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Project by BTKS posted 619 days ago 943 views 1 time favorited 10 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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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 619 days ago

Nice looking handle

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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paratrooper34

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#2 posted 619 days ago

Very Nice!

-- Mike

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Don W

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#3 posted 619 days ago

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

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

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BTKS

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#4 posted 618 days ago

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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Don W

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#5 posted 618 days ago

I love the hammered look of the blade.

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

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Nate Meadows

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#6 posted 618 days ago

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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NaFianna

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#7 posted 618 days ago

Very nice. Well done

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#8 posted 618 days ago

cool

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

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vakman

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#9 posted 618 days ago

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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BTKS

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#10 posted 618 days ago

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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