quality tools in the woodshop, it’s really mandatory to have quality cutlery in the kitchen!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 04-07-2012 03:23 AM

Lew: Some fantastic looking cutting tools. Nice build. Those are some great looking handles.

I’ve bought a 20lb box of blackwood on an auction site about 10 years ago. It is some beautiful wood. It’s what I’ve been using for all of my Greene and Greene accents.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#6 posted 04-07-2012 03:54 AM

Grizz- Thanks! Our “adopted” son is a chef- maybe he has a hat!

Jay- Thanks! The back end of this handle is a little more rounded than the first but it is pretty close the same.

Matt- Thanks! Actually once the handle (scales) is attached and pinned, I used a belt sander to bring everything to the correct thickness and shaped the outer edges even with the handle tang. Then mounted a 3” “Wavy” sandpaper system on the lathe. Starting with 80 grit, shaped the edges and handle down to the bolster. Then up through the grits. No real turning involved. the lathe is more of a stationary sander.

Meilie- You are so right. Good knives make the kitchen work much easier!

Karson- Thanks! I saved the little leftovers for just that purpose! 20 lbs! that’s a lot of accents!!

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

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#7 posted 04-07-2012 05:04 AM

Nice Lew. Is this part of your 3rd knife set?

Good idea having your own set of knives. Even expensive, is still cheaper than a divorce . I think I will do the same.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#8 posted 04-07-2012 11:33 AM

Great looking knife. Now you have to post a few pictures of things being cut like a soup can, a brick, and then a tomato (with perfectly uniform slices! It never gets dull!).
Thanks for posting!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#9 posted 04-07-2012 12:29 PM

Really gr8 lookin handles. They look like they would feel good in the hand

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 04-07-2012 02:20 PM

Nice tools for the kitchen.

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#11 posted 04-07-2012 02:34 PM

Fernando- Much Cheaper!! This is the second knife handle I’ve made for myself. I think I still need a paring knife and a boning knife for a complete set.

Gabe- Thanks! I’ll leave the demos to Mimi!

Roger- Thanks! They are very comfortable and really do “feel” better than plastic but maybe that’s just my imagination.

CJ- Thanks!

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

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#12 posted 04-07-2012 03:15 PM

Great looking knife, I made an adapter that allows me to adapt a scotchbrite medium wheel to my lathe.
Only a few minutes a week allows me to keep my lovely ladies knives sharp and she does not bother mine.
I go on the theory that a dull knife always cuts you deeper when you slip after pushing too hard. Thank
you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#13 posted 04-07-2012 03:38 PM

Gus- Thanks! That’s a great idea! I have a leather stropping wheel for the drill press but the lathe makes more sense.

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

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