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Padauk marking knife for spring swap

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Project by shampeon posted 468 days ago 1382 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I drew Brandon W in the 2013 Marking Knife/Awl swap. I took a quick look at Brandon’s (very impressive) projects to get a sense of what style he might like in a knife or awl, and saw that he already had made a scratch awl. I confirmed with him that he’d prefer a marking knife.

A while back I picked up a decent sized offcut of rough padauk from MacBeath’s bargain bin, and used it to practice squaring up rough stock with just hand planes.

It was maybe the best $20 I’ve ever spent on wood. It is gorgeous, and easy to work as well. I’ve been using the board here and there for other projects, and had a turning square that was perfect for a knife handle. It got me thinking about how padauk’s color changes as it ages, and I decided I wanted to make that the theme of the knife.

Copper goes well with the red-orange color of padauk, and will similarly tarnish with age. A copper end cap from the hardware store would be the ferrule. I finished the knife handle with some blonde shellac and carnauba wax.

So then I got to thinking about the blade. I could make one out of the 01 stock I bought for my plough plane blade project, but that didn’t really fit with the “change over time” theme. Then I remembered that I had a bunch of twist auger bits that were beyond help, leftovers from an eBay lot of bits I bought a while back.

The head of the auger bit might make a pretty nice, and unique, blade, the shank would be easy to fit in a hole in the handle, and the channels in the shank would hold the glue. I shaped and sharpened the head, but left the exposed shank’s rough patina. You can see the size and makers stamps on the sides of the blade.

And it fit with the theme: an auger bit is now a marking knife blade. This is how the knife looks now, but just like us, it’s going to look different as it ages.

Of course, also like us, it’s not perfect. I wish I had better squared the ends of the ferrule before putting it on. And I added a flat to the handle to keep it from rolling that’s probably a little too subtle to be useful. I only discovered that after I had glued in the blade. But I’m still pretty pleased with the result, and hope Brandon enjoys seeing it slowly age and tarnish.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 468 days ago

Nice, I like the unique look of the blade.

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 468 days ago

That’s some clean work Shampeon, and a great looking
marking knife.

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BigRedKnothead

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#3 posted 468 days ago

Nice work man, you guys are giving me marking knife envy.

-- Red -- "The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out WHY." -Mark Twain

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jap

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#4 posted 468 days ago

lovely marking knife, i’m sure it will be enjoyed

-- Joel

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Dave

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#5 posted 468 days ago

Nice knife and it should last a long time.
Well done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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bondogaposis

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#6 posted 468 days ago

That is very unique, using an auger bit. Nice.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Brandon

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#7 posted 467 days ago

There it is! I appreciate seeing the backstory, too. It’s a great knife and I’m happy to be its owner!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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boxcarmarty

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#8 posted 467 days ago

That’s an interesting blade shampeon. Should last a long time…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 467 days ago

Good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Mauricio

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#10 posted 466 days ago

Very nice Shamp. I like the theme, the wood looks great with the brass and what a great idea for the blade.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Fishinbo

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#11 posted 464 days ago

Really beautiful marking knife! Like the shape of the handle and the blade, will have lots of use. Great work!

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Rick M.

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#12 posted 462 days ago

The blade makes it very unique and interesting.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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