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Project by Manitario posted 08-04-2012 05:14 PM 2099 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my best friends got married last week. I’d been planning for about 5 months what I wanted to give him and his wife for a gift. After being inspired by other LJ knife projects I decided that I’d make them a knife set and knife block. The blades are “Damascus steel” from Janz knife supply and the handles are African hardwood, sanded to 2000 grit and then with 3 coats of hemp oil and two coats of paste wax. Knife block is birds-eye maple with African hardwood, finished with Danish oil. The knife handles were epoxied onto the knife tang and then I roughed out the shape on the bandsaw (BTW, hitting the knife tang with the bandsaw blade = buy new bandsaw blade. I won’t tell you how I know this…). I refined the handle shape with a belt and spindle sander and then hand sanded the handles. It was a satisfying project and turned out good, but I’ve vowed to never do it again, for the amount of sanding I had to do!! Sorry about the crappy pics, I took them late the night before I wrapped up the gift.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil





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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 08-04-2012 09:07 PM

Very pretty, and functional too. They’s impressive…......

On call, struggling towards the end of a work programming project…..........

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KirkSawdustmaker

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#2 posted 08-04-2012 10:30 PM

Beautiful. Especially the contrasting splines.

And it’s nice to know I’m not the only one who discovers new and creative ways to destroy saw blades. :-)

KirkD

-- Have saw, Will travel

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 08-05-2012 02:15 AM

A very beautiful and useful gift for the Newlyweds : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Arlin Eastman

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#4 posted 08-05-2012 02:20 AM

That is nice. Great job on the knives and holder.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Manitario

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#5 posted 08-05-2012 02:26 AM

Thanks guys!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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MonteCristo

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#6 posted 08-05-2012 02:35 AM

A good looking (and no doubt functional) set !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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JL7

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#7 posted 08-05-2012 02:56 AM

Perfectly done…....great gift.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 08-05-2012 03:30 AM

I love this. If anyone in that household is a cook… well, there’s nothing like a good knife.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Doe

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#9 posted 08-05-2012 09:29 AM

It’s a beautiful gift. I like the contrasting woods.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#10 posted 08-05-2012 12:30 PM

Very nicely done. I can well imagine the amount of sanding in your project. I’m sure your present was a big hit.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Woodbridge

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#11 posted 08-05-2012 01:45 PM

Great project. Those look like very nice knives, the work you did on the handles certainly shows. I like the contrasting colours of the the knife block as well. I’m sure your friends will enjoy your gift for many years,

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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jbschutz

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#12 posted 08-05-2012 03:41 PM

Great looking knives and storage block…...what is the material inside the block that supports the knife blades?

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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#13 posted 08-05-2012 05:24 PM

This is beautifully done! Congrats on the daily top 3 as well.

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Kernal

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#14 posted 08-05-2012 05:31 PM

It looks to me like spaghetti in the holder, which is a cute idea for a kitchen.
Beautiful project.

-- A new version of the old adage - "Count twice, buy once."

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Manitario

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#15 posted 08-07-2012 04:51 AM

Thanks for the kind comments! jbschutz; the material in the block is bamboo skewers, I got the idea from several other fine LJ’s here. It works well for holding the knives and looks cool.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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