|Forum topic by hackery||posted 10-09-2016 07:10 PM||305 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
10-09-2016 07:10 PM
Hi Guys and Girls
Not really sure if I am allowed to post this but given half of the knife is wood I thought it might be ok.
I live in Northern Ireland which is a small country of 1.8 million people and there is literally one place in the whole country that sells hardwood anywhere else it’s pine or plywood. As a result the one place that sells hardwood isn’t cheap as they have cornered the market and I got fed up of throwing out small offcuts that were no use for my normal woodworking projects…. so thought I would make knife scales. I wasn’t prepared to pay for knife blanks so ended up making my own from 01 tool steel (carbon steel 1095 I think it’s called in the US).
Made a small forge from refractory (kiln) brick, aluminium angle and threaded rod powered by both propane and map torches to heat treat the blade and tempered in a toaster oven. Blade profiled and ground using my little 1” woodworking belt sander.
Scales which is the woodworking bit are made from cherry hardwood scraps cut on the bandsaw and then resawed on the bandsaw to split down the middle to give two equal sides. Holes for brass pins down with drill press and then epoxy’ed on and a mechanical lock by peening the ends of the brass pins once the scales were all shaped by using my belt sander and then by hand using broken belt strips from 60 grit right up to 400 grit. Finished with a coat of Danish oil.
Blade passes the standard “internet sharpness test” of shaving arm hair and slicing newspaper but think I won’t keep quite a fine edge on it as I camp a lot so will go for a more robust edge rather than a razor edge.
Sorry if this breaks any rules.
Thanks for taking a look.
-- Notice woodworker and now metal worker - Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK