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Project by BTKS posted 12-10-2012 04:31 AM 1018 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made the handle for this utility knife / scraper and pry bar. I’ve made several handles for hammers, chisels, etc. This is the first knife handle I’ve made. The finish is boiled linseed oil. The hadle is brass riveted and bonded with fiberglass resin. Because the ends became pretty thin, I coated the entire handle in the resin before sanding for finish.
This is a one piece handle. The tang is aprox 1/8 X 1/2 in 4in long. I drilled as far as I could then heated the tang, before the end was turned into a screwdriver, and burned in the remainder of the depth. That’s when I decided to cut it shorter and make the end of the tang an extra tool. I shaped the hadle after it was fitted to the knife.
I made the knife for a guy who did a lot of digging and research to find me disk mower blades that would work in my wood chipper. I now have a functional chipper with two full sets of flail knives. This is a thank you for his efforts. The knife is made from one of the old chipper blades. It’s about mid 50’s on the rockwell scale in hardness. The third pic has the raw material laid out next to the finished product. The finished knife is roughly 7in long and the blade finish is what I call chip knap. The blade geometry is convex to hopefully help supporrt the cutting edge during heavy cutting and scraping. The gentleman getting the knife opens lots of boxes and works on small machinery. The pry tip / screwdriver may come in handy for access panels and hub bearing covers.
Thanks for looking, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)





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#1 posted 12-10-2012 08:52 AM

Nice looking handle

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-10-2012 11:16 AM

Very Nice!

-- Mike

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 12:55 PM

cool project. Just be careful using the screw driver !!

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#4 posted 12-10-2012 01:55 PM

Don, There is a specific way you want to grip it. The recipient may want to just round it off to match the curve of the handle.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#5 posted 12-10-2012 01:59 PM

I love the hammered look of the blade.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#6 posted 12-10-2012 02:50 PM

I agree with Don, the hammered look is awesome!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#7 posted 12-10-2012 08:42 PM

Very nice. Well done

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#8 posted 12-10-2012 10:11 PM

cool

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#9 posted 12-11-2012 12:02 AM

Wow that’s a beautiful looking tool, thanks for sharing.

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

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#10 posted 12-11-2012 12:55 AM

vakman, I saw your post on my e-mail alert and for some reason it is not the same as what is posted on the site. I’m confused!!
The e-mail post mentioned, any more info on it would be great. I can’t think of a lot more but I’d be happy to field questions to the best of my limited experience.
BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 09-22-2014 10:56 AM

Very interesting knife. Can you share more on this chip knap process? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 09-28-2014 02:35 AM

CFrye:
The blade is lightly textured with a small ball peen hammer while red to orange hot. I just worked on one today at a blacksmithing demo. I may have to go over it again a little harder. The steel in this blade is incredibly tough.
I try not to hit too hard because it can cause the item to dish or warp. The texture certainly would not be limited to knife making.
Thanks for looking.
BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#13 posted 09-28-2014 02:06 PM

Nice! Thanks for the explanation!

-- God bless, Candy

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