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Bow Knife-A-Palooza aka What I get For Running My Mouth

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Project by BusterB posted 11-20-2013 01:47 AM 2828 views 39 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I attended a craftsman fair a few weeks back and she stopped at the display of a guy selling cutting boards and other kitchen type products. While I was admiring the guys work, I should have been more dilligent in keeping a eye on my wife. He had introduced her to a nifty number called a bow knife. At the price he was asking, I am pretty sure she was gonna hand it back and walk away. Being smarter than the average bear, the crafter whipped out a loaf of french bread and told her to give it a go…well long story short, she left with two of them. Later I made a offhand comment to her that if I could find out where to buy the blades that ”I could make those”. Fast forward a wee bit to a recent lunch they held at her school for our local veterans to which she took her bow knife. Some of the folks helping with the meal expressed an interest in having their very own magical bow knife to which my wife responded….you guessed it… ”my husband can make them”. Thats what I get for opening my big mouth…lol Well I found a source for the blades and am trying to stay ahead of her ever growing list.
Cut the blanks out of walnut, white oak and some beautiful spalted red oak (last pic) that I managed to salvage out of a stick of firewood. Cut rough shapes out on bandsaw and sanded with drum sander attachment for drill press. Finished with Howards Butcher Block oil. Instructions with the blades advise to place handle in a clamp while installing blade so that the blade will be under tension when finished. Lesson learned…keep my danged mouth shut…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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Handtooler

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#1 posted 11-20-2013 02:00 AM

Nice ,and I suppose you make ‘em either right handed or left handed? Then make the depth between the blade and the bow the thickness you perfer yous bread slices?? Wanna share the blade source?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#2 posted 11-20-2013 02:04 AM

Yes, yes and yes Russell….lol Did see a two handled version that could be either right or left handed. Blades can be purchased from KenCraft directly or on Amazon… Stay safe buddy

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 11-20-2013 03:20 AM

I just showed this to my wife as she was cutting a new loaf of bread…... I didn’t learn from your mistake and will be making one tomorrow! and than probably many more. Thanks for posting this looks like a fun fairly easy little project!

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#4 posted 11-20-2013 03:51 AM

I honestly have to say I could use a good new bread knife. This one looks like a good one. Nice work Buster. Maybe I can get on your wife’s list and you can make it for me. ha ha Well done.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#5 posted 11-20-2013 03:56 AM

OK buddy, this is now in “my favorites”. I did NOT show this to my wife as it would make a nifty Christmas gift. However, this would make a great blog, hint, hint. I for one could use just a little more detail on some of the dimensions and how to mount the blade. Fantastic project my friend.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Handtooler

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#6 posted 11-20-2013 04:00 AM

Luv2learn, Check out the KenCraft page under products They have blades laminets w blades and full kits ready to sand and finish. Buster sent me there.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#7 posted 11-20-2013 04:03 AM

Very nice , Buster, now you have to get some french bread and start the program all over again and yo’ll be busier than ever!!
I have seen them in action and they are great knives for bread and I’ll be they will cut bagels pretty good too.

Thanks, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 11-20-2013 04:43 AM

Something tells me, Buster, that your wife knows exactly how to get you to open your mouth and insert your foot to her advantage! heeheehee Those look like great gifts! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 11-20-2013 04:57 AM

Great job on that one buddy. Just as I pulled up your project, my wife came in and seen it, and you guessed it, I now have many to do as well. Thanks ole buddy! LOL I just finished checking out the Kencraft page, and pretty sure I will be making a order with them in the morning. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#10 posted 11-20-2013 05:01 AM

well if you guys really want to get into this bread knife thing you might want to check out this site

the price is right and i think its the same blades these other guys are selling for a lot more just no screws…. (wonder where you could get stainless steel screws?)

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#11 posted 11-20-2013 06:32 AM

sgtq- Thanks for your comment. Thankfully so far they are really fun to make…lol Just a warning, bread isnt all they thin slice. First one I did, while using an awl to make a starter hole for the screw…it kicked outta the clamp and sliced a paper thin layer off my left thumb.

Dave- Thanks buddy. If you dont get around to making one, let me know and I will fix you up. Well after I get all of the wifes made anyhow…lol

L2L- Thanks my friend. Russell told you right but if you wanna make bunches of them look at the site garren20 posted. If you will google bow knife you will find various images of different styles of these things. I saw one that you can adjust the thickness of the cut by turning a thumb screw. It looked like a version of this thing you would build buddy…lol

Jim- Thank you sir…. It supposedly cuts ham and roast beef pretty well too…lol

Candy- I am pretty sure that way back in kindergarden whilst the little boys were playing with toy trucks, they were pulling y’all aside and giving lessons on just that very thing…rofl Thanks for the comment my freind

Hoss- Sorry buddy…lol Will be very interested to see how you tweak this into a manly man build…. cant tell you how much I am looking forward to you big shop unveiling next summer.

Garren20- Nice. That drives the cost of mass producing these down to nearly nothing. I am sure the helpful folks at Ace or Truevalue could fix you right up with the perfect stainless pan head screws to make em work.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 11-20-2013 12:30 PM

Say, Buster, can you please copy into here that link to the blades. I used that name and never found it on Amazon. I Googled it and found some sources in China through Alibaba and others. On one they are $3-$5 and you have to buy a min of 39 . On another they are like 50 cents and you have to buy 1000.

Thanks, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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CFrye

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#13 posted 11-20-2013 01:13 PM

Jim, here is an Amazon link
They are also called a Fiddle Bow Knife.
Buster, you think that Kindergarden teachers are women for a reason? ;-)

-- God bless, Candy

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verc

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#14 posted 11-20-2013 02:00 PM

I have made a number of these knifes using various kinds of hardwood. Be careful when working with these blades as they are very sharp. I usually make a little cardboard sleeve to put on them to protect people from getting cut before they even get home with them.

-- John, UP of Michigan

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Mainiac Matt

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#15 posted 11-20-2013 02:46 PM

Thanks Buster…

I just figured out what to make my wife for Christmas

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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