Awls and Knives for Marking Knife Swap

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Project by ShaneA posted 03-30-2013 07:57 PM 2440 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some of the knives and awls I made for the Marking Tools swap. I sent GMatheson a walnut awl, and marking knife. The awl was made from a kit from Czech Edge consisting of O1 steel and ferrule. I also got 2 marking knife kits (they are the ones in zebrawood) and the bird cage awl kit as well. The marking knife I sent was just simply a blade I had taken from a complete marking knife I had purchased. I removed the blade, turned a new handle, and added a brass ferrule. This are my first attempts at making these type of items.

I made several of these, and it was tough to figure out which ones to send. I figured I would go with a more matched wood, so I sent the walnut awl and knife. They were a lot of fun to make and hopefully he will get some use from them. I will have to admit, I did not have an awl, and barely had ever used one before. But, I found it to be a really useful tool, and I will be using one with a lot more frequency.

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#1 posted 03-30-2013 08:32 PM

lovely tools

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#2 posted 03-30-2013 08:33 PM

Nicely done Shane. The turnings really turned out great….I may follow your lead and give this a try….thanks….

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

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#3 posted 03-30-2013 08:34 PM

Beautiful marking knives and awls Shane, good job.

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#4 posted 03-30-2013 09:39 PM

Really nice Shane, you done good.

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#5 posted 03-30-2013 10:08 PM

Great job Shane. You made a really nice variety of tools there and they are all users.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 03-30-2013 10:27 PM

Thanks fellas, they were fun and pretty quick projects.

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#7 posted 03-30-2013 10:31 PM

great job shane.

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#8 posted 03-31-2013 12:16 AM

Cool. Only reason I’d want a lathe is to make knobs and tool handles;-) But the LJ newbie doesn’t know what the marking tool swap is?

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#9 posted 03-31-2013 12:22 AM

Nice work, they look great. Like you I never bothered with an awl until someone asked for one. I made a test one and actually used it and found I had alot of use as I went along.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 03-31-2013 12:29 AM

Red the reason I wanted a lathe was for tool handles and knobs. I have only had mine a couple of months. The swaps (this was the 2nd one) are a shop made tool exchange. Draw names, send one away…get one in return. Its fun to see everyone’s take on the items. The 1st swap was a Christmas mallet swap. Not sure when or what the next one will entail, but they are fun.

Butcher, maybe the best part of the whole thing was discovering the usefulness of the awl. I used the one I sent a lot. Handy little tool.

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#11 posted 03-31-2013 12:35 AM

True, and everyone seems to have a very different idea on how the handle should look. My wrist was shattered in Iraq so I have unusual requirements for handles, they work for me but others wonder what was I thinking… Like I could buy one that way right??? (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#12 posted 03-31-2013 03:11 AM

Wow Shane. Those are beautiful.

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#13 posted 03-31-2013 01:37 PM

Looking real nice Shane.
Those are pretty.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 03-31-2013 03:32 PM

Very nice Shane. This swap was a great exercise. The ferrules on the zebra wood marking knifes are especially nice. Did they come in the kit?

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#15 posted 03-31-2013 03:39 PM

Yeah CL, they were two of the blade/kit options that Czech Edge offered.

Thanks for all the kind words.

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