|Project by BTKS||posted 12-10-2012 04:31 AM||1306 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
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)