Handling a hook knife tang questions

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  1. Carabnr

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    IMG_5986.JPG I went to the Greenwood Fest last weekend and got a nice Reid Schwarz hookknife blade. I have a piece of cherry heartwood I've been whittling down octagonally and shaving out to fit the tang. But the tight fit now only goes about an inch and a half into the handle but it leaves a nice piece of tang to wrap a finger around. Do you think I should go deeper or epoxy it like that?
     
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    That's a really nice looking blade. Pretty personal I guess depending on your style of working with it. Might be more comfy for your index finger if it's set deeper though. Either way throw up a pic when you're done. Cheers
     
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    I would go deeper. If it is only 1 1/2" deep, the stresses of cutting could crack your handle.
     
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    IMG_1405.JPG I handled a Deep Woods Ventures hook knife and I tried it set out about 1/2" or so. Had the same idea as you. Found out I didn't really care for it. So I snugged it up to about 1/4 or so. Feels better to me anyway.
     
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    Yup that's my take on it too, if it was a bigger hook with the two handed cam with a ROUND SHAFT then you would want the shaft exposed for a pivot point. I tried it out just snugged in and it didn't feel good. I decided to go up close as I can and keep checking the feel.

    Thanks @Runesland @MrFixIt and @Finner

    I think this is gonna be a nice blade, it has a hollow inside and seemed super sharp right from the start. I paid $80 for the blade alone

    If you're interested u can google Reid Schwartz
     
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    Nice looking blade!
     
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    Please keep us updated @Carabnr , I would very much appreciate seeing the finished knife and to see what beauties you carve with it!
     
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    Thank's @MrFixIt I already cut my thumb trying it out at different depths. 1/4 to 3/8' seems right. A tapered octagonal handle with the blade side slanted back towards the knuckle of the index finger. When you hold it in your fingers with the blade towards you, and curl them towards your palm... not your thumb it won't cut you. I suspect. Pics to follow
     
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    That feels about right.
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    There's the cut and the cherry handle
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    I luckily had some paring chisels that fit just right.

    Looks and feels pretty sharp out of the sheath
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    My only question now is should I use 5 minute epoxy or something else?
     
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    I'll do that @Carabnr ..... I like the thinner profile of it. And I have a serious issue with carving knives...... I want them ALL ;)
     
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    What kind of epoxy do you have?
     
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    Not sure 5 minute in the tubes from Lowes one part is light blue @MrFixIt
     
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    I think I have another kind too. I'll check when I get home
     
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    Whatever kind you use make sure that it has enough tensile strength when properly cured.
     
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    I use..... or at least I did..... Gorilla glue. Everyone here told me that was crap. Now I use West Systems gfex. I've used Devcon on scales with no issues. I think you'll be fine. ;)
     
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    yes, install the blade as close to the handle as possible for better leverage and control. you flake carve anyway
     
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    Thanks @Runesland I am familiar with West System, but never herd of GFEX. I used it to work on kayaks and paddles. Thanks for the advice too @Keyser Söze
     
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    I agree with @Runesland , that should work just fine.
    Another couple of tips...take a small file and make a couple/three small notches in the tang. The notches will provide a bit more surface area for the epoxy.
    Also, make sure you clean the tang to remove any oily residue.
     
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    I used JB weld for my pinewood forge knife as Del recommended with a slight cant in the blade.
     
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    I did much the same with my Ventures blade and hook knife......only with glue. Helps in the slicing action imo.
     
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    I posted a short video of where I'm at so far on my IG account
    Search Carabnr if u want to..
     
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