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awmiller's picture
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She Needs A Handle!!

 

 

I've had this blade for who knows how long!  But she's needing a handle and I'm posting her up to start getting some inputs!  Hopefully the tape measurer will help in giving you an idea of the blade's length.  So start pushing up those recommendations!  Can't wait to see how she turns out once a handle choice has been made!!

 

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Did you check with Romey?

Did you check with Romey?  Best knife maker on the forum...an artist of his caliber might have some good ideas.  Here's his website:

http://www.highcountryknives.com/

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And I thought this thread would be about picking a log in name for the wife.....Confused

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nice

Looks like she was made from an old shoe-horn.  Just wrap her handle with hockey tape lol :lol: Just kidding!!

I think you can easily put a nice handle on that one in the form of two slabs, one on each side.  Are you handy with woodworking at all?  Do you have a drill press, band saw, and bench grinder?  Take a pice of Hickory.  A replacement hammer handle or hatchet handle purchased from a hardware store is a good source for this material and inexpensive to buy.  Not to mension the length of a standard handle gives you plenty of material to work in case you screw up the first try. 

Work it down to the dimensions (thickness or thinness) you want by using a combination of spoke-shaves, planes, rasps, course files, or a grinder.  Rip the piece down the middle with a table saw to get each scale slab, then cut it's length down to approximate size and shape with a band saw or a coping saw.  Futher shape it to the knife's steel handle shape with a rasp or grinder. Drill your holes with a drill press where you want your rivets or screws to go. 

Do a final finish of the hickory wood by sanding, first with rougher 70 to 100 grit, take it down to 150 grit, step to 200 grit, then to 250 grit, from there you can stop or go as fine as your tastes desire for smoothness all the way to 1000 grit.  Stain the hickory with either an alcohol based Feibings leather dye, from a leather shop, or with an oil stain like Cabotts from a hardware store.  I say alcohol based because hickory is a very hard/dense wood and needs the alcohol to act as a solvent carrier to get the dye deep into the wood fibers, you can use natural gum turpentine as well for that purpose with an oil stain. Then after the dye dries completely, seal it in with boiled linseed oil or genuine tung oil.

I'm sure Romey can give you some better pointers as he does this professionally for a living.  The above is just how I would do it on that particular knife, given my hobbyist woodworking experience.