|Project by Dinger||posted 01-09-2014 04:16 PM||2997 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
Here is my interpretation of the knife scales on the Woodriver Skinner Knife kit available at Woodcraft. The first photo depicts the knives unfinished. The top is Bocote, the middle is Padauk, and the bottom Brazillian Cherry. This was my first experience with Padauk – it smelled like candy!
These are the second knife scall project I’ve tackled. The first was a gift for my brother using a Japanese folded steel kitchen knife kits from Woodcraft. These turned out better. Instead of buying the knife-scale wood packets they have there, I bought some 3/8” thick x 3” wide x 30” long boards when they were having a 50% off lumber sale. I also bought the kits when they were on sale dirt cheap.
I should’ve taken a better photo, but since these knives aren’t that long I wanted them to have some heft. The total thickness at their thickest is about 7/8” toward the lanyard hole. they gently taper toward the blade and there is also a gentle curve where the fore finger wraps around the handle. I shaped the scales using a bump sander, a flap disc sander on and angle grinder to rough in the shape. A dremel was used for final rough shaping and hand sanding beyond that. I spend about a day from start to finish on three knives. I could have probably done a couple more and added only a little more time to that number. I buffed out the steel and gave them a razor sharp edge after applying a pure tung oil. I buffed that surface and added carnauba wax and buffed that as well. The last photo is my sophisticated drying system! lol
All my male in-laws are hunters and these will be used for skinning and field dressing their kills – next deer season that is! These were so much fun (and I’ve got plenty of wood left over!) I think I’ll wait for the knives to go on sale again and load up and make a few just to have on hand for gifts in the future.
Thanks for looking!
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